Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet Replacement

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

This mild taco seasoning replaces one of the store-bought packets. It is super-speedy to use with only four ingredients. No preservatives, no sugar, no msg, no fuss!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Stir seasoning and 3/4 cup water into 1 pound browned and drained hamburger; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

I'm sorry - I just can't agree with the positive reviews. I followed the recipe exactly and was very disappointed. There was absolutely no taste. I needed a mild flavor so seeing it listed as "mild" didn't bother me. I was concerned at first because all I had was smoked paprika. I ended up increasing the ingredients called for and adding cumin, garlic powder and onion powder. This did round out the flavors while keeping it mild. I increased the chili powder by 1/2 t, added 1/2 t of cumin, garlic, onion powder and 1 T of salsa. I definitely needed the salt.

Carol B. August 30, 2015

When the description says mild, that was an understatement. When mixed with one pound of meat, this barely seasoned the taco meat. If you ate the meat by itself, you could pick up a hint of flavor. When mixed in with the rest of the taco ingredients (shell, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and cheese), you couldn't taste the meat at all.

cmdoc_5600933 September 05, 2013

I find that I agreed with broach6 and felt that it was missing something. On the whole, it was a good beginning, but I found that I needed to definitely add the salt. (I thought perhaps I could get away with leaving out the salt.) I also increased the chili powder by 1/2 t, and added 1/2 t of cumin, 1/2 t garlic powder, 1/2 t onion powder. I feel that it rounded out the flavors while keeping it mild.

angeljoy January 14, 2012