How to Make Taco Seasoning and
Add Superb Flavours to Your Fillings

If you regularly enjoy different types of homemade tacos, then knowing how to make taco seasoning is a must! This version is Hot 'n' Spicy and is really very easy-to-make. I like to use this version for my beef fillings. See bottom of the page for other variations.

Note: For this blend I use a few whole ingredients which I then grind. However, if you don't have all the whole spices for this recipe, simply use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts by half. For example instead of 3 tablespoons of cumin seeds you would use 1½ tablespoons of pre-ground cumin. Also reduce the peppercorns by half if you don't have whole.

How to Make Taco Seasoning

What You'll Need: (makes about 11-12 tablespoons)

3 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp hot Hungarian paprika (or regular)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
3-4 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp sea salt
8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the bay with the basil, oregano, cumin, salt and peppercorns
  • Add to a bowl
  • Add the chili, cayenne, paprika, mustard, garlic and onion powders and combine thoroughly

Store this taco seasoning recipe in an airtight jar in a cool place out of sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh lot.

Note: Just before grinding the whole spices, it's not a bad idea to lightly toast them. You could do this for the peppercorns and cumin seeds.

Toasting releases even more flavours and aromas and is highly recommended! Click here for tips on this(Link opens in new window)

Why Homemade Mixes and Blends Are Best

picture of homemade taco seasoning

By making your own herb and spice mixes you get the chance to experiment...

Prefer more heat? Add more chili!

Not keen on oregano? Use parsley or another dried herb.

Hate garlic? Leave it out. You get the picture.

You don't get this choice with commercial blends; you have to make do with what the manufacture chooses.

Other Seasoning Recipes You May Like to Try

A Taco Blend - Basic
But Will Still Add
Tons of Flavour

A Spicy, Versatile
Taco Mix - One For
Your Meaty Fillings

A Collection of
Cooking Spices
For the Tastiest 
Home Cooking

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