Spicy Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is one of my favorite spice mixes to keep on hand in the pantry. It is a simple and easy way to add some flavor and heat. Plus, I really like cooking up different variations of meat-stuffed veggies. Taco seasoning is a great go-to base for flavor in these recipes! (For some ideas, check out my Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash, or Southwestern Style Stuffed Eggplant recipes.)

Taco seasoning spice mix

In my effort to source as many ingredients from “scratch” in my cooking as possible, I decided to make my own taco seasoning to keep on hand. After all, I have all of the component spices already in my cupboard. I might as well put them to use!

There are many recipes floating around on the internet. How to choose one to use? I decided to make some comparisons to see what the core spices/proportions looked like. I also wanted one that included a thickening agent (like cornstarch). That way, if you simmer your seasoned browned meat with a little water, you’ll get a bit of a sauce going.

The recipe I settled on, with a few modifications, is from Gimme Delicious. You can see the original recipe here. We like spicy in our household, so I added in some cayenne. I also boosted the oregano (an herb I love, and grow in the garden, so I always have plenty on hand).

Spices for taco seasoning

So here is the official Cook Craft Cultivate recipe for Spicy Taco Seasoning! This is what I use when any of the recipes on the blog call for taco seasoning.

Spicy Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Category: Seasoning

Cuisine: Mexican

Servings: 3/4 cup

Taco seasoning spice mix

Spicy Taco Seasoning – great for seasoning ground meat for taco night, but also use as a seasoning on meat pre-grilling, or even tossed on veggies pre-roasting.


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Store in a jar or other sealed container, and enjoy for 6+ months.
    When using to season ground meat:
  1. Brown the meat.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of meat.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water (more if needed).
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until the water has mostly evaporated and there is a nice saucy coating on the meat.

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