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Taco Spice Mix

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10 minutes

6 Servings

Recipe courtesy Chef Carla Contreras, founder of Cook + Chop.

I wrote this recipe for my sister ages ago. She was using taco spice packets regularly to meal prep and wanted to switch it up to something healthier. We grew up eating “taco dinner.” Maybe you are familiar with the taco seasoning, hard taco shells, and let’s not forget—the taco sauce! Gosh, we loved taco night even before Taco Tuesday was a thing!

My homemade version pairs well with one pound of ground beef, ground turkey, and or ground chicken. You can also use a teaspoon of the taco spice with canned black beans. This is my favorite! I love taco beans for breakfast with a fried egg, tortilla, avocado, and hot sauce.

Bonus: You can meal prep the beans ahead of time for a quick weekday breakfast.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (15 votes, average: 3.67 out of 5)

10 minutes

6 Servings


1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 teaspooons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon urfa, chipotle powder, or gochugaru (optional)



Taco Spice Mix
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Store up to one month in an airtight container.


Packaged spice packets are expensive compared to making blends like this yourself. Plus, you can keep it clean and know your seasoning is free of added sugar and the preservatives that make packaged mixes shelf-stable.

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