Taco Seasoning - A Versatile Blend,
Perfect For All Your Favourite Fillings

If you're cooking Mexican style and tacos are on the menu then a homemade taco seasoning is just the thing! Making it yourself will add the most fabulous flavours and aromas and you can tailor it to go with whatever filling you choose. Below is a versatile blend and one I use for a variety of fillings. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: For the best flavours, I often use whole spices. However, if you only have pre-ground powders available just use these and reduce the quantities in the recipe by half. So, if it says 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds you would use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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

3 tbsp chili powder (hot or mild)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp annatto seeds (optional)
4 tsp dried parsley
4 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp peppercorns
1-2 tsp sea salt 
1 tsp cloves
2 inch piece of cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon so it fits in your grinder
  • Grind the cinnamon pieces, salt, peppercorns, coriander, cloves, cumin and, if using, the annatto seeds
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, chili and garlic powders
  • Finally, crumble in the oregano and parsley. Combine thoroughly

Store your taco spice in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months. 

Note: To add even more flavours and aromas, dry toasting the cumin, cloves, peppercorns and coriander seeds before grinding and combining with the other ingredients is well worthwhile. Click here to read more about this easy to do cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

Image Links to Other Homemade Mixes You May Enjoy

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Blend For Those on
a Low Salt Diet

A Hot and Spicy Taco
Mix That's Great For

A Collection of
Seasonings For
Fab Home Cooking

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