Homemade Taco Seasoning

Last Christmas, I wanted to gift something that was homemade, useful and affordable and thought of making a spice blend – but which to choose? I started to think about what spices my family loves to buy and came up with the perfect idea: taco seasoning!

So here is a mix that I tried and loved. I multiplied the recipe by 4 so that I would have plenty to give away. We like it in sautéed ground turkey, but it was even better on shredded chicken. For that, I baked the boneless skinless breasts first, shredded them, toasted a few tablespoons of the blend in a pan, and tossed them together.

I purchased all the components in bulk from Smart and Final. To make it more special, I created special labels and printed them on sticker paper fit to a re-used spice bottle. Here is the original recipe that I adapted.


Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 2 teaspoons hot chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/16 tsp (1 pinch) cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
  • 1/16 tsp (1 pinch) red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in your Baby Bullet and blend until you reach a fine consistency.



About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.

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