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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 happier.

Are you a fan of spicy foods?

Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning

Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring well to mix.
  2. To use: Brown 1 1/4 lb ground turkey, chicken or beef. Drain off any excess fat. Sprinkle with mild taco seasoning and stir well. Add 3/4 cup water and stir. Cook over medium heat until the water is fully absorbed.


Sunday 11th of October 2015

How would I make this in bulk? How much would I use per 1lb of beef?

Sarah Walker Caron

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Hi Amanda,

I use this recipe to season 1 lb to 1 1/4 lb of meat, so you'd use the full recipe. With regards to making this in bulk, I haven't done so because this takes seconds to whip up right before I use it. If you do decide to make it in bulk, do let me know how it goes!



Liz from Paperbella

Wednesday 1st of December 2010

Thanks for sharing! love the photos too. I am going to try this recipe to go with my naked tacos. (I'm dieting) :D

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Tuesday 28th of September 2010

[...] Say no to the prepackaged taco seasoning and make your own (Sarah has a good one you might want to try). [...]


Wednesday 7th of April 2010

I will definitely give this seasoning a try... I hate seeing all those "extra" ingredients in the seasoning packets. .-= patsy´s last blog ..Weekly Tasty Tidbits =-.

Sarah Caron

Tuesday 6th of April 2010

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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