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Homemade Taco Seasoning with smoked paprika

Homemade Taco Seasoning For Ground Beef

Easy to make, homemade taco seasoning is so much better than those store bought packets.
Course Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 34kcal


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds freshly toasted and ground, or 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion power
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mexican Oregano


  • Put all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. 
  • To use, break up 1 pound of ground beef in a wide skillet over medium heat. As soon as it starts to sizzle, sprinkle on 2-3 tablespoon of this taco seasoning and add 1 cup water. Continue stirring. As moisture cooks out of the meat and simmers, it will be thickened by the cornstarch.


When using homemade taco seasoning for 1 lb. ground beef, just add 3 tablespoons of seasoning and 1 cup of water and simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste and add more seasoning if desired.


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1642mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2074IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg