Homemade Taco Seasoning

Enjoy National Crunchy Taco Day!

Homemade taco seasoning.

Hear that sound?  It’s the sound of crunchy taco.

March 21 is the official National Crunchy Taco Day, not to be confused with National Taco Day celebrated on October 4.


Americans Eat 4.5 Billion Tacos Each Year

No matter which day you pay tribute to this delectable dish, Americans can’t get enough of tacos.  We devour 4.5 billion each year.  Laid end-to-end they could take you to the moon and back.  That would be a taco lovers dream.

In fact, Mexican food has edged out pizzerias and now stands as the second most common US menu type.

Where did the taco get its start?


The History Of The Taco

Historian and professor of history at the University of Minnesota, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, has studied Mexican food for 20 years.  His theory is that the word “taco” dates back to the silver mines in Mexico where they inserted little charges of gunpowder wrapped in paper into the rock face.  These were called tacos.

The first use of the word taco as a food appeared in 1905 when a Los Angeles newspaper article referenced street food sold by a group of women called the Chili Queens.


Save Your Health and Your Money – Make Your Own Seasoning

Chances are you love tacos just as much as I do!  If so, try your hand at making them at home where you’re in control of the ingredients and the taste.

Don’t spend a nickel on a taco seasoning packet where 1 serving of seasoning equals an average of more than 15% of your daily recommended sodium intake.  Save your money and your health.

You already have on hand most of the seasonings needed – chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.

Make it a taco bar night with a variety of toppings where everyone makes their own.

You’ll have a blast!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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  • Yield: Fills 10-12 shells 1x


Ditch the packets of store bought taco seasoning with ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t understand, and where the sodium content is off the charts. This is simple and will make you want to include tacos more often in your weeknight cooking repretoire.



Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Taco Filling

  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • taco seasoning, recipe above
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the taco seasoning.
  2. Brown ground beef.
  3. Add taco seasoning mix, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, and 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. If needed, add additional water to keep the ground beef moist.

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