DIY Taco Seasoning

We love Southwestern/Tex-Mex food at this house. Between all the tortilla chips and black beans that live in our pantry, and our frequent need for something quick and easy on weeknights (ultimate nachos, anyone?), taco seasoning is a staple.


But in our remote area, gluten free taco seasoning packets are hard to come by. Most regular brands of taco seasoning contain wheat or barley, and some of them contain MSG, too. To make things simpler, healthier, and safe for our family, I just use spices and herbs I already have on hand to make this seasoning each time I need it.

It really takes less than five minutes to make, and if you want, you could double or triple this recipe and keep it in a small mason jar, ready for whenever you need!


DIY Taco Seasoning

*Takes 5 minutes
*Comparable to 1 pre-made taco seasoning packet


1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
*optional — 1/4 tsp. onion powder – I usually like to add green onions to whatever I’m making instead of using onion powder.

Combine in a small bowl and stir. Add to your sauce or meat mixture as you cook as usual. Or…place in a glass jar with a sealed lid and store in your pantry for later use!

I just added this today to 1 lb. of ground turkey for our lunch and dinner (taco salad for lunch…leftover taco casserole for dinner!).

For our family, the five minutes of combining spices is worth it in comparison to finding and buying gluten free taco seasoning packages in bulk for the month.


What do you love to add to your Southwest/Tex-Mex/Mexican food dishes?



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