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

For the at home taco maker, knowing how to make taco seasoning yourself is the key to recreating authentic Mexican flavours yourself! It really is simple to do 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! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

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

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

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the cumin and coriander seeds, cloves and salt
  • Once ground add to a bowl
  • Stir in the chili, paprika, onion and garlic powders
  • Finally, crumble in the dried basil and oregano and combine thoroughly

Store your recipe 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 whole 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!

Click here to read more about this highly recommended cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

Note 2: If you have them, I recommend using a quality rock/sea/kosher salt as they're less processed and therefore healthier. However you can happily use regular table salt if that's all you have available.

Oregano Note: If you can't get hold of Mexican, just use regular oregano. Whilst they are different, one or the other will suffice.

Ingredient Note: If you don't have all the whole ingredients readily available to make taco seasoning, 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 pre-ground coriander. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

After You Make Taco Seasoning Here Are Some Other Recipes to Try...

An All-Purpose Taco
Mix For All Your
Favourite Fillings

A Hot Fiery Taco
Spice - Perfect For
Your Beef Fillings

A Collection of
BBQ Rubs For the
Outdoor Grilling Fans

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