Make the BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning for chicken or beef using pantry spices. Perfect for tacos, marinades, and sauces.
Making your own Taco Seasoning blend gives you control over the taste and nutrition. It’s also cost effective to make your own spice blends. They typically are made up of spices you already have. And it’s always helpful to have a recipe handy when you’re short on time and resources.
What you will need to make the best Taco Seasoning
Sweet paprika– Regular paprika works too.
Chicken or beef bouillon cubes
OreganoGranulated sugar– A tiny bit of sugar adds to the flavor without adding more salt.
Mortar and pestle or spice grinder
This taco seasoning is different from most others because I include bouillon base cube in the blend. The bouillon cubes enhance the flavor of the seasoning blend by like 150%. The bouillon cube help to bring out the flavor of the respective meats. However, you can use chicken flavor in beef tacos and vice verse without negatively affecting the overall taste. But my preference is to make separate batches for both kinds.
How to make Taco Seasoning
For the best tasting spice blend, the flavors have to become one. Grinding the spices together is essential as it creates a unified taste. I use either a mortar and pestle or my Nutribullet as a spice grinder. Use whatever you have. When using a mortar I start by pounding the onion first before adding the other ingredients.
When using the Nutribullet, I just add all of the spices and grind until the dried onion is mostly invisible.
How to use and store homemade Taco Seasoning
This recipe makes 8 tablespoons; the equivalent of 4 taco packets. For recipes calling for one packet of taco seasoning, use 2 tablespoons of seasoning. Store the blend in an airtight jar with a lid in the pantry. It will last the shelf-life of the bouillon cube.
Recipes using Taco Seasoning
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp dried onion
- 1 tbsp sweet paprika
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes or beef
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Add all the spices to a grinder and grind until the dried onion is mostly invisible. Store in an airtight container on the pantry shelf.