Homemade Taco Seasoning with Salt Free Option

Homemade Taco Seasoning with Salt Free Option

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I’m not sure how many times I’ve said it… we eat a LOT of Mexican food around here! It’s so easy to throw tacos or taco salad together for a quick dinner.

I was craving tacos the other week, when I realized we didn’t have any taco seasoning on hand. Most of the time, we pick up the generic brand taco seasoning packets. I figured it would be easy enough to put together on my own, so I threw one together with some of my favorite flavors.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Garlic salt seems to be a staple around here. We try not to overdo it, but garlic salt does wind up in a lot of my recipes. It’s not too bad, since I don’t eat much processed food loaded with sodium. If you used garlic salt in full, this recipe comes out to about 1/4 of your recommended daily value salt. If you are trying to watch your sodium intake, you could substitute half or all the garlic salt for garlic powder.

This particular night, I put together a great taco salad. A little bit of shredded colby jack, veggies, and a side of plain Greek yogurt.

taco salad

Taco salads are one of my favorite things to pack for lunch. It seems to be the only salad I don’t get sick of during the week. Something about a Mexican fiesta…

taco salad lunch

I also used this seasoning blend on chicken sauteed with white onions and green peppers for tacos later in the week. It was equally awesome!

Homemade Taco Seasoning with Salt Free Option


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder or garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 16 oz meat


  1. Cook meat in a skillet. Drain any necessary grease.
  2. Mix together seasonings.
  3. Add water to skillet, and sprinkle seasonings on top. Add additional water if needed.
  4. Mix in well, and simmer for 5 minutes.

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Looking for some other seasonings you can blend at home? I also have a steak rub seasoning mix!

What are your favorite seasonings for cooking?

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