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Taco spice mix (paprika free) recipe

Taco spice mix (paprika free) recipe

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Once you know how to blend your own easy taco spice, you will never go back to shop bought. Making your own allows you to play with spiciness and flavours until you get it perfect for your eaters.

Gisborne-Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

3 people made this

IngredientsServes: 6

  • 4 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 4 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 small beef stock cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

MethodPrep:7min ›Ready in:7min

  1. Place dried onion, cornflour, oregano and stock cubes in mortar and grind with the pestle or place in a blender and process till powdered. If you could not get cumin powder and have cumin seeds instead blend these at the same time.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.


For those of you who do not have paprika allergies in the house, you can add a tablespoon of paprika or smoked paprika to the mix. This will add taste and colour.

Serving suggestion

Use as you would taco spice. I use 2 tablespoons per 500g beef mince.

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Reviews in English (1)

Needed a paprika free Taco recipe so looked around the net and blended a few ideas and left out the paprika. I had salt in it first time but I think the other ingrdients added enough salt for me so am omitting it from now on.-01 Jul 2011

Homemade Taco Seasoning

We’re big fans of taco night- Taco Tuesday, anyone? Tacos are incredibly flavorful and easy to make up. All you need is some ground beef, taco seasoning, and the usual taco fixings for a delicious and simple family dinner . Often times, however , we either can’t find or don’t have any taco seasoning packets. Just when dinner seems lost, we remember that we have this little DIY seasoning recipe!

This seasoning mix is great for all sorts of ground beef and chicken dishes. Use them to make our Mini Taco Bowl Bites – a delicious little beef appetizer that’s perfect for parties . For a tasty copycat, we also have a Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipe – just cause it’s off the menu doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it ! Chicken Quesadillas , meanwhile, are flavorful and packed with chicken, cheese, and veggies!

We hope our recipes gave you some ideas. Throw a few of them together and make a delicious spread for your next party or Taco Tuesday Night! We know you’ll love it!

What’s in Taco Spice Mix

How to make your own Taco Seasoning

Preparing this spice blend is as simple as tossing all of your ingredients into a bowl and mixing until consistent . Easy as that!

The recipe we give here is perfect for making ground beef for tacos. Mix this recipe with about 1 pound of ground beef and about 2/3 cups of water. Brown your beef, drain off the fat, add in these spices and the water, and let cook! Taco night made easy!

While you could make a single batch of this recipe, we’d recommend multiplying this recipe by at least 3 or 4. Make up a large batch, put it in a jar, and keep it in your pantry for whenever you’re wanting tacos.

Like we mentioned above, this recipe is easy to tweak to your preference. See how this recipe turns out with something like smoked paprika vs regular paprika- the possibilities are endless ! Keep us updated on your own secret ingredients down in the comments of this post- we’re curious what other folks are adding…

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Simple homemade taco seasoning is a great way to save money, use up spices, and make the best-tasting taco seasoning you&rsquove ever tried.

Makes the equivalent of 1 standard packet of taco seasoning. For a larger batch, see note in instructions.

From Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective.

  1. Measure out all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
  2. Taste and adjust the salt or spices as desired. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

For a larger batch (the equivalent of about 6 packets), use:

3 tablespoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon each paprika, crushed red pepper, and salt

1 1/2 teaspoons each garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, black pepper

Looking for ways to shave dollars off your weekly grocery bill this year?

I find it&rsquos the seemingly insignificant items that often add up in the long run.

Granted, we have to buy staple foods like protein, fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, and milk. But after looking at my grocery bill, I&rsquove noticed I spend an astonishing amount of money of things like jarred sauces, frozen pastry dough, snack bars, and seasoning packets&mdashthings I could easily make with ingredients that are usually already sitting in my pantry.

Taco seasoning is a perfect example for just such an expense. A single packet of taco seasoning is usually around a dollar.

Just a dollar. That doesn&rsquot seem like such a splurge. Yet, when you consider that cost for approximately 2 tablespoons of seasoning, made of spices that you probably already have in your pantry, it seems like a waste. Place enough of these one- to three-dollar items in your cart, and your grocery bill can shoot up in a hurry.

Yet there are other reasons to make your own taco seasoning.

  1. Easily adjust the flavor to suite your family&rsquos taste buds and heat preferences.
  2. Make large and small batches as needed.
  3. Cut out all additives, preservatives, and coloring.
  4. Reduce sodium.

Plus, homemade taco seasoning just tastes better than store-bought. Ready to give it a try?

It&rsquos really simple. Just mix chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and black pepper. Then taste and add more crushed red pepper and salt as desired.

The recipe provided makes roughly the equivalent of a single store-bought packet of taco seasoning. If you want to make a larger batch to scoop and use at will, just multiply the recipe as needed. (The provided large batch measurements will give you roughly the same amount of seasoning in 6 store-bought packets.)

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning, the quintessential Mexican spice-blend to enhance flavor of any Mexican meal. With this easy recipe, you can make Taco Seasoning at home using pantry-staple spices. Trust me, all spices to make taco seasoning are already in your pantry. Like, right now! Plus homemade seasoning is healthier, preservative free, artificial color free, gluten free and can be adjusted as per your taste.

Homemade seasonings are also good utilization of pantry spices, great way to save some money, and trip to grocery store. Even though a package of Taco Seasoning cost 99 c to 1 dollar. but cost can add up for a Mexican food lover like myself. Plus why spend on something you can resource from your own pantry in less than 5 minutes? This is what motivates me blend most of spices at home.

So, let's make some Taco Seasoning today!

To make taco seasoning, I mix taco seasoning ingredients - garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, dried oregano, cumin powder, chili flakes, sugar and salt. To control the amount of salt per taste, I recommend adding half of the salt while mixing and add rest later after tasting the mixed taco seasoning. This helps keeping salt to taste, specially when you want low-sodium taco seasoning.

I used two kinds of paprika - sweet paprika and hot paprika, to give this seasoning right blend of flavor and heat. Overall this taco seasoning blend recipe has little bit of kick due to addition of chili flakes.

Just like salt, you can control the amount of heat in taco seasoning by adding half amount at time of mixing and add rest after tasting.

Homemade Taco Seasoning is also my favorite for following reasons:

1. Opportunity to adjust the flavor as per personal preference. Homemade Taco Seasoning is way more flavorful than store-bought package.
2. Keep salt in control. Make seasoning low-sodium. To adjust salt to taste, I add half of salt first, then add rest after tasting if I need more.
3. Make seasoning at moment's notice without a trip to grocery store using spices I already have in pantry.
4. Make small batch equivalent of a standard store-bought Taco Seasoning Package or more. This recipe makes about 4-5 packages worth of Taco Seasoning.

Just keep good quality spices in pantry. Using these you can make any spice mix, at moment's notice, without trip to grocery store. Try more spice-blends I shared earlier - Fajita Seasoning, Garam Masala, Za'atar Seasoning, Turkey Seasoning, Chai Tea spice

Note: McCormick is my trusted brand for quality spices. McCormick Spices are available in almost all US Grocery Stores. For everywhere else, you can buy these online.

Once you have spices in-hand, it takes few minute to make delicious Taco Seasoning.

You can use Taco Seasoning in endless way. My top favorites being:

1. Meat, Beans, or Veggies for Tacos (of course)
2. Grilled Meats or Roasts
3. Salad Dressings
4. Soups
5. Dips

Friends, homemade seasoning is only 5 minutes away. Look out in pantry and blend some today for your next Mexican Feast. You can find lots of Mexican Recipes on the blog.

How to make gluten-free tacos:

Cook your meat of choice in a large skillet over medium heat until cooked through.

Add 6-8 teaspoons of gluten-free taco seasoning mix and stir.

Add ¼ cup water to help incorporate the seasoning into the meat.

Continue to cook until combined and all water cooks off.

I usually make tacos with beef or chicken, if I made gluten-free fish tacos I use about half as much of the gluten-free taco seasoning mix.

You can check out my recipe for gluten free tacos for more information.

How to store spices

I prefer to store my spices in jars as the screw-top lid keeps them fresh. Whatever vessel you store the taco seasoning in, make sure it’s airtight. Keep your spices in a cool, dry, dark place. A pantry or drawer is a perfect place.

If you’re using a freshly washed container, make sure it’s 100% dry before pouring in the taco seasoning. I’ll dry my jar with a kitchen towel, then let is sit upside down on a drying rack for 20-30 minutes to be extra sure. If there is moisture present in the container, you risk having the spice mixture spoiled.

When properly stored, your taco seasoning will stay fresh for 3-4 years. Since it’s completely dry, it will never go “bad” or rotten, it’ll simply just go a bit stale and lose its potency. Mark the date you mixed up your blend on the jar to keep better track of its age and give it the good old sniff test before using once it gets older.

What Spices Are Not Allowed on AIP?

Taco seasoning is a tricky item when it comes to AIP because many of the key spices typically used are not compliant. Nightshade and seed-based spices are not allowed on AIP.

Some non-compliant seasonings and spices include:

  • Allspice
  • Anise Seed
  • Annatto Seed
  • Caraway
  • Cardamom
  • Cayenne
  • Celery Seed
  • Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Chili Powder
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Coriander Seed
  • Cumin Seed
  • Curry Powder
  • Dill Seed
  • FennelSeed
  • Fenugreek
  • Garam Masala
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
  • Poppy Seed
  • Sumac

For a printable PDF of "yes" and "no" AIP foods, including spices, go here.

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

I first started making my own taco seasoning when I wanted to make tacos and discovered I was out of the store bought packets. Now I make my own every time because it’s simple and I don’t have to worry about what starch or filler has been used to keep the spices from clumping together. While many of these clumping agents are natural, I’d rather not pay for something I don’t need. Plus, corn starch is a common filler in these pre-made packets of seasoning and a lot of people are allergic to corn.

And really, it’s more than just the filler we’re paying extra for, isn’t it? Convenience and colorful packaging add up fast. This recipe cuts all that out, saving you money. Win!

Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Start to Finish: 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. chili flakes (optional, if you like it really spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


  1. Clean a leftover glass spice jar and dry thoroughly.
  2. Place a small funnel into the mouth of the spice jar. Then add all the spices into the jar through the funnel.
  3. Place the lid on the jar and give it a shake to combine.
  4. Alternatively, if you don’t have a leftover spice jar to use, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until combined. Store the spice mixture in a small airtight container.

Depending on how strong you like your meat flavoured, this will be enough spice mix for 1-2 meals.

Makes: 1-2 meals

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 49
  • Fat: 2.3gg
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1gg
  • Cholesterol: 0mgmg
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Carbs: 7gg
  • Fiber: 3.3gg
  • Sugar: 0.6gg
  • Protein: 1.7gg
  • Vitamin D: 0mcg
  • Calcium: 48mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 109mg


Storage of homemade condiments and spices
Because homemade spices and condiments do not contain any preservatives, it is important to store them properly. Non-reactive (glass) containers with tight-fitting lids are a must. If I am making a dry spice, I love to use old spice bottles that I have run through the dishwasher.

If I am doing homemade sauces, I love using Weck jars. They are all glass, come in all sizes and shapes, and have excellent leakproof lids. If you shop online, you can go to Amazon, and type in “Weck Jars” and you will find a ton of them.

Dry spices should be kept in a cool space, away from sunlight (spice cabinet), and sauces, in most cases, should be stored in the fridge.