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Taco Seasoning Mix


  • 2teaspoons instant onion, Minced
  • 1teaspoon chili powder
  • 1⁄2teaspoon dried red pepper, Crushed
  • 1⁄4teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1⁄2teaspoon instant garlic, Minced
  • 1⁄2teaspoon cumin, Ground


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well.
  • Spoon mixture onto a 6-inch square of aluminum foil and fold to make airtight. Label as Taco Seasoning Mix.
  • Store in a cool, dry place and use within 6 months.
  • Makes 1 package (about 2 T) of mix.
  • Using the above recipe as a guide you can increase the amounts to make any number of packages.
  • Taco Filling: Brown 1 lb lean ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; drain the excess grease. Add 1/2 cup water and the seasoning mix.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Makes filling for 8 to 10 tacos.
  • Hope this is what you are looking for.


  • CabinKat

    I was surprised how bland this was after reading a lot of 5 star reviews. I was very disappointed with this after following the recipe. I had to add other spices to kick it up. I personally think that 1 tsp. of chili powder for a pound of meat is simply not enough. (To me) for a pound of meat, you need at least 3 Tbsp. of chili powder, and sometimes that’s not even enough, depending on if you use ground beef or turkey.

  • mlenderking

    I have used this recipe for over a year now. It’s my only “go to” for tacos. I prepare it in bulk so it’s always ready to go, no prep time. Love it.

  • Johnsdeere

    We loved this! We were looking for a taco seasoning that didn't have sugar and all the filler that store bought seasoning has. This will be our go to taco seasoning from here on out.

  • zentariana

    This is so good! I’ve just finished off yet another pan of tacos!
    I do it slightly differently:
    Dry onion flakes, garlic powder, cumin seeds, no cornstarch (boyfriend’s allergic). Also, I have really spicy chili powder, so I don’t do the flakes. (Also sometimes use one small onion and some cloves of garlic instead of dry)
    I do the meat as you say, then stir in a can of refried beans and some cheese – fantastic dinner! We’ve started eating it with Mexican Crema.
    Anyway. My mouth is currently singing your praises yet again. Thank you.

  • Cuestick

    I’ve used this a number of times and the flavor is just right. It makes our family taco nights really delicious!

  • mickeydownunder

    Made this tonight, TRUE!
    What a delight to have a seasoning with NO SUGAR in it too!
    Added extra chilli flakes, 1 canned tinned tomatoes (no sugar), 1 cup water, 1 cup no salt/sugar tomato paste and cannelloni beans…WHOO HOO! Thank you!

  • vetmom

    No pkgs of taco seasoning mix in the cupboard, and was in a hurry so didn’t want to rely on adding a bit of everything and adjusting to taste, so consulted Recipezaar and this looked good. Turned out great – no complaints from a family of five! I did add extra chili powder, and substituted a dash of cayenne for the dried red pepper, and garlic powder for the minced garlic. Thanks Opal!

  • tersim75

    This did not have enough flavor. Hot enough but lacked the old El Paso snap

  • ElizabethKnicely

    Who would have know with a few ingredients that I most always have on hand I could make the seasoning to whip up a great taco salad? The only thing that I changed in this was to use Hot Shot Seasoning instead of the Crushed Red Pepper and it turned out wonderfully. I doubled the batch as I made 2 pounds of hamburger and wanted there to be plenty of spice. I agree that this tastes pretty similar to Ortega brand taco seasoning and I too will be using this often. Thank you for a great spice to add to my cupboard Opal Fitzgerald!

  • Charlotte J

    This was the closest to the Ortega brand we use and like so well. I used a whole clove of garlic. It was a bit hot for my youngest so will have to tone it done just a bit. But this is definitely the seasoning I’ll use from now on.