Homemade Taco Seasoning


This week, I’m tying in my favorite, easy, homemade taco seasoning recipe. I’ve been using this simple blend for over a decade – in fact, it’s a well-loved gem in my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. I also shared it many years ago on my old blog (time to migrate it to my main website!). To note, I have seen versions of my homemade taco seasoning recipe posted on some other blogs since, but I assure you it’s one that I whipped up and posted many, many years ago!

The BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - all natural, easy, versatile and easy to modify to taste!

Why Make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

  • Many brands contain milk. Yes, seriously. Whey is a fairly common ingredient in seasoning packets. You may also spot nonfat milk powder or straight up lactose.
  • You control the quality. There are no fillers needed when making it at home, and you can use good quality spices. My spice rack is almost completely Simply Organic now – I love the freshness and sourcing of their spices and for what you get, the price is pretty darn competitive.
  • It can be adapted to taste. Sometimes I want it a little spicier, while other times I want garlic-free. I’ve twisted and turned this homemade taco seasoning recipe numerous ways to fit meals and heat preferences.
  • You can use a little, or a lot. No awkward packet to fold up if you only want to use half. I often make a double batch of this homemade taco seasoning and store it in a spice shaker for use on popcorn, veggies, or when I just need a teaspoon or two for our meal.

365 Dairy-Free Recipe Challenge Update

With the 365 New Dairy-Free Recipe Challenge, my goal is to trial at least 365 new-to-me recipes this year, and that doesn’t even count all of the retesting I am doing to perfect many of those dishes.

This week, I was on track and as you can tell, whipped up MANY batches of oatmeal. I’ve definitely got tasty oatmeal for days going on around here.

My New Dairy-Free Recipe Trials for January 28th through February 3rd:

  • Apple Cinnamon Dutch Baby (update – the recipe is here!)
  • Cajun Chicken & Potatoes (a throw together that turned out recipe-worthy – I’ll be making again!)
  • Deconstructed Wonton Soup (mistakes galore, but I’m on the right track)
  • Banana Bread, PB & J, Almond Joy, and Cinnamon Roll Instant Oatmeal – yes, 4 recipes in 1! (2018 update – these recipes are in the new Go Dairy Free!)
  • Southwestern Bowls with Sweet & Spicy Marinade (more salt!)
  • White Chocolate Crispy Bars (update – the recipe is here!)
  • Taco Tater Wedges … simply made with this homemade taco seasoning recipe …

The BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - all natural, easy, versatile and easy to modify to taste!

Special Diet Notes: Homemade Taco Seasoning

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, paleo, and generally top food allergy-friendly.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning
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Serves: 2½ tablespoons or the equivalent of a ¼-ounce store-bought packet
  1. Stir all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. If not using immediately, store in an airtight container.
To Prepare: Add the full batch of this seasoning mix to 1 lb of almost cooked ground meat, cubed chicken, vegan “meat” crumbles, cubed tofu, or chopped vegetables. Finish cooking with the seasoning incorporated to help the flavors meld.

Heat Note: We use a mild to medium heat chili powder, as we prefer to control the spice of our meals after the fact, with hot sauce or salsa to taste, but you can use a hot chili powder if preferred.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. If I were to make up a larger batch to have more on-hand all the time, how much would I use per # of meat?

  2. I love homemade spice rubs and combinations – so much better than the store-bought ones. The latter are almost always too salty for my taste and never seem to hit the right spice notes. This one looks perfect. I think it would make a great gift too.

  3. I always buy taco seasoning even though I know it is so easy to make. I finally have a great recipe from you and no more excuses to make my own. I really like your simple and delicious take on taco seasoning.

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