Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco night just got better thanks to this homemade taco seasoning mix.

This is a great recipe for a Taco Seasoning Mix that comes to us from the city of Toluca de Lerdo, in central Mexico. You can add or subtract as much or as little of the spices that you like.

How to Use Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco seasoning can also be used on meat, seafood, veggies, or beans in your favorite taco recipe. It works great as a rub for steak, chicken, fish, or shrimp, especially during summertime grilling season.

Use it in soups or add it to a vinaigrette for a zesty salad. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try it sprinkled on popcorn too!

How to Store Taco Seasoning Mix

Store your Taco Seasoning Mix in an airtight container out of direct sunlight. It can be stored for up to six months or until it loses its smell.

History of Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning, as far as food goes, is a relatively new invention as the commercial use of chili powder, its primary ingredient, was invented in 1894. We are not sure when or where the first “Taco Seasoning Recipe” was made but the Taco itself was first invented in Mexico by the Aztecs.

The Metropolitan City of Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

Toluca is a center for commerce, communications, agriculture (wheat, corn [maize], beans, and other vegetables), and livestock. It is well connected by railway and highway with Mexico City and other plateau cities.

A Brief History of The City of Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

The Valley of Toluca was known as Matlatzinco Valley in ancient times and was home to at least four linguistic groups: the Matlatzinca, Otomi, Mazahua, and Nahua peoples. In 1478 the Mexica emperor Axayacatl conquered the Toluca Valley. The capital was stripped of its dynasty and power and some lands were distributed to kings and nobles from the Valley of Mexico.

In 1521, the Spanish conquered the Valley of Toluca. Leading the troops was Gonzalo de Sandoval, one of Cortes’ many sergeants. Toluca’s first governor was Pedro Cortés Coyotzin. The Valley of Toluca and what is now the city of Toluca were included in the concession made by King Carlos V of Spain to Hernán Cortés.

After the creation of the State of Mexico in 1825, the state capital moved to different cities several times until in 1830, Toluca was finally designated as the constitutional capital of Mexico.

Toursim in The City of Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

Toluca de Lerdo sits at a high altitude and is known for its colonial architecture. The imposing Catedral de San José and the neoclassical Palacio Municipal overlook the main square, Plaza de los Mártires. Housed in a former marketplace, the Cosmovitral Botanical Garden has plants from around the world and dozens of stained-glass murals.

Colonies of migratory monarch butterflies winter in the forested highlands of Nevado de Toluca National Park southwest of the city.

Cuisine of Mexico

Mexican food mixes European and Mesoamerican elements. In Toluca, the most famous dish is chorizo, a regional sausage made of ground pork and tomato sauce, pumpkin mole, pipian, and other ingredients such as salt, pepper, white wine, almonds, potatoes, vinegar, garlic, and chile.

In Mexico, the word “chorizo” is used as a nickname for anything (anybody) from Toluca. Other popular dishes, which must be mentioned are “tacos de carnitas” (pork tacos) and “tacos de plaza” made of barbacoa, pork, chicharron (fried pork rind), papalo Porophyllum ruderale, onion, coriander, nopales, cueritos, chili sauce, salt, and lime. The traditional food includes vegetables from the region such as “quelites”, “quintoniles”, “huazontles”, spinach, “verdolagas”, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and so forth.

Lusso Cafe

Av. Primero de Mayo 614, Barrio de Sta Clara, 50150 Toluca de Lerdo, Méx., Mexico

Lusso Cafe
Lusso Cafe

Lusso Cafe is a little place hidden in the middle of the city that you will fall in love with for its food and service.

How to Make This Taco Seasoning Mix

Like all recipes, it is important to lay out all of your equipment and ingredients before starting. This is a quick and easy recipe that only takes a few minutes and you have a bottle of the most delicious Taco Seasoning Mix you have ever tried.

What You Need to Make Taco Seasoning

Equipment Needed

  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Spice Jar

Ingredients Needed

  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 3 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
Taco Seasoning Mix
Taco Seasoning Mix

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How to Mix Taco Seasoning

  1. Mix the Ingredients

    Combine all ingredients and mix well.

  2. Store in a Spice Jar

    Store in an air-tight container. This taco seasoning mix will last up to 6 months.

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Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

Recipe Author | Captain Cook
This recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix will make 1 cup of mix. You will need ¼ cup of seasoning mix to make tacos.

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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings
Calories 19 kcal




  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.
    ¼ cup chili powder, 3 tbsp dried minced onion, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 2½ tsp salt, 2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1½ tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Store in an air-tight container. Homemade taco seasoning will last up to 6 months.


To make Taco Meat, add 1/4 cup Taco Seasoning Mix and 3/4 cup water to 1 lb. of cooked ground meat. Simmer and stir for 2 minutes. 


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 19kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 0.8gFat: 0.8gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2475mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 0.7gCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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