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Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning Mix

I’ve been making Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning Mix for years and I think it’s worth the few minutes it takes to make it to be sure it won’t have added sugar or chemical ingredients! And I love the blend of flavors I used, and I bet you have most of these ingredients on hand. 

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This Taco Seasoning Mix is a recipe I came up with on a weekend when I had tacos on the brain! It started when I bought a new type of low-carb flour tortillas that were the perfect size for tacos, and soon I’d decided I had to mix up a batch of taco seasoning. There are lots of reasons why making your own taco seasoning mix is a smart idea, not least of which is that if you have a well-stocked spice pantry, you can make a lot of taco seasoning for the price of one of those packaged mixes. 

But equally important for me is the way that making your own taco seasoning also lets you control what goes into the mix, so you don’t get sugar, preservatives, or chemical ingredients you may not want. Another plus to me is and the reason this is called Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning Mix, is that when I make my own I can put adjust the flavors to emphasize those I like most in a spice mix like this. 

I love ground cumin (affiliate link), so my mix has lots of that.  I also have a thing for cilantro, so I add dried cilantro (affiliate link) to my version.  (If you’re not a cilantro fan, I think dried Mexican Oregano (affiliate link) would be a nice substitute.)  I’m fond of the flavor of ground Ancho chile (affiliate link) so I use  that (but you could sub regular chili powder if you don’t have it), and even though I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to heat I adore the smoky flavor of ground Chipotle chile pepper (affiliate link), so I use just a little ground chipotle.

Of course when you make taco seasoning it will be your version, so I encourage you to adapt this recipe to whatever spices you like most or have on hand. Use Tacos to find ideas for using the taco seasoning! (I did check some online versions when I was coming up with mine, and was inspired by taco seasonings from Food Renegade, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, and Green Lite Bites if you’d like to see some other options.) 

Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix process shot collage with ingredients

How to Make Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning Mix:

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  1. My blend uses Ancho chile powder, chile powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, dried cilantro, sweet paprika, sea salt, and black pepper.  (If you want more heat you can add a small amount of ground Chipotle peppers, which I forgot to put in the photo!)
  2. You could definitely just mix this together in a bowl, but I wanted the cilantro to be ground up more, so I put the ingredients into the bowl attachment of my immersion blender (affiliate link).
  3. After I buzzed all the ingredients for about a minute, the mix was a nice rusty color. This recipe makes about a cup of Taco Seasoning Mix. 
  4. I put mine in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and I think it will keep for at least a year this way. (I use wide adhesive tape and a Sharpie marker to make labels for the tops of my spice jars, since they’re stored in a drawer.)

Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos from Homesick Texan
Perfect Low-Carb Taco Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix

Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This homemade taco seasoning mix has no added sugar or extra chemical ingredients you don’t want, and I love the blend of flavors in my taco seasoning!


  • 1/4 cup Ancho Chile Powder
  • 2 T chile powder
  • 3 T ground cumin
  • 1 T dried cilantro
  • 1 T sweet paprika (not hot paprika, unless you like it hot)
  • 1 T fine grind sea salt (or slightly less regular salt)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. fine grind black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground Chipotle Chiles (optional, but good if you want more heat)


  1. You can simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir them together.
  2. I wanted a mixture that was more finely ground, so I put the ingredients into the bowl attachment of my immersion blender(or a small food processor would work) and buzzed them together for about a minute.
  3. Store Taco Seasoning Mix in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Recipe makes about one cup.
  4. Start with 2 T per pound of ground beef for regular ground beef tacos, then taste to see if you want it more spicy.


This recipe inspired by Kalyn’s flavor preferences and recipes from other blogs, especially Food RenegadeSimply Sugar and Gluten Free, and Green Lite Bites.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
One great thing about making your own spice mix blends is that you can be sure they don’t contain added sugar, insuring that this mix is suitable for any phase of the South Beach Diet and also for low-carb diet plans.

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    30 Comments on “Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning Mix”

  1. Margaret, I'm so happy to hear that my blog has been helpful for you. Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

  2. Kalyn, I have been knew to South Beach. Your recipes have helped me to lose and keep the weight loss off. I feel like I have become a good cook too. I Love all your recipes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with everyone. With out your recipes I would not had stayed on the diet.

  3. Hope you enjoy it, and I'm intrigued by grilled jalapenos!

  4. Kalyn, this looks great. I am going to make a batch. I use taco seasoning in a grilled jalapeno I make during the summer. Thanks!

  5. Glad people are liking this. I love Penzeys, and also love The Spice House (the owners are brother and sister!)

  6. I love the idea of mixing your own spices. You're right about the ingredients in store-bought spice mixes, reading labels is a must these days. Love all the spices you used (I noticed you like Penzeys too!)

  7. Quite similar to mine; I also use guajillo chiles, smoked paprika, and a bit of unsweetened chocolate. The chocolate brings out the flavor of the meat and chiles, which is why it was used a lot in moles.

  8. I just got some ground beef from the local food co-op and wanted to make tacos but not with the pre-made mix so this is fabulous! I feel like you're always posting something that I really need. thank you!

  9. It is crazy the things that have sugar in them. Since I've started reading labels more closely, it has been a big influence on which brand I buy-I hope companies will start paying attention one day!

  10. Yum, I am drooling here, love the ingredients going in the seasoning. I would love to get my hands on it 🙂

  11. I was actually surprised when I realized that the packaged taco seasoning had sugar. Glad people are liking this.

  12. My hubby loves Mexican food but I have never tried making my own taco seasoning mix…thanks so much for this! 🙂

  13. No sugar and no MSG. Win and win! Thanks for this!

  14. I love this recipe. Great for the pantry and father too!

  15. Maris, that sounds like a lot of work. Maybe I'll just make it for my friends!

    RebeccaVH, interesting idea. I'll have to try that.

    Cary, I think my mom used Lawry's too. Glad you like it.

    Lydia, I love to do that too.

    Miri, hope you enjoy making your own. So much better and cheaper.

  16. I make tacos all the time and I am so happy to have a homemade seasoning now. Thank you so much!

  17. I love making big batches of spice blends, and bottling them for gifts during the holiday season. I usually include a couple of recipes, too. It's a great gift.

  18. Hi Kalyn! I always adored my mother's homemade tacos and remember coming home after baseball practice on a cold afternoon and smelling them cooking. She used Lawry's Taco Seasoning Mix and they were fabulous. On moving to New England, no Lawry's, sob. I found a terrific taco seasoning mix recipe online and added my own ground chipotole chili, and it was over the top. Never looking back to buying someone else's packaged taco mix. Yours sounds terrific! Thanks for the reminder that the extra goo manufacturers add, we do not need, and are much better off without. Congrats on a great idea!

  19. Add just a tiny pinch of cinnamon, too! Fantastic!!

  20. You need to bottle and sell this!