Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Spice SeasoningWho doesn’t like tacos? Tacos are one of the most versatile and forgiving dishes. You can make ’em healthy or indulgent (extra sour cream, anyone?). They help when you need to do a fridge clean-up and they can be made with any type of meat, fish or pulse. The only issue with tacos, however, is the neon orange pre-packaged taco mix that everyone seems to purchase.

I admit, I used to fall victim to the supposed convenience of the pre-packaged taco mix. However, it didn’t take me long to realize I could whip-up my own drool inducing spice mix that packs more punch and significantly less salt than anything the folks at Old El Paso could offer me. Honestly, the pre-packaged stuff is simply over priced salt and does not offer the same flavor complexity of the homemade alternative. My secret is to use fresh onions and tomato paste to add to the spices’ flavours for something truly unique yet satisfyingly familiar.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 cups water


  • Brown ground beef and onion over medium high heat in frying pan and drain fat
  • Add remaining ingredients to frying pan, mix well and reduce over medium heat for roughly 20 minutes, stirring often
  • Spoon mixture into warmed tortillas or taco shells and top with all your favourite toppings!

Serves a family of 4, or 1 if you really, REALLY like tacos…

Homemade Taco Seasoning


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