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Taco Seasoning

Our Test Kitchen developed this spicy, salt-free alternative to packaged taco seasoning. Stir it into dips or ground beef, sprinkle on chicken or wherever you want a Southwestern flair.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    3 tablespoons


  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
Editor's Note: Not all chili powders are alike, and salt levels vary greatly. Ingredients are listed in descending order on package labels. Check your chili powder label to ensure that salt is not listed as one of the first three ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 teaspoon: 7 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • JSeller
    Apr 30, 2020

    I have used this recipe several times, sometimes adding salt, sometimes extra onions, sometimes extra garlic.....always tastes great, the family loves this!

  • gunslinger
    Sep 19, 2019

    Found this recipe for taco seasonings one day when I was in the mood for tacos and had no packaged seasoning. I used 3 Tablespoons for 1 lb. of hamburger and the results were very tasty. I also liked the fact that it has less sodium than the packaged mix.

  • dlyn9smith
    Apr 16, 2016

    I like having this recipe, because I can control how hot I want my taco meat. I added 4 teaspoons to ground chicken, and it was just spicy enough for my soft tacos. My husband enjoyed this recipe.

  • typers
    Jan 21, 2015

    I added 3 Tbs. to 1 lb. of ground beef, it was good but I like it a little more spicy so I added a few shakes of Mrs. Dash; Southwest Chipotle no salt seasoning. mmm good Best Taco I have had since I have been on this low sodium diet. Thank You for this recipe. 5 Stars.

  • charjohnson
    Dec 28, 2012

    I guessed and used this for one pound of meat. I was right. This recipe equals one store bought package.

  • canyonjojo
    Mar 18, 2012

    Excellent balance of flavors.

  • lconnick
    Feb 25, 2012

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  • IvyRiggs
    Aug 20, 2011

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  • gina_h
    Apr 1, 2011

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  • Fabricio
    Mar 20, 2011

    Quick, easy and the flavor is better than store bought!