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Homemade Taco Seasoning

You control the ingredients and flavor of your tacos when you make your own homemade taco seasoning!

This homemade taco seasoning recipe uses chipotle powder instead of the usual chili powder, which gives it a smoky kick.

I have an unbelievable weakness for tacos.  I have no shame or airs when it comes to them either; I’ll happily tuck into authentic Mexican-style street tacos, Baja-style fish tacos, and Taco Bell Drive Thru tacos just the same. If it can be wrapped in a corn tortilla and sprinkled with hot sauce then I am 

I love keeping homemade taco seasoning on hand in the kitchen because I can be the one who controls the ingredients that go into it – no more deciphering mystery ‘stabilizers’ or unpronounceable words from the back of store-bought taco seasoning. 

Plus, I can control the heat level by adding or removing some of the chipotle powder or chili powder. And considering the amount of tacos, chilli, enchiladas and nachos that we make in this house, we’re definitely saving money in the long run when I make this homemade taco seasoning. Buying packets of that pre-packaged stuff can really add up!

A word about the chipotle powder used in this recipe: I love using chipotle powder in places that would typically call for chili powder (like in this Veggie Skillet Chilli). There’s a smoky depth of flavor that you just don’t get with regular chili powder or flakes. If you’re unable to find chipotle powder, though, subbing the same amount of chili powder will work just fine.  

Go forth and taco!

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Ruthy Kirwan

Ruthy Kirwan is a recipe tester and developer living in NYC with her two small kids and hard-working husband. She created Percolate Kitchen in 2016 to help busy people get their act together in the kitchen. Learn more at

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