My 5-ingredient homemade taco seasoning recipe is full of spicy, smoky flavor. Great to have on hand to use on meats and in sauces.
Happy Friday, folks! Today’s post is a short one because it really doesn’t need any explanation. Locate spices. Measure. Mix. Boom, you’re done.
My mom’s pantry is chock full of those little envelopes of seasoning mix. I like to think that it’s healthier and more budget-friendly to make my own. So, I give you my easy 5-Ingredient Homemade Seasoning. You can make extra and keep it in a jar. I keep mine in a Masala Dabba (the nifty spice holder in the photo above, a gift that a dear friend brought from India) along with the spices and spice mixes that I use most frequently.
What are the spices in taco seasoning?
As suggested by “5-ingredient taco seasoning,” my mix is very simple—it’s probably the easiest homemade taco seasoning recipe you’ll find. I like a mix of ancho chile powder, cumin, onion powder (the granulated kind), salt, and pepper. That’s it! You can adjust the ratios based on your flavor preference (you can see the ratios I use in the photo below). If you like a spicier mix, you could add a pinch of pepper flakes.
A slight aside: is it chile, chili, or chilli?! The short answer: it depends on where you are. If you’re in Europe, you likely use “chilli.’ In the US, we tend to use “chile” or “chili.” All three are correct. I try to keep my usage consistent with the origin of the pepper and/or the cuisine of the recipe. Since ancho is a pepper from Mexico, I write “ancho chiles,” which is the form used by Spanish speakers.
Enough spelling geekery. Stay tuned for delicious ways to use your Homemade Taco Seasoning. Have a great weekend!
I’m sharing my 5-Ingredient Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe with CookBlogShare (coming soon!), a food blogger recipe-share hosted this week at Recipes Made Easy.
This is probably the easiest homemade taco seasoning recipe you'll find! This seasoning mix is great to have on hand for meat rubs, sauces, and more. Taco night just got that much easier!
- 5 tbsp ancho chile powder
- 3 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp granulated onion powder
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Mix ingredients and store in a tightly lidded jar for up to 6 months.
If you can't find ancho chile (also spelled chili or chilli) powder, you can use just about any type of ground chile (but not cayenne!). Check the ingredient label: many chile powders have additional ingredients. You want only the ground chiles.