The BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning


Sprinkling homemade taco seasoning into a jar

We’ve searched far and wide for a taco seasoning that’s perfectly smoky, savory, flavorful, and made with recognizable ingredients. In this search, we’ve felt like Goldilocks! Some were too sweet, some too salty, until we gave up and decided to make a homemade version. And it was just right!

Here she is, our new favorite DIY taco seasoning, ready to be the star of your next taco Tuesday (or spice up your favorite protein or potatoes)! Let us show you how!

Bowls of nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, coconut sugar, cumin, chipotle powder, and salt

How to Make Taco Seasoning

Chances are you’ve seen (and used!) those packets of taco seasoning conveniently staring you down from grocery stores shelves. Us too!

But with a well-stocked spice drawer, 5 minutes, and 1 bowl, you can make it exactly to your preference at a fraction of the price! And without anti-caking agents, inflammatory oils, or other less-desirable ingredients.

Ground spices and salt in a bowl before mixing

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chili powder – we like using a homemade blend when we have it around, but store-bought blends work, too! For brands without anti-caking agents, try checking the bulk section and/or health food stores.
  • Nutritional yeast – enhances all the flavors while also supplying some B vitamins!
  • Coconut sugar – provides a slightly caramelized natural sweetness to complement the smoky + spicy elements
  • Sea salt – included for a similar convenience to store-bought packets, but it could be left out and added when making a dish, if preferred!
  • Smoked paprika – for smokiness
  • Chipotle powder – for a rich, smoky heat
  • Garlic & onion powders – for savory notes
  • Cumin – to round out the classic taco seasoning flavors!

Simply combine all the ingredients in a jar or a bowl and shake or stir to evenly distribute the spices. One batch makes about three packets’ worth of taco seasoning, so you’ll be well-stocked for upcoming taco nights!

Stirring together spices to make homemade taco seasoning

We hope you LOVE this DIY taco seasoning! It’s:

Subtly spicy
& SO versatile!

It’s especially perfect for seasoning your favorite protein (tofu, smashed chickpeas, chicken, and more!), but it wouldn’t say no to veggies either (especially potatoes or sweet potatoes).

See also  Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowls (Pizza-Inspired!)

This homemade taco seasoning would also make the perfect gift for taco-loving friends and busy parents or party favor for taco gatherings (because adults like party favors, too!). Taco Tuesday, here we come!

More DIY Spice Mixes

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Overhead shot of a jar of homemade naturally sweetened taco seasoning next to ingredients used to make it

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 9 (~1 Tbsp servings)

Course Helpful How-to, Spice Blend

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly 1 year

Does it keep? 6 months

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  • 3 Tbsp chili powder (or store-bought)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2-3 tsp sea salt (reduce if using salted chili powder)
  • 2 ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp chipotle powder (red jalapeño powder)
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • To a jar with a lid (or a medium mixing bowl), add all of the ingredients and shake (or stir) well to combine. We like to try to break down the nutritional yeast as much as possible to disperse it evenly! Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking, adding more chipotle powder for heat, coconut sugar for sweetness, smoked paprika for smokiness, or salt to taste.

  • Use as a seasoning on any taco protein you can think of! It would taste great on roasted potatoes, too.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months or in the refrigerator or freezer for 1 year.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with Bragg’s nutritional yeast, the lesser amount of salt, and with our unsalted Homemade Chili Powder. Vitamin content may vary depending on the brand of nutritional yeast used.

Serving: 1 tablespoon Calories: 74 Carbohydrates: 13.3 g Protein: 3.2 g Fat: 1.8 g Saturated Fat: 0.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 536 mg Potassium: 372 mg Fiber: 3.8 g Sugar: 5.1 g Vitamin A: 1344 IU Vitamin C: 0.8 mg Calcium: 73 mg Iron: 4.6 mg


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