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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix & Taco Pizza

You will never have to buy over-priced, way-too-much-salt, sometimes ‘msg added’ taco seasoning packets again!  This taco seasoning mix is so easy to make and tastes really great!  I feel it gives a much richer, “homemade” flavor to every recipe I use it in.  I have used to season ground beef for tacos, nachos, & taco pizza.  I have used it to season refried beans, and to season lentils for vegetarian tacos. You can even use it to season chicken.

Taco Seasoning Mix



  • 1 tablespoon 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 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.


Here is the recipe quadrupled, to make a large batch.  Store in a mason jar. 🙂

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



~Use 3 teaspoons (more if want stronger flavor) per pound of meat.  Add 2/3 cup water and simmer down until water is absorbed.

~If you prefer, you could sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of flour to help thicken sauce.  I find this is not necessary.

~Adjust salt and red pepper flakes to your taste.  I usually use a bit less of both.

~You could make a large batch and give away in small mason jars as a thoughtful gift.

~Buying seasonings in bulk is the way to go!  Amazon has some great deals, like McCormick Gourmet Collection Chili Powder.

Use the above link and I will receive a small percentage of what you spend.  Thanks!!


Taco Pizza No Recipe, Recipe

Premade pizza crust (we use premade dough from Trader Joes)
Pizza Sauce (we also get from Trader Joes)
Ground Beef Seasoned with Taco Seasoning Mix (or beans or lentils)
Lettuce (we use spinach)
Taco Sauce or Salsa
Corn Chips, crumbled

Top pizza crust with sauce, add cheese and meat (or beans).  Bake according to pizza crust directions.  Cool slightly.  Add toppings you prefer and serve with taco sauce or salsa!

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  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Could you confirm, please, if the reader above is correct? Should the recipe read 3tbsp or 3tsp?

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    The taco recipe should be 3 TEASPOONS of taco mix to 2/3 cup of water not Tablespoons. I had to figure tis out after making tacos and they tasted horrible!

  • Holly Baker
    March 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Is this recipe equivalent to one packet of taco/fajita seasoning?

  • nancy
    January 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    it’s been years since i’ve bought a taco seasoning packet. love the homemade stuff and so much better for our bodies. your slice of pie looks delish.

  • Missy
    January 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’m always looking for alternatives for the prepackaged. I’m sure my family will love this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Amy Bowman
    January 30, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Hi is a raw dough so we add toppings then bake.

  • Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY
    January 30, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Love the recipe, combines my boyfriends two favorite foods, tacos and pizza! One question though, is the dough precooked or do you add the toppings to the raw dough like a regular pizza? No Trader Joes around here so I’m not sure what their dough is like.

  • marlece
    January 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s pizza dough also, it is the best….looks yummy!

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