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Best Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

Take taco night to the next level with this homemade chicken taco seasoning. This versatile Mexican spice mix is a must-have in your spice cabinet and it’s one of my go-to spice blends for busy weeknights. Move over Old El Paso!

A wooden bowl filled with chicken taco seasoning. Moody scene.
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Why you’ll love this homemade taco spice mix

Homemade spice blends offer numerous benefits including saving time and money, and are one of the easiest ways to start making your food from scratch. Here’s why you’ll love my DIY taco spice mix:

  1. Select ingredients: Making your own taco seasoning allows you to choose high-quality ingredients and skip preservatives, potato starch, and artificial flavors often found in a packet of taco seasoning from the grocery store.
  2. Versatile: This homemade seasoning blend works well with various meats, vegetables, and Mexican dishes including burritos, fajitas, and nachos.
  3. Blend to taste: Feel free to adjust the ingredients based on your personal preference, especially when it comes to the heat of the mix. 
  4. Cost-effective: Creating your own seasoning mix is not only fresher but also more budget-friendly compared to store-bought packets of chicken taco seasoning such as Old El Paso.
  5. Big batch: Make a double batch or even triple batch to save time later on. Store in airtight containers in a cool and dark place for retain freshness.


Chicken taco seasoning ingredients on a baking sheet.

You only need a few simple ingredients to create this authentic chicken taco seasoning. 

Cumin: Ground cumin is the key spice of regular taco seasoning and gives you those warming flavors you find in Mexican cuisine.

Paprika: You can use smoked or regular paprika powder (sweet).

Chili & red pepper: For mild heat, simply reduce the amount of chili powder and red pepper flakes, or increase them for a hotter blend. This spice mix recipe is mild to medium in heat.

Oregano: Dried oregano adds herbal notes to the homemade taco seasoning mix. You can use Mexican oregano for a more authentic taste.

Onion & garlic: Onion powder and garlic powder add extra flavor and depth to this spice blend.

Salt & pepper: Sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper round out the flavors. You can omit them if you prefer to add them separately to your taco dishes.

7 delicious ways to use chicken taco seasoning

For the best chicken tacos, use approximately 2 tablespoons of the seasoning per pound of meat.

  1. Versatile taco seasoning for Mexican chicken, beef, shrimp, pulled pork, or turkey tacos. 
  2. Spice rub for skinless chicken breasts, cooked on the BBQ or in a large skillet on the stove. 
  3. Slow cooker taco casserole with ground turkey taco meat and black beans, topped with sour cream.
  4. Mix with olive oil and lime juice for an easy marinade for boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  5. Crockpot taco soup made with ground beef served with fried taco shells, corn tortillas, or flour tortillas. Perfect for taco Tuesday during winter!
  6. Sprinkle it on grilled vegetables or taco salads for a smoky flavor.
  7. Mix into a small bowl of refried beans for a flavorful Mexican side dish.


How long does the homemade seasoning last?

When stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, it can last for up to three months.

Is this chicken taco seasoning gluten-free?

Yes, it is.

Is there a difference between beef and chicken taco seasoning?

Typically no. They can be used interchangeably.

A wooden bowl filled with chicken taco seasoning. Moody scene.

Best Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

Caro Jensen
Take taco night to the next level with this homemade chicken taco seasoning, a versatile Mexican spice blend perfect for busy weeknights.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Staples
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 tablespoons
Calories 18 kcal


  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder
  • 2 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano Mexican oregano optional
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tbsp ground cumin , 2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp ground chili powder, 1 tsp ground black pepper, and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
    1 tbsp ground cumin, 2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 2 tsp ground chili powder
  • Thoroughly combine the spices with a spoon or small whisk.
  • Transfer the spice blend into a sterilized, lidded jar and use as directed in your favorite chicken taco recipe.
  • Use approximately 2 tablespoons of the seasoning per pound of chicken, other meat, or vegetables.



Fresh ingredients: Make sure your herbs and spices are fresh and fragrant to start with.
Control the heat: For a milder version, reduce red pepper flakes and chili powder. For extra heat, increase them.
Storage: Keep the seasoning mix in an airtight container or mason jar to maintain freshness.


Calories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 864mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 925IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
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