Take your Mexican dishes up to the next level with our flavorful homemade Taco (Mexican) Seasoning!

white bowl filled with Taco Seasoning

With a father who grew up in Arizona, my family frequently enjoyed Mexican food for dinner – and I still love it today. There are several of our family favorites in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®.

I have found that I like to make my own Taco Seasoning (also called Mexican Seasoning) – which is simply a blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic and cayenne pepper. I also throw in a fair amount of paprika, to add even more depth to the flavor. One trick I learned from my cousin Jim Kidwell – who is a fabulous home gourmet – is to make your own chili powder from a blend of a variety of chili powders (ancho, chipotle, etc.). Jim regularly sends me a supply of his special blend, but you can easily make your own. Just browse through the Mexican aisle in your grocery store, or head out to a specialty spice store. You’ll be amazed at the various types of chili powders that are available today.

Taco Seasoning (aka Mexican Seasoning)

white bowl filled with Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is the best! So easy to prepare with a mix of chili powder, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper – and I add paprika, too.

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes just shy of 1 cup
  • Category: seasonings, Mexican, southwestern
  • Diet: Low Salt


  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients. Store in an air tight container.


A trick we learned from cousin and fabulous home gourmet Jim Kidwell is to use a blend of various chili powders – chipotle, ancho, hot, etc. You can find them with the Mexican food in major grocery stores, at farmer’s markets and specialty spice stores.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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One Response to “Taco Seasoning (also known as Mexican Seasoning)”

  1. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I love Mexican food. My husband makes his own taco mix…I’ll have to compare the two. And of course I’m always game to try a new blend, especially when it comes recommended by you! I’ll be sharing on my Facebook page this week! 🙂


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