Spice/ Tex Mex

Ground Beef Taco Seasoning

November 18, 2018 (Last Updated: July 27, 2019)

There’s nothing more satisfying than using a homemade taco mix and thankfully it couldn’t be easier to create. This ground beef taco seasoning is definitely a keeper!

9/10 times if I’m having tacos, it’s gonna be ground beef. It’s all too tempting to pick up one of those DIY taco kits you find in the supermarkets for beef tacos, but I’m here today to offer my two cents on why homemade is the best way. Follow me.

Small bowl with taco seasoning surrounded by measuring spoons

It wasn’t too long ago that I uploaded my Homemade Fajita Mix, and it got me thinking how different a taco seasoning would be to create. Before we get into that, let’s firstly see what ingredients you’ll need for a homemade taco seasoning.

Ground Beef Taco Seasoning Ingredients

  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch/Cornflour
  • Salt & Black Pepper

What is the difference between fajita and taco seasoning?

This article on the differences between fajita and taco seasoning sums things up perfectly. In essence, they’re both very similar, but fajita seasoning tends to be more acidic (to mimic the taste of lime) and taco seasoning tends to have more of a tomato flavour.

The differences I have made between the two is firstly to add slightly more onion powder in the taco seasoning. This is because I’ll almost always add fried onions to my fajitas and quesadillas, but rarely add them to my ground beef for tacos.

Secondly I add a little sugar, just to make a sweeter distinction from the fajita seasoning, which like I said tends to be more acidic.

Lastly, I add a little cornstarch/cornflour to my ground beef taco seasoning. I don’t know about you, but for me there’s nothing worse than dry beef taco meat. As such, adding a little liquid and a bit of cornstarch will create a glossy gravy, which’ll coat the beef and keep it saucy. 

How to make Taco Mince - 4 step by step photos

How to use Taco Seasoning with Ground Beef

  1. Brown off the mince and add seasoning.
  2. Fry tomato puree for a minute or so.
  3. Pour in beef stock or water.
  4. Add cornstarch and simmer to thicken.

And that’s it! Simple right?

Taco Seasoning with Cornstarch

If I’m adding cornstarch I’ll pour in about 3/4 cup of liquid to 1/2 tsp cornstarch. 

You can actually use the seasoning without cornstarch, in which case I’d just use your liquid as needed. Around 1/4 cup should stop the beef from drying out.

What to use Taco Seasoning for besides tacos

Beef tacos on a wooden board covered in garnishes such as lime, coriander and tomatoes

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How to make Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef (Full Recipe & Video)

Small bowl with taco seasoning surrounded by measuring spoons

Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef

There's nothing more satisfying than using a homemade taco mix and thankfully it couldn't be easier to create. This ground beef taco seasoning is definitely a keeper!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 3 tbsp
Calories: 68kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Cornflour/Cornstarch (see notes)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • Combine and store in an airtight jar until needed. This should produce ~3 tbsp of seasoning which I use for 1lb/500g of ground beef.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Taco seasoning with Cornstarch - if you're like me, there's nothing worse than dry taco meat. So what I tend to do is add some liquid and a little cornstarch to create a glossy kind of gravy to coat the mince.ย 
b) Check out my Homemade Ground Beef Tacos!
c) Calories - based on the whole amount (using cornstarch and sugar)


Nutrition Facts
Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef
Amount Per Serving (3 tbsp)
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.8g3%
Saturated Fat 0.231g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.604g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.713g
Sodium 2341mg98%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 13.58g5%
Fiber 3.5g14%
Sugar 3.17g4%
Protein 2.44g5%
Vitamin A 5800IU116%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    5 stars
    So easy and more budget friendly to make your own. Love it!

    • Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Demeter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    5 stars
    This seasoning sounds like the best blend, I can imagine the spices and the aroma, wow! Sign me up for this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      Haha, it is rather tasty if I do say so myself

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    April 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, this sounds like such a delicious seasoning! Definitely going to be trying this.

    • Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Bintu! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! This sounds like a perfect blend of seasoning. Iโ€™ll definitely try this next Taco Tuesday!

    • Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    April 18, 2019 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    i totally would like to try making this. I need to start making my own spice blends and this is the perfect place to start!

    • Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      It’s so great to have on hand!

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