Taco Seasoning – Great Small Gift Idea!

This is a simple, fantastic seasoning recipe which will make you give up those packets of seasoning. The flavor is so much richer, and it is such a money saver too. Modify the recipe to fit your taste and spice requirements. Be sure to use fresh spices.  Over time, spices will lose their potency and not flavor your food as intended. As a general rule, whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 3 to 4 years and dried leafy herbs for 1 to 3 years.  The best way to know if the spices on your shelf are still good is by color and smell.

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I save my empty glass spice bottles to reuse, but you can also purchase small mason jars to fill with your taco seasoning. Double or triple the recipe to make a large bowl of seasoning and put in glass bottles or jars. Decorate with raffia or ribbon and put a few away for last minute small gifts or Christmas stocking stuffers. You can do the spices in layers for a visual display as long as your jar is large enough for the recipient to shake it up before using.  I like to add a recipe card or printed recipe when gifting a homemade item like seasoning.  Pin this for your use this fall.

Taco Seasoning

Use organic when available, approximately 8 teaspoons 


Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is a simple, fantastic seasoning recipe which will make you give up those packets of seasoning. The flavor is so much richer, and it is such a money saver too.
Course spice mix
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican spices, spice mix, taco seasoning
Servings 8 teaspoons


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes /
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl
  • Store in air-tight glass bottle
  • Label bottle
  • If gifting, add raffia or ribbon to decorate bottle


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

20 thoughts to “Taco Seasoning – Great Small Gift Idea!”

  1. Hello, I love tacos, I just wish my hubby loved them too. I would make them at home. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a happy day!

    1. Adjust according to your taste – the recipe is for a jar full of seasoning. If you use a tablespoon of the seasoning it isn’t a tablespoon of chili powder. Of course use the amount that you like. I never say just follow the recipe. It has to fit your needs. Let me know what you think.

  2. I think homemade spice mixes are the best! Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning this. 🙂

  3. Well, that’s easy!! I’ve always wanted to make my own, since I’m sure that it’s healthier than the envelope kind. Saving this to try soon…thank you!

  4. Hi Carol, Pinned this post to my gift board and glad I have it for future reference. I bought an organic Mexican seasoning mix this time, but like your from-scratch recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Wed. Aim Link Party and have a great weekend.

  5. Hi Carol, I keep meaning to mix my own spices for things like this (and Chinese 5 spice), but never seem to have the right dried herbs & spices. I’m sure it would work out far cheaper than buying taco spice packets. I really must do it!


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