Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning

Mild Taco Seasoning is a great way to dress up your Taco Tuesday! This recipe is so simple to make, and you can use this taco spice blend for mixing into casseroles, seasoning meat, and more.

jar of taco seasoning

There are truly so many ways people use packets of taco flavorings in their homes.

You can then create your own and store it in a spice jar and pull it out to use in any and every recipe that calls for this spice blend. 

Mild Taco Seasoning

This is a mild version as it does not have cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, so it doesn’t carry the heat factor that some seasoning blends can have. 

How do you make taco seasoning less spicy?

Leave out the cayenne to make a mild DIY taco seasoning. You can also lessen the chili powder if you find it is still a bit too spicy for your liking.

Seasoning your ground meat and have a fun taco night at home using this homemade spice blend.

individual spices for taco spice

What is taco seasoning made of?

It’s made of a mix of spices. Chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, oregano, and black pepper.

Mix up this flavorful seasoning blend and use it for all the Tex-Mex style dishes you are craving.


  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • dried oregano
  • paprika (smoked paprika works great too!)
  • salt
  • black pepper

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How To Make Mild Taco Seasoning

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all the spices.
  2. Whisk until evenly combined.
  3. Transfer and store in air tight container until ready to use.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

How much water do you add to it?

For 2 tablespoons of the homemade taco seasoning, you will use 1/3 cup cold water and stir together.

The water allows the spices to really soak into the meat or other ingredients you are mixing with. Allow it to simmer a bit to really help all the flavors blend well together.

taco spice on a board with other jars

What can I use in place of taco seasoning?

If you don’t have any taco spice packets, you can try to make this mild taco seasoning recipe.

Or you can use some of the same spices below to create a similar flavor to the store bought version. 

Different ways to use it

  • Season ground turkey, beef, or chicken for tacos 
  • Vegetables 
  • Mix in soups and stews 
  • Flavor rice
  • Taco salad
  • Season popcorn
  • Stewed beans 
  • Season dips 
  • and so many other ways!
horizontal view of taco spice jar

Does this recipe batch up well?

If you want to make big batches of this spice mix, go right ahead. Use it to gift to loved ones for holidays, birthdays, etc.

It looks pretty layered in mason jars!

Anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen might love this homemade blend of spices. 

How long does it last?

You will find this mix will store anywhere from 6 months up to a year. You need to watch all the expiration dates on each spice you use in this recipe.

If the paprika’s expiration is in 5 months, that would be considered the expiration of this blend. Only use fresh spices, so you get the quality flavor in your spice mix.

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seasoning jar with text "the best taco seasoning"

Make a double batch of this mild taco seasoning and be ready for any taco night! Try it in this cheesy taco pasta, taco pasta salad, and in this recipe for how to keep taco meat warm for a party recipe.

jar of taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Dress up your Taco Tuesday with a homemade mild taco seasoning!
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Course: Kitchen Basics
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 12kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder


  • Combine all spices in a mediu sized bowl.
  • Whisk together until evenly combined.
  • Store in an air tight container until ready to use.


*If you love this recipe as much as I do, please leave me a comment and rate it 5 stars. Thank you!


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 587mg | Fiber: 1g

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