How to Make Taco Seasoning and Add the
Authentic Flavours of Mexico to Your Dishes

For the homemade taco maker, knowing how to make taco seasoning yourself is the key to recreating authentic Mexican flavours. It really is simple and only takes a few minutes and the taste and aromas you'll add to your home cooked food is far better than any commercial blend you'll ever buy!

Note: If you don't have all the whole ingredients readily available, just use pre-ground powders but reduce the quantities by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds you would use 1 tablespoon of ground coriander. Reduce the other spices that you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 7 tablespoons)

3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp ancho chili powder (or other chili powder)
2 tbsp dried Mexican oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp onion powder
4 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp hot paprika powder
1-2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp whole cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the cumin, coriander, cloves and salt
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the chili, paprika, onion and garlic powders
  • Crumble in the basil and oregano and combine thoroughly

Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.

Note: As you've gone to the effort of making your own, why not take it a step further and dry toast the cumin, coriander and cloves before grinding and combining?

Toasting releases the most fabulous flavours and superb aromas which will ultimately end up in your fillings!

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