Homemade is Better—Taco Seasoning

In the movie Shrek, Donkey tells Shrek that everyone loves parfaits.  That’s how I feel about tacos.  I cannot say for sure that I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like tacos.  Tacos might be Mexico’s most endeared food, not that every other food from them isn’t loved, but I think the taco is probably the most famous.

I set out to find a taco seasoning that wasn’t extremely spicy and one that my kids would enjoy.  I thought that by making my own, I would know what goes in it and be able to adjust it.  The bonus is that, because I already have the ingredients, it costs me nothing to get more life out of these spices.  Plus, this is an easy recipe that requires only a handful of ingredients that most of us already have.

Here is my taco seasoning recipe; I hope you enjoy it.

Taco seasoning


2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp cumin
1tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground pepper

  • Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Add to a shaker or container.
  • Use 1 – 2 tablespoons in tacos, with ½ cup of water.
  • Keep in an airtight container, and this recipe will keep for up to 3 months.
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