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If you’ve got 5 minutes, than you can put together this easy homemade taco seasoning recipe and always have some on hand for taco Tuesday, or any night of the week!

Teaspoon of homemade taco seasoning recipeHomemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

It sure is easy to buy your own spice blend at the store, but you know what else is easy? Making it at home so you can control the ingredients and flavor and always have it on hand! Homemade taco seasoning mix is simple, can be customized to your tastes (though we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this blend), and can be used on an endless variety of meats and veggies for a quick meal any night of the week, and not just for tacos! Use it on chicken, beef, shrimp, beans, cauliflower, potatoes or even popcorn!

What’s in it

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Granules
  • Ground Celery Seed
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)

ingredients for how to make taco seasoning mix

Why you should make your own DIY taco seasoning

The best part about making your own spice blend is that you can control the quality of the spice and quantity of each. When you are purchasing a bottle of it at the store there is always a chance you actually don’t like the taste. You’ll know what we mean if you’ve picked up a brand name bottle and hated it because they really can vary drastically in flavor. Taco seasoning, or Mexican spice blend is definitely one of the ones that can be hit or miss. But our blend of spices? It’s the best, we promise! But also we list what we use and the quantity, so if you know you love a particular spice a lot and want to add a little extra, it’s totally okay to do. Start with 1/2 teaspoon at a time of decreasing or increasing to adjust to your particular taste.

How long does it keep

So it’s not that spices go bad, it’s that spices lose their potency. It’s generally accepted that spices should last about a year once opened, but that’s assuming the store you are purchasing it from has a quick turnover rate and isn’t let spices sit on the shelves for a while. If you are making this spice blend with spices that have been sitting on your shelf for a while your blend will lose its potency quicker. At the LCK test kitchen, if spices have been around for more than a year we toss and refresh with new ones.

Taco seasoning is perfect on:

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Fajitas
  • Burritos
  • Pork
  • Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Popcorn

If you like this taco seasoning recipe, check out these others:

  • Taco Chicken Salad
  • How To Make The BEST Taco Meat (In The Instant Pot!)
  • 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet [VIDEO]
  • Crispy Chicken Tacos with Special Sauce

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    Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

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    If you've got 5 minutes, than you can put together this easy homemade taco seasoning recipe and always have some on hand for taco Tuesday, or any night of the week!
    Servings 1 /3 cup
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes


    • 3 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground celery seed
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • Pinch Cayenne Pepper omit for kid-friendly


    • Place all ingredients in a jar and stir or shake to mix it up completely.
    • Close with a tight fitting lid and store for up to one year (see note).


    Spices are best kept for one year, so if you are starting with older spices it may lose its potency sooner.
    Course: spice blend
    Cuisine: Gluten-free
    Author: Lexi

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  1. For “ground celery seed” do you mean just “celery seed” which is actually whole? I checked three stores and on Amazon and “ground celery seed” is hard to find and only in giant containers for restaurant use. Looking at the Amazon link in the recipe, it’s just regular celery seed, which is whole.