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Make this Preservative Free Recipe for Taco Seasoning

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Learn how to make this preservative-free recipe for taco seasoning. Using fresh ingredients helps to make the very best tasting tacos.

In honor of Taco Tuesday, I thought I’d share with you my recipe for taco seasoning. But, first, it’s confession time here at The Birch Cottage….


I just love the taste and aroma of cumin. Seriously. You add a little bit of cumin to soup, meat, sauces or dips and yum! I like it so much that I always make my own homemade taco seasoning. This taco seasoning recipe starts with the star of the show – ground cumin!

Ground Cumin by The Birch Cottage
Ground Cumin

I’m sure that once you’ve made homemade taco seasoning, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with the packets, cans or bottles of seasoning.


A little bit of cumin, paprika, onion powder, ground oregano, cayenne pepper and garlic powder.

Onion Powder
Onion Powder

Plus, an added bonus of the homemade recipe for taco seasoning? No artificial ingredients or preservatives!

Ground Oregano
Ground Oregano

Just double, triple, or quadruple the recipe, put all the mixed ingredients in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator (the paprika will thank you for keeping it uber fresh).

Cayenne Pepper by The Birch Cottage
Ground Cayenne Pepper

Then, when you’re ready to use, just start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of your seasoning mix and adjust per your taste preference.

garlic powder
Garlic Powder

It just doesn’t get much easier, fresher or tastier than this! Simply measure all your spices into a bowl and whisk to combine. You can pour the seasoning mix into a spice jar or Mason jar for storing. One little tip…. keep the taco seasoning refrigerated for optimum freshness (the paprika will thank you). Of course, when I make this seasoning, it doesn’t seem to last long enough to worry about refrigerating it.

Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Mix all spices together and store in a jar in the refrigerator.


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper omit or increase to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Blend thoroughly. 
  3. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. The parika will thank you for keepign it fresh! 

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I hope you have found my Taco Seasoning Recipe to be a new family favorite. Did I mention it’s really inexpensive to make, as well?  In the long run, you’ll save a lot of money and avoid a lot of unwanted preservatives by making your own taco seasoning.


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Sunday 18th of September 2016

This turned out great. This was the only taco seasoning mix recipe I had all the ingredients for and it was perfect. Used it for taco meat and as a rub on chicken thighs. Very good. Thanks!

Pamela Baker

Sunday 18th of September 2016

Glad this recipe turned out so great for you! Thanks for letting me know!!

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