Beef Taco Seasoning - A Hot and Spicy Mix
For Your Ground Meaty, Beef Fillings

This recipe for beef taco seasoning is a hot and fiery blend of dried Mexican chili peppers and spices that is a perfect fit for your meaty fillings. Quick and easy-to-make, in minutes you'll be adding delicious flavours and mouthwatering aromas to your cooking. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 10-11 tablespoons)

15-20 dried pequin peppers (or 2 tablespoons hot chili powder)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried Mexican oregano
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp mustard powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder

1-2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp peppercorns
8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Chop the pequin peppers
  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the pequin pieces and bay with the salt, thyme, cumin and peppercorns
  • Add to a bowl. (Sieve first if you want a finer blend)
  • Add the mustard, paprika, garlic, onion and cinnamon
  • Crumble in the oregano. Combine thoroughly

Store your homemade taco seasoning in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount. 

Note: Dry toasting the pequin peppers, peppercorns and cumin prior to grinding and mixing with the other ingredients is recommended. The heat will draw out even more flavours from the spices and peppers.

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Ingredient Note: For the best flavours, I use whole cumin and peppercorns for this recipe which I then grind. However, if you only have pre-ground spices it's fine to use these if you reduce the quantities in the recipe by half. For example, instead of 3 tablespoons of whole cumin you would use 4 teaspoons of pre-ground cumin. Reduce the peppercorns by half as well if you don't have whole.

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