It’s the simple things.

taco seasoning

Sometimes it’s the simple things that bring great joy to our lives – reading a book with your child, watching the sun come up, looking for seashells on the beach, or making your own Taco Seasoning. Ok, so maybe it’s a wee bit of a stretch to include the last item, but you will find a certain amount of satisfaction in preparing your own seasoning of buying the high sodium variety at the store. Several recipes on my website call for Taco Seasoning in the ingredients list, so having some on hand during your Daniel Fast will prove to be a big help.

Taco Seasoning

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Yield: 48 servings (serving size: ¼ teaspoon)

Recipe Notes


  1. I used my last packet of taco seasoning mix last evening. I don’t know why I haven’t made this homemade mix before. Thanks for posting it and reminding me of the simplicity of making your own!

  2. Hi, Jane! Thanks for your comment. Sounds like the timing on my post was perfect! Sometimes I need those reminders myself. 🙂

  3. I always buy my taco seasoning mild and I recently got a packet from Trader Joes that was waaaay too spicy. What should I omit from this to obtain the effect of ‘mild’ homemade taco seasoning?

  4. I would consider this a fairly mild seasoning. However, each person’s idea of “mild” is different. You could omit the cayenne pepper to be safe. 🙂

    • Pat Landrum says:

      I tried making a “taco” with barley and seasoning. It was awful, any suggestion on what to use to complete the filling using the recipe from today for the seasoning?

      • Yeah, that doesn’t sound too good. Barley just isn’t quite the right texture! I tried making “taco meat” out of cooked lentils this week, and it was pretty good. So that’s an idea.

        • Carla Givan Motes says:

          If you don’t have a nut allergy, walnuts make a great taco meat substitute. Soak them for about an hour and drain off the water. Put them in the food processor with the taco seasoning above and pulse to the right texture. It’s delicious!