Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning


A few months back, Shawn looked at the ingredients in the Taco Kit that we always bought and found a few that we try not to eat. Scary. Who knew that such unnatural things could make their way into spice packets and crispy shells? Since then, we have switched to more natural, organic shells. But the seasoning has been a challenge.

A few years ago, I experimented with making my own seasoning and it was good. The only problem was that it was a spicy seasoning — and neither my husband or my children like things as spicy as I do. So, I set out to make an all new seasoning that has high-flavor without the six-alarm heat. This is the result.

The kids like this seasoning even better than the packets they are used to. It’s flavorful enough that I am happy too — and if I want more heat, I can always add some chopped jalapenos or hot salsa to mine. Everybody’s happy, and that makes me even more happy.

Are you a fan of spicy foods?

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Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring well to mix.
  2. To use: Brown 1¼ lb ground turkey, chicken or beef. Drain off any excess fat. Sprinkle with mild taco seasoning and stir well. Add ¾ cup water and stir. Cook over medium heat until the water is fully absorbed.



  1. says

    Thank you so much for this!! I can’t use the seasoning packets anymore because they are just SO salty. I have been doing mostly cumin, but it’s not the same. Been looking for a great seasoning.
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..Happy Easter! =-.

  2. says

    Thank you for this! I am also trying to avoid the pre-made packets. I already have the spices in my pantry, so why not make it myself? And I love that it works with 1.25 lbs of meat, since that’s how they package ground turkey in the supermarket, for some reason. My husband I do love spicy food, but our 5 year old does not (the baby eats anything). That’s what Cholula hot sauce is for!

  3. says

    Jessica @ How Sweet — I totally agree!

    Jessica, that’s how I feel too. Why not? It takes seconds to pull it all together and then you know what’s in it.

    Donna, although I do use smoked paprika, I am not a huge fan of it. Also, this is chili powder, not chile — which is way hotter.


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