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Chicken Taco Seasoning

Our homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning is fast, easy to make, and wholesome! Packed with incredible flavor, and ZERO preservatives, it’s a taco seasoning recipe you’ll be making on repeat in no time. This Mexican spice blend has a mild, smoky flavor that pairs well with any kind of meat. Taco Tuesday just got tastier (and healthier, too)!

Homemade taco seasoning in a spice jar.

Why This Recipe Works

Packed with delicious flavor, our chicken taco seasoning will elevate your chicken tacos (and many other dishes!) to a whole new level.

This simple recipe is:

  • ready in minutes
  • a healthy option that’s gluten free
  • a versatile taco seasoning recipe you can use for so many things!

Why Make Your Own Chicken Taco Seasoning

There are so many options for Mexican spice blends at the store, so why opt for a homemade taco seasoning recipe?

This easy chicken taco seasoning is a wholesome blend that is free of preservatives like maltodextrin that many of the store-bought brands have.

If you’re not familiar with maltodextrin, it’s a preservative and flavor enhancer made out of vegetable starch, and it is highly processed. It’s also a polysaccharide- a carbohydrate made up of sugar molecules. Maltodextrin is high on the glycemic index (even higher than table sugar!), which means it is processed in the body as glucose and can cause spikes in blood sugar.

That’s just one of the reasons why it’s worth making your own chicken taco seasoning!

The Ingredients

The ingredient list is short and the time it takes is even shorter!

With 5 minutes total time to prep this blend, there’s no reason NOT to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need to make this smoky, homemade chicken taco seasoning:

  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • chipotle chili powder (for less heat, swap in smoked paprika)
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • dried oregano
  • ground black pepper
  • brown sugar
  • corn starch (optional)
10 spices layered in a jar for taco seasoning.

How to Make Chicken Taco Seasoning

You only need two steps to make this Mexican spice blend!

  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

It’ll take you about about five minutes max, and you’ll have it easily handy for all your chicken taco needs!

The great thing about this chicken taco seasoning is you can easily customize it however you like!

Add some more spice with red pepper flakes, stir in a teaspoon ground coriander, etc. The options are endless to make this easy seasoning blend your own.

Piles of spices needed for homemade taco seasoning.

Uses for Chicken Taco Seasoning

There are so many uses for this chicken taco seasoning blend! If you’re used to buying packets of taco seasoning, it’s helpful to know that 3 tablespoons of this homemade spice blend is equivalent to 1 packet of the store-bought stuff.

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Homemade Mexican seasoning blend in a large jar.

Chicken tacos are a favorite in our household. They’re quick, easy, and the perfect build-your-own meal. You really can’t go wrong!

Save this easy chicken taco seasoning recipe- it’s a great one to tuck away in your pantry so you don’t have to remember to grab a packet of taco seasoning the next time you’re at the store.

We hope you love our smokier, healthier take on chicken taco seasoning! If you give it a try and enjoy it, you can leave a recipe rating or comment below!


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Homemade taco seasoning in a spice jar.

Chicken Taco Seasoning Blend

Yield: 16 Tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This homemade taco seasoning is fast, easy and wholesome. There is a slight smokey flavor from chipotle chili powder that makes this spice blend stand out. It is more than a Mexican spice blend and goes well with any kind of meat.


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon corn starch


  1. Mix the spices together and store in an airtight container. 
  2. Store up to 6 months. 


  • 3 tablespoons of this homemade spice blend is equivalent to 1 package of storebought taco seasoning.
  • You can substitute smoked paprika for the chipotle powder if you want a little less heat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 883mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Chef Mimi

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

I usually just use all of these herbs and spices when I make a dish, but it would be smarter to have the seasoning mixture already prepared!!! Thanks!

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Yes it is nice to have a prepared mix to make prep work a bit quicker, thanks Mimi

John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

This looks great! Not only healthier than the commercial taco seasoning, but a LOT cheaper. Chipotle chile powder for me, please -- I love spicy! :-)

Dahn Boquist

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Thanks John ;)

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