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Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet Replacement


  • 1 1⁄2teaspoons paprika
  • 1teaspoon chili powder
  • 1⁄2teaspoon oregano
  • 1⁄2teaspoon salt or 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt


  • Stir seasoning and 3/4 cup water into 1 pound browned and drained hamburger; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  • St. Croix Cook

    This is a great replacement for the “packets” we normally would use. Good point regarding MSG, read your labels carefully. I checked mine after reading this comment and found mine was free of MSG.

  • cmdoc_5600933

    When the description says mild, that was an understatement. When mixed with one pound of meat, this barely seasoned the taco meat. If you ate the meat by itself, you could pick up a hint of flavor. When mixed in with the rest of the taco ingredients (shell, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and cheese), you couldn't taste the meat at all.

  • ChefDLH

    I needed a packet and didn’t feel like running out. I also needed it to be mild for a specific guest and after reading the four ingredients I thought this would be a match and it was. Very mild but perfect seasoning for those who don’t want a lot of kick. I made it with the salt as written but may try the garlic salt next time. Great savings and no extra additives. Thanks for sharing this replacement Deb’s recipes!
    Enjoy! ChefDLH

  • Rita M

    I was craving a taco pie the other night and realized I didn’t have a taco seasoning packet. i found this, here on Zaar and I will never buy a taco packet again. This is great!!!! Thanks

  • rm39373

    Chili powder has msg in it!!!

  • broach6

    Way too much paprika, and seems to be missing something.

  • bmcnichol

    We are in the middle of an ice/snow storm and I needed a pack of taco seasoning for Creamy Burrito Casserole and I wasn’t driving anywhere 🙂 This worked out perfectly. Loved this and will be using more often. I followed the recipe as written using the salt instead of the garlic salt.

  • angeljoy

    I find that I agreed with broach6 and felt that it was missing something. On the whole, it was a good beginning, but I found that I needed to definitely add the salt. (I thought perhaps I could get away with leaving out the salt.) I also increased the chili powder by 1/2 t, and added 1/2 t of cumin, 1/2 t garlic powder, 1/2 t onion powder. I feel that it rounded out the flavors while keeping it mild.

  • Carol B.

    I'm sorry – I just can't agree with the positive reviews. I followed the recipe exactly and was very disappointed. There was absolutely no taste. I needed a mild flavor so seeing it listed as "mild" didn't bother me. I was concerned at first because all I had was smoked paprika. I ended up increasing the ingredients called for and adding cumin, garlic powder and onion powder. This did round out the flavors while keeping it mild. I increased the chili powder by 1/2 t, added 1/2 t of cumin, garlic, onion powder and 1 T of salsa. I definitely needed the salt.

  • Mrs. Duncan Mahogany

    What could be easier?? This is amazing and I have forgotten to rate this before. Its a staple in our house and will keep using this recipe for a very long time to come. No additives, no MSG….perfect!