Single Serving Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional, for extra heat)


1. Combine the spices: In a small bowl, thoroughly mix all the spices.

2. Use for your taco meat: Brown approximately 1/4 to 1/3 pound of ground beef, chicken, or your favorite taco protein. Drain any excess fat.

3. Season and simmer: Add your spice mix to the cooked meat along with about 2-3 tablespoons of water. Stir to combine and let simmer for a minute or two to allow the flavors to meld.

4. Build your tacos: Use the seasoned meat to fill your favorite taco shells, top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!


  • Heat level: Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes or add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicier kick.
  • Smoky flavor: Use all smoked paprika for a richer, smoky flavor.
  • Sweet touch: Add a tiny pinch of brown sugar for a hint of sweetness.


  • Store any leftover seasoning mix in a small airtight container or jar in a cool, dark place. It should last for several months if stored properly.


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