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DIY Taco Seasoning – How to

DIY Taco seasoning: Mix up a batch of this DIY taco seasoning and you will never go back to purchasing those envelopes of seasoning for Tuesday Taco night.  Use this seasoning in my Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos.

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Here is the SIS (simple is smart) way to make your own Taco Seasoning. 

Gather your ingredients: cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, paprika (use the smoked paprika if you can find it). If you can’t get smoked paprika, go with the plain paprika. Optional, but good is Umami powder (click here ) to learn more about it. 

Also optional is cornstarch. The commercial envelopes of Taco seasoning have cornstarch for thickening meat taco’s. I did not use the cornstarch in this batch of taco seasoning.  If you use cornstarch in the taco seasoning add the seasoning to 1/2 cup of water before adding to beef or pork taco filling. 

Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. 

DIY Taco Seasoning

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DIY Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning

Make you own seasoning envelope for Tacos with this simple DIY recipe. So much better than purchased commercial seasoning.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Seasoning
Servings: 4 portions
Cost: $5.00


  • airtight container to store the seasoning in.


  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika smoked if you have it
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp corn starch (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Umami Powder shiitake mushroom powder a flavor enhancer.


  • Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. 2 Tbsp. is equal to one envelope of commercial Taco Seasoning. Add the cornstarch if you are using the seasoning for meat tacos. Add the seasoning to ¼ cup of water before adding to the meat.


Taco Seasoning will last up to a year.  If it forms clumps, break up the clumps with a fork before using. 
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