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Healthy Taco Seasoning


Do you still have pre-packaged Taco Seasoning in your pantry? If you do, check this out!

taco seasoning


Ingredients: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites).

There are a few issues with using prepackaged spice mixes. First off, caramel coloring is a food dye that is in the process of being banned by the FDA due to it’s links to causing cancer. Another issue is the maltodexterin. Sugar has a glycemic index of 52 and maltodexterin is 110!

AND ingredients are listed in the order of prevalence…they don’t even list a spice until the 4th ingredient! I’ll stick to making a triple batch of my own mix and keeping it in my pantry!

Healthy Taco Seasoning

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Dairy Free, Nut Free, Sauces and Condiments, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 20
Calories 5


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Redmond Fine grain sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper


  • 2 teaspoons Natural Sweetener


  • In a bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 5 | Fat: 0.2g | Protein: 0.2g | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fiber: 1g | P:E Ratio: 1



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  • Thank you for posting this! I used this tonight and everyone loved it. I was a little bit worried because I’ve always used McCormick taco mix but this was so much better! And easy to mix up from my spice rack. THANKS! Next I’ll try the onion soup mix.

  • I’m so happy that you liked it!!!

  • We LOVE this taco seasoning! Thanks! I like to know exactly what’s in the things I cook with and this is great, none of that extra crap or things they don’t list.

  • Anonymous says:

    Is one recipe the same as one packet? How much do you use for a pound of meat?

  • Anonymous says:

    This taco seasoning blend is AMAZING! We use it all the time!

  • Joy says:

    Maria, I really appreciate all you post, and I can’t wait to try this. I make a lot of mexican flavored soups and stews for easy reheat meals, and I really never paid any attention to the ingredients on a spice mix – just figured it would be spices. Duh. Thank you for enlightening me! I can take NOTHING for granted where food is concerned!

  • Jon in Maine says:

    Loved the recipe thanks. I added some a turnip, onion and mushrooms that I put thru my grinder and addedto the beef and it came out just like regular beef only taco meat. Makes me wonder what other veggies I could run thru the grinder too.

  • Molly says:

    One post says next ill try the onion soup mix, I searched your site and didn’t find the dry onion soup mix, do you have one to share?

  • Nancy says:

    Love your Taco Seasoning!! And your gift of transforming recipes is amazing! So, on my wish list would be additional seasoning mixes…for instance, for a change in the Nacho Chips, having a different taste, like maybe garlicky or Italian ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dana says:

    I use your taco spice to make your slow cooker spiced nuts recipe…but, I have a question: the recipe specifically calls for xylitol…is there another sweetener you can use in your slow cooker instead? I like giving the spiced nuts as gifts, but worry about people with pets. Thanks!

  • Corinne says:

    I didn’t think I would ever get my husband off of those packets of taco junk from the grocery store…until I made your recipe the first time. He was suspicious, but it smelled great so he tried it. Now he asks if we have it on hand and, if not, will I mix it up for him. Gladly!

  • MdmRptr says:

    I just made this last night for some organic ground turkey. I didn’t have oregano, forgot to crush my red pepper flakes, and didn’t use any sweetener. All that said – it passed the test with flying colors. Meaning my husband and daughter LOVED it, as did I. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe for adding flavor in a healthy way. Love you and all the encouraging photo’s your clients share, thank you.

  • Mark says:

    Nightshades, such as red and green peppers ( including paprika, but not black pepper corns), cause immflation, correct? Any time I eat them the knuckles in my fingers become sore the next day.

    • cemmerich says:

      Some people are sensitive to night shade and others are not. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mark says:

        From what I understand the affects are applicable to everyone, but some people don’t notice the symptoms due to long term consumption. I thought that didn’t affect me, so what I did was stop eating all nightshades for 6 weeks or thereabouts. Then I sat down for dinner and include a small bowl of salsa, which I’d been eating for decades with no noticeable issues. Well after letting my system clear out the affects of nightshades, and then consuming about a cup in total, the next day I had the symptoms! This is alarming because swelling isn’t limited to joints and tissues – it also affects the brain, which changes the way we think in subtle ways. That’s the info I gathered.

  • Jan says:

    About how much do you use for one pound of hamburger? I’m type 2 dibetic and I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jan says:

    Oops, I meant diabetic! Silly me.

  • BRENDA says:

    I would like to try this recipe but I would like to know what the sodium content is.


  • Amanda says:

    Where can I find your homemade ketchup recipe?

  • Renee says:

    Hi Maria,
    This is the first of your recipes I have tried. Though I am going crazy devouring your site and pinning things. This recipe is AMAZING, thank you! I just had bariatric surgery a week ago, and I am looking forward to trying more recipes from your site!

  • Peggy D.... says:

    I haven’t taken the time to make this taco seasoning mix yet but will soon. I’ll have to modify though as my husband can’t tolerate spicy food. I generally use about 1 tsp salt & 1 tsp chili powder per # of grass fed ground beef. Then sprinkle on onion and garlic powder not salt. Not real spicy but everyone seems to love it. I put out my favorite Tabasco with the other toppings for those who want to make it spicier. I served it last Sat for 20+ and all 5 lbs of taco meat were gone! BTW, watch out for additives in CHILI POWDER as that can have bad stuff in it. Silicon dioxide is the one I have seen, I think. Sometimes even in the bulk bins at a natural food store.

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