Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe, easy DIY taco seasoning at home to use for beef, pork, chicken, or fish and seafood tacos. Great substitute for taco seasoning packets that can be made diet friendly such as gluten-free, Keto and low carb, Paleo and clean eating.
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Ever make homemade spice mixes? You won’t believe how easy it is how to make taco seasoning at home. Quick and easy! This Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is ready in just a few minutes. You can use it for a variety of tacos like beef, chicken, fish or seafood, pork, and even vegetarian. Make this taco seasoning mix at home and the best part is that it won’t have MSG, chemicals, or other unknown ingredients.
You can make this garlic herb homemade taco seasoning mix, and add or change some of the spices for your or your family’s personal preferences. If Garlic Herb is not your thing, check out my other homemade taco seasoning mix recipes:
Homemade taco seasoning comes together in no time, including this Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning. You can make this easy Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning in less than 5 minutes. Just be sure you have all the spices and ingredients you need ahead of time. There are quite a few spices in homemade taco seasonings so just double-check what you need.
I generally use dry spices for my homemade taco seasonings, but you can use fresh herbs. I like to use dried spices so I can store my mixes in the cupboard for a while. When using fresh herbs, you’d have to use the taco seasoning fairly quickly.
What is in Taco Seasoning?
If you’re wondering what’s in taco seasoning, it can vary a lot. This garlic herb taco seasoning recipe isn’t that garlic herb but you can make it more or less garlic herb depending on what you like.
You can use a variety of herbs and spices in homemade taco seasoning. Some popular options include: chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, ancho chile, Mexican oregano, cumin, crushed red pepper flakes, chipotle pepper, coriander, cilantro, citrus zest (orange, lemon, or lime), chives, salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
I don’t suggest using ALL of the suggested ingredients at the same time. Just mix and match with your favorites. Most taco seasonings start with a lot of chile powder then add from there.
This Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning is all natural, so that means no MSG, no additives, and no other ingredients you’ve never heard of. All dried herbs and spices and some cornstarch if you choose to thicken the liquid with the taco meat. So can make clean eating no problem!
Homemade taco seasoning is also gluten-free and can easily be made salt-free. Or you can just reduce the salt if you’re concerned about sodium.
So as I already mentioned, you can use fresh herbs and adjust the quantities as you’d like. However, you’ll need to use the taco seasoning right away or store in the fridge for a few days. If you make a big batch with dried spices you can store in your cupboard for a few months.
How to Make Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning?
Once you have all your spices and ingredients together, mix everything in a bowl. That’s it! For this Garlic Herb Taco Seasoning, you’ll need chile powder, corn starch, garlic powder, cilantro, Mexican oregano, salt, onion powder, cumin, and black pepper.
You can add more or less garlic if you really like garlic! If you want a more spicy seasoning, add a little cayenne pepper.
I like to put a little cornstarch in my homemade taco seasoning mixes so that the liquid thickens up. You can also substitute another thickener or something like corn meal, corn flour, and/or flour for taste and also to thicken a little. If you’re on a specific diet like gluten-free, low carb, keto, and/or clean eating, just be careful what you add to your taco seasonings.
The recipe below for this Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning, makes about 4 tablespoons of taco mix. That will be enough for about 1-2 pounds of ground meat such as beef or chicken. You may need to adjust a little for different types of meat or to your personal preference.
Cook your meat or vegetables, drain off any fat, then add the taco seasoning and about 2/3 cup of water. You can adjust the amount of water and seasoning for your family. I’d start off with a little water and seasoning and go from there.
To start, I’d recommend making the Garlic Herb Taco Seasoning as I have it written then adjust the spices and quantities as needed. I added quantities for a large batch version in the notes section of the recipe as well if you want to make a large amount and save for a while.
You can use this Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning for a wide range of recipes. Of course you can use it like a taco seasoning packet and use it for making tacos. you can also use the seasoning to sprinkle over dishes like Mexican rice, sandwiches, salad dressings, and anything else you can come up with.
Not a fan of garlic or not sure about garlic herb? Be sure to visit my other taco seasoning recipes for other flavor ideas.
Hope you enjoy this Garlic Herb Taco Seasoning Mix recipe!
Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning
Garlic Herb Homemade Taco Seasoning, an easy DIY taco seasoning mix that you can make in 5 minutes!
- 5 teaspoons chile powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Choose a flavor and size batch. Mix ingredients in bowl until well combined then place in covered container. Store in cupboard for 3-6 months.
For tacos, add 2-4 tablespoons of seasoning to 1 pound of cooked ground meat (drained of excess fat) in a pan over medium-high heat. Add 2/3 cup of water and let simmer about 10-20 minutes.
SNAPPY TIPS: For best results use recently purchased or new dried herbs and spices. Older herbs and spices will not have as much flavor.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Adjust ingredients as desired for your family's personal preference. For a salt-free version, omit salt from any recipe.
For larger batch (makes about 2 cups)
- 3/4 cup + 4 teaspoons chile powder
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon black pepper