I used to buy the store bought packet of taco seasoning a lot because tacos are one of my favorite things in the world! Once I started becoming more conscious of the foods that I put in my body, I started looking at the ingredients in these store bought spice mixes and realized that there were a lot of starches and fillers in there.

My homemade version is even easier than store-bought taco seasoning because chances are you already have everything in your spice cabinet and don’t need to go to the grocery store at all!

One thing you will notice about my recipes is that I always call for boatloads of herbs, seasonings and good quality salt. This is because I truly believe well seasoned food is the trick to staying on the healthy eating bandwagon. Wait, keep listening!

Have you ever started a diet or new lifestyle change and quickly became bored because the foods tasted bland or boring? You know what I’m talking about! It’s hard to stay motivated to eat healthy when all day you dream about all the delicious food you used to eat before. And then you have to come to terms with the under seasoned “healthy” food you are eating for supper that night. Why did I do this to myself again!? This recipe is the answer to all your boring “healthy food” problems. 

When I make my own homemade taco seasoning I usually at least quadruple it and that way it will last us multiple times. When you make extra you can store it in an airtight container in the cupboard for a few months.

Anyway, now that I’ve started making my own taco seasoning blend, I’ll never go back to those taco seasoning packets. Taco Tuesday forever!

Recipe variations

Make this recipe Low FODMAP

Leave out the garlic powder and onion powder.

Make this recipe nightshade free

Leave out the chili powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes.

Make this recipe less spicy

Leave out the red pepper flakes.

Recipe substitutions

This is one of those recipes that once you start making it you can tweak the ingredient list to your personal taste. Don’t like black pepper? Leave it out! Have a bunch of smoked paprika instead of regular paprika? Use that instead! You can also sub the red pepper flakes out for 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!). It’s your own seasoning, do whatever you need to do to turn it into one of your families great recipes!

It doesn’t matter what type of meat you’re using – ground beef, ground pork, ground turkey or ground chicken. It all tastes great! If you’re using a leaner meat like ground turkey without a lot of fat in the pan, add half a cup of water once the turkey is cooked so that the spices don’t stick and burn. Don’t worry if you add too much water, just let it cook down a bit until it reaches the consistency that you want.

Recipe pairings

This will work with most mexican food recipes (and tex-mex).

  • fajitas
  • taco salad
  • taco soup
  • turkey and chicken tacos
  • burritos

Notes for buying seasonings for this recipe

Be careful when you are buying spices (especially powders like onion and garlic). They can sometimes contain gluten or other anti-caking ingredients!

Buy good quality and organic when you can and check the label or their website to make sure it’s pure.

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how to make homemade taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Tara Klippert
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and soy-free.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2



  • Mix everything together in a small glass dish and use to season food as needed. Pro tip: I recommend making a big batch at once by tripling or quadrupling the recipe.
  • Store in an airtight container, small mason jar, or other spice jar in the cupboard (or other dry place) for up to a few months.
  • Use the next time you have everyone over for taco night! A couple of tablespoons of seasoning and you're good to go!
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, grain free, paleo, soy free
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Tara Klippert
About the author Tara Klippert

Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.