Taco Seasoning From Scratch - Super Easy and Will
Add Fab Flavours and Mouthwatering Aromas

Making a homemade taco seasoning from scratch is the key to fabulous flavous and mouthwatering aromas! And if you've never made one before, you may be surprised how easy it is. Using a blend of traditional spices and herbs, the one below can be made in less than 10 minutes.

Note: I use a few whole ingredients for this recipe as this is the traditional way to make one from scratch. However, if you only have powdered ingredients available, use these and reduce the amounts the recipe requires by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Do this for each ingredient you don't have whole.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp Mexican oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp chili powder 
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp whole cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Finely grind the salt, peppercorns, cumin and cloves
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the chili, paprika, onion, garlic and nutmeg
  • Crumble in the basil and Mexican oregano. Combine thoroughly

Store your homemade taco mix in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount. 

Note: Now you've made your blend from scratch you could take things a step further by dry toasting the cumin, clove and peppercorns before cooling, grinding and mixing with the powders.

The heat from the toasting really brings out the flavours from the spices and is recommended if you have a spare few minutes.

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