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Store bought vs. Homemade Taco Seasoning

When Matt and I first got married, grocery shopping was so stressful. I had never been responsible for buying groceries for more than just myself! And you know what? It’s hard to remember all the little things you need!

But sometimes that can lead to a great improvisation! And that’s how I discovered homemade taco seasoning.

One day, during the first 2 months of marriage, I planned to make tacos. I got the beef, shells, lettuce, tomatoes, even made some Spanish rice and black beans. I had gone all out for this delicious taco dinner I wanted to make for my husband.

I started cooking my beef and rice, cutting lettuce and tomatoes, and preheated the oven for the taco shells when I realized… I had no taco seasoning!

After a brief panic, I remembered Matt had mentioned before that he wanted to try making homemade taco seasoning, and I had even


a recipe a few weeks prior. So I decided to try my hand at making my own.

Thankfully I had all the spices in the recipe, thanks to our new spice rack and my parents gifting us lots of spices.

I mixed together all the spices and gave it a good smell. It smelled alright, but I was skeptical.

I went ahead and made my beef and then the tacos. But what happened when I tasted it blew me away. It was delicious! The flavors were so much bolder and fresher than I had ever had with store bought taco seasoning. I couldn’t get over it. It was SO good! And of course, Matt agreed!

A few weeks passed since I had made the homemade seasoning, and while at the store I bought a packet of taco seasoning. Is was just easier to pick up a 99 cent packet of seasoning than pulling out 9 spices out of the cabinet, measuring, and mixing.

I regretted that decision. The tacos simply were not as good. They tasted chemically and overly salty and there was no real flavor.

I never finished that packet of taco seasoning… it’s what is pictured in this post. Haha. Year old taco seasoning.

But seriously, the difference is amazing! Just look at them.

I would say that without a doubt, the homemade seasoning looks WAY better. And the flavor is the exact same way.

Want to know how to make your own? It’s SUPER easy!

I got the recipe originally from

Rachel Ray



1 Tbsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder (I used minced onion because that’s what we have in our pantry)

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (sometimes if I want a spicier batch, I’ll add 1/2 tsp for some kick)

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 + 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

The directions?

Mix them all up. Haha.

Then I do what I would do with regular taco seasoning.

I cook the beef (or chicken) all the way through and drain the grease. Then I sprinkle 1 Tbsp per half pound onto the meat. That’s just what I’ve found we like. You can do more or less depending on how much taco flavor you want! Then I put about a 1/4 cup of water onto the meat and seasoning, mix, and then boil the water off. And wa-la you’ve got delicious taco meat from homemade seasoning!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this different post on my photography blog! I love taking photos and being a photographer, but I also love to do lots of other things! So you might be seeing some more of these posts in the future. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Meet Karyn

Hi friends! I’m Karyn a twenty-something Christian, wife, do-it-yourselfer, chocoholic, and Virginia Tech alum living in Louisville, KY. I’m a wedding photographer by day and blogger by night. You’ll find all kinds of pretty pictures, wedding tips, life updates, and crazy thoughts on this little place I call my internet home.

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