Perry’s Plate Taco Seasoning


I use taco seasoning quite a bit. After looking at the ingredients of store-bought packets and noticing spice combinations of mexican/southwestern dishes that I make, I came up with my own version. I like it because it has a lower salt content than most store-bought brands, no fillers, and doesn’t have MSG. (Some brands don’t have this anyway. Nice job!)

If you scan the list of ingredients and think, “What the. . . cocoa?!” I’m not crazy, I promise — cocoa is no stranger to Mexican cooking. It makes the flavors richer, but it doesn’t make your tacos taste like chocolate, I promise. You can use this blend in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning, and it turns out just as good, if not better, than a taco seasoning packet.

Oh, and it’s cheaper this way. I made a big bottle of it for a lot less than spending $1+ per packet. Gotta love frugality.

I’ll be posting my favorite “throw anything in” burrito recipe soon! It might be tricky because I usually just “throw anything in,” and it turns out a little different each time. I love that kind of flexibility. Ok, back to the recipe…

Print Print

Perry's Plate Taco Seasoning


To make about the equivalent of one seasoning packet (3-4 T):
1 T flour
1 T chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. coriander

To make about one cup or 4-5 packets worth of seasoning:
1/4 c flour
1/4 c chili powder
4 tsp cumin
4 tsp oregano
4 tsp cocoa
4 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp coriander


Combine all well and store in an airtight container. Use 3-4 T of seasoning plus about 1/3-1/2 c water to season about 1 lb of ground meat for tacos. (Depending on how strong and saucy you like it.)

Nat's Notes:
1. If you don't have coriander, it won't be the end of the world.
2. If you want it spicier, add more cayenne.
3. To make it gluten-free, substitute the flour for 2 T of cornstarch. You can leave it out entirely if you want. Just use less seasoning when you take the flour out because it's more concentrated that way.

from Perry's Plate

  Pin It

20 Responses to “Perry’s Plate Taco Seasoning”

  1. #
    Kurtis — November 2, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

    I’m so excited to try this. It seems like more and more recipes that we want to make lately call for Taco Seasoning, and I’ve run into two problems. One, all seasonings are not created equal, and I’m not sure which kind we like best…I usually go for the cheapest one, which brings me to my next point. I can’t stand to spend $1.00 for a seasoning that will only last one meal. Your recipe has solved both of my dilemmas and is sure to make my husband very happy. He loves anything Mexican, and now he won’t have to sit and wait in front of the spices at the grocery store while I debate about which packet to buy. Thanks again! ~Lindsey


  2. #
    Natalie — November 3, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    Hi Lindsey,

    I wanted to stop by your blog to say thanks, but your profile is protected, so I don’t have any way of reaching you other than my own post :)

    I had the exact problems you had. I hated using an entire packet of seasoning for one meal that sometimes costed over a dollar. It seemed like such a waste to me. :) I hope you like this!


  3. #
    Angel — November 11, 2008 @ 12:17 am

    Thank you so much! I received the cutest little bottle of your taco seasoning today! I cant wait to try it!


  4. #
    Natalie — November 11, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    I’m glad it made it to you, Angel! I’d love to hear how it turns out!


  5. #
    MindySue — August 24, 2010 @ 3:19 am

    Tried this one tonight! Yum. My girls loved the "secret" ingredient!


  6. #
    Natalie @ Perrys' Plate — August 27, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    MindySue – I'm sure they did. I can imagine kids would be more enthusiastic about dinner if they knew they were eating chocolate. :)


  7. #
    Sarah — October 29, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I used your recipe in our super-delicious burritos. I'm ashamed to say that I had to omit the cocoa (we just moved and I don't have the money to buy ALL the different spices just now). But! It still tasted great. One of the "taste-testers" was very impressed and commented specifically on the meat spices. Your help with our burritos was much appreciated :-)


  8. #
    Natalie @ Perrys' Plate — October 31, 2010 @ 12:53 am

    Sarah – Don't be ashamed! I'm sure it was delicious without the cocoa. I do like the richness in flavor it offers, though. I'm glad that your taste-testers liked it, too! Thanks for letting me know :)


  9. #
    Kristin — October 12, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    This looks wonderful! I'm trying this soon. :)


  10. Pingback: Uh, yeah… | twokidsandonedog

  11. #
    Renee — February 1, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    I use this ALL THE TIME now! Thank you!!!! I love being able to customize it to our tastes because store-bought ones are either not spicy enough or too spicy. And Iove the addition of the cocoa powder!


    • Natalie replied: — February 1st, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

      You’re so welcome Renee! I’m glad you like it :)

  12. Pingback: Lauren's Latest » My Favorite Turkey Taco Meat {Healthy!}

  13. Pingback: Perry's Plate: Dishing up real-food recipes and really good desserts » How to Make Coconut Milk (It’s easy, really.)

  14. #
    Liz — April 16, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    Thank you so much. It’s always better to make your own.


  15. Pingback: Perry's Plate: Progressively Paleo Recipes » Seasoning for Sweet Potato Fries (and other things)

  16. #
    Penny — June 6, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Is the 2 tb of corn starch to replace the flour in the one packet recipe, or the larger recipe?
    Thank you!


    • Natalie Perry replied: — June 6th, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

      Hi Penny, I should have made that more clear! It’s to use in the larger recipe. When replacing small amounts of cornstarch with flour, you use half of the amount of cornstarch.

  17. Pingback: Perry's Plate: Progressively Paleo Recipes Quick Black Bean and Green Chile Soup » Perry's Plate: Progressively Paleo Recipes

  18. Pingback: Perry's Plate Homemade Thai Spice Blend » Perry's Plate

Leave a Comment