Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

Skip the packet of taco seasoning and make your own! Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning is easy to make, free of fillers, and super flavorful.

Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

It's such a bummer when we get a craving for tacos, but there's no taco seasoning in the pantry. It wasn't until I realized that I can make my own Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning that taco night wasn't canceled every time the craving hit!

Not only is this homemade beef taco seasoning mix super easy to make, but it tastes just like the packet mixes.

Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

Ingredients in Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

Chili Powder


Smoked Paprika

Onion Powder


Garlic Powder


Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

How to Make Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

To start, simply combine all of the spices in a small bowl and stir together with a fork.

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until browned, breaking it apart as it cooks. Then add the seasoning mix, stirring well to combine, along with ¼ cup of water. Cook until the water has cooked off.

Serve in tortillas, as taco rice bowl, or on a taco salad!

Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

What to do with Beef Taco Meat

The possibilities are endless for beef taco meat! Of course, they can be used for traditional hard or soft tacos. Other ideas include using it for a taco salad, a taco rice bowl, on top of nachos, or the filling for beef enchiladas!

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Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning

An easy and flavorful recipe for homemade beef taco seasoning.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup water


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the spices and salt.
  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium to medium-high heat, breaking it up into small chunks as it cooks.
  • Once browned, add the taco seasoning, stirring well to combine.
  • Add the water, and cook until it has evaporated.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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