Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - A Herby
Blend For Cheese and Vegetable Fillings

A quality homemade taco seasoning recipe is a necessity when making traditional Mexican tacos. And by making it yourself you can tailor the ingredients to whatever filling you choose. Something you can't do if you buy a commercial mix. This is a herby version for cheese and vegetables fillings(See the bottom of the page for links to more of my homemade recipes)

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

3 tbsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp chili powder 
2 tbsp sweet paprika
2 tbsp Mexican oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried sage
3-4 tsp onion powder
3-4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp peppercorns
2 tsp annatto seeds (optional)
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp grated nutmeg

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Finely grind the salt, peppercorns, annatto (if using) and cumin
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the chili, paprika, onion, garlic and grated nutmeg
  • Crumble in the sage, basil and oregano. Combine thoroughly

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

Note: Whilst this is a delicious mix as it is, dry toasting the cumin, peppercorns and annatto seeds before grinding and combining with the other ingredients will add even more flavours to the finished blend.

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Ingredient Note: I use whole cumin, annatto and peppercorns for this recipe which I then grind. If you only have pre-ground available just use this and reduce the amounts by half. So for 2 teaspoons of peppercorns you would use 1 teaspoon ground pepper. Reduce the cumin and annatto amounts by half as well if you don't have whole.

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