Mega’s Taco Seasoning Recipe

What a great taco seasoning recipe.

You’ll never go back to those “envelopes” again!

homemade taco seasoning

This makes enough to season about 2lbs of ground beef, IF you like your seasoning on the mild side. I usually double or quadruple this recipe, because I like it hot, and there will be enough for the next time.

  • 1 Tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons black pepper

Yield = 8 1/4 teaspoons

Since you have to get out the 9 spices to mix this up, why not double or quadruple this recipe? Just store it in an air tight container.

As for how much to add to the meat, eyeball it, and let it simmer 5-10 minutes before tasting for flavor. I prefer 3 Tablespoons per pound of meat… and it gets hot!
Want it a bit milder for the family? Go with 2 Tbs per pound of meat. Anything less, and you won’t get the taco flavor.

Basic Taco Meat instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef
  2. Add some diced onion (about 1/2 cup per pound)
  3. Saute 5 – 7 minutes
  4. Drain excess grease
  5. Add small can diced green chiles (4 oz can)
  6. Combine and add the Taco Seasoning
  7. Add 1/2 cup water per pound of meat
  8. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to desired consistency

If you try this taco seasoning recipe, please let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment.
I promise you, more than any other promise I’ve made on this website, that this is THE best taco recipe ever!

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  1. I think this is pretty close to the one that we use. Thanks for the reminder, we are totally out and I need to make up some more to have ready during the week. The boys love tacos and they are so easy to make.

    • Hey Chris, I usually make a triple or quadruple batch. But it’s so good, it doesn’t last long!

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it. Love your blog!

  3. The hotter the taco the better.

  4. My mouth is watering.

    • Shawn, this is an unbelievably good recipe.
      Hopefully most folks have all these spices already in their cabinets.

      I make an 8x recipe that is good for seasoning 8 – 12 lbs of ground beef. We simply store it in an air-tight container, and add a tablespoon or 2 for each pound we cook.

      Secret bonus: when cooking the meat, add 1 or 2 Chipotle en Adobo and a little of it’s sauce to really boost the heat. Yum!!! I love me the chipotles!

  5. Great mix dude. Gave it a shot last night. After mixing it, I put it in a mortar and pestle and seriously combined the ingredients. I also added a pinch of allspice.

  6. Robbie says

    I used this recipe and added some Ring of Fire® Habanero Hot Sauce “Original” to the finished product. I will undoubtedly be doing this again.

    • Robbie that sounds awesome. Glad you liked the taco seasoning recipe! It beats the hell out of those packages.

  7. This is something very similar to what I use. I would use cayenne pepper in place of paprika and probably skip red pepper flakes (or use habanero flakes if making for myself). While I have not made this exactly as is, I will personally guarantee anyone out there who has any doubts it is a very good mix.


    Hey guys, I came to this post after hearing about it from Scott Roberts’ most recent Weekly Firecast, so I am looking forward to giving it a try this weekend for some football playoff (GO RAVENS!) nachos! One thing I know I will substitute is dark beer for the water….I’ll let you know what I think….cheers!

  9. Oh Brian that sounds awesome I will give that a try the next time I make tacos. Thanks for recipe and this blog we really enjoy reading it.

  10. I tried it, and it was good. Thank you.

  11. Kristina Sullins says

    I look forward to trying this recipe.
    Is there an easier way to print out recipes from this site? If you just click print you get the intire website. If you copy and hit select, you get two pages with a large picture.
    How about a “click to print” button or ???
    Just my two cents.

  12. terrell howard says

    I put in a little M.SG. oh! i know——–but i like.

  13. It’s great, never looked @ buying seasoning anymore.
    homemade is MUCH better 🙂