Taco Seasoning Mix - A Hot and Spicy Version
That's Just Perfect For Your Ground Beef Fillings

If you're after a hot taco seasoning mix then this is the one for you! The recipe below is quick and very easy-to-make, and uses a blend of fiery habanero peppers plus a few traditional spices and herbs. I've added a couple of sweeter, milder spices to dial the heat down a little and I like to use this one for my ground beef fillings.

Note: I use whole coriander and cumin seeds for this recipe as I find they add the best flavours. If you only have them ground, just use that and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of whole cumin you use 1 tablespoon pre-ground cumin. Same goes for the coriander if you only have the powder.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix 

What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)

6-7 dried habanero chili peppers (or 2 tablespoons hot chili powder)
2 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried Mexican oregano
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dried mint
3 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder

1-2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp grated nutmeg
8 dried bay leaves
3-4 whole star anise (or 2 teaspoons pre-ground)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Chop the habanero peppers
  • Crumble the bay and break up the star anise
  • Grind the habanero pieces, bay and anise with the salt, cumin and coriander
  • Add to a bowl. (Sieve into the bowl if you prefer a finer blend)
  • Add the cayenne, garlic, onion and grated nutmeg
  • Crumble in the mint and oregano. Combine thoroughly

Store your homemade taco mix in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months. 

Note: If you want to extract even more flavours from the ingredients, dry toast the anise, peppers, coriander and cumin before grinding and combining. The heat really brings out the most fabulous aromas and taste!

Click here to read more about how to toast and grind ingredients. Includes a short demonstration video. (Link opens in new window)

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