Mexican Recipes Kids Can Make: Homemade Taco Seasoning

Mexican Recipes Kids Can Make: Homemade Taco Seasoning

mexican recipes kids can make

My family loves Taco Night! It’s quick, easy, and one of the few meals that all four of us can agree on. I try to always keep our pantry and fridge stocked with taco supplies for whenever I need a throw-together meal.

One evening, I was all set to make tacos and realized that I didn’t have any taco seasoning. It occurred to me that I probably already had everything I needed to make homemade taco seasoning in my spice rack. So I hopped online and found out what spices are usually included in pre-packaged taco seasoning mix. I had them all – I combined them and it turned out great! Here’s the mix that my family likes. You can adjust it to suit your own tastes. My kids like their foods a bit spicy – if yours have more sensitive palates, you may want to cut back on the chili powder and red pepper.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl.

mexican recipes kids can make

Your homemade taco seasoning will be ready to go in just minutes! Once the meat for your tacos is browned or fully cooked, add the seasoning directly to the meat. I like to start with 2 teaspoons and then add more to taste. Slowly add water to the pan and bring the meat to a simmer until it’s saucy and seasoned just the way you like it!

My kids love to help by measuring and stirring the spices. It’s a great sensory activity, too – you can let your kids smell, taste, and feel the different textures of each spice. I like to double this recipe so that I always have some on hand – just be sure to store it in an airtight container.

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  1. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    This is great! For the longest time I’ve been meaning and wanting to come up with a recipe / formula to make my own Taco Seasoning Mix – and voila! Here’s one even a child can make!

    Seriously – this is just what I needed and the timing is spot on too. My Honey/Hubby LOVES Mexican food (me too!) and he really appreciate it if we have “Taco Night” once a week. It’s so easy to just open a supermarket packet, tear it open and go. But I have two problems with that:

    1. I;ve read the list of ingredients – and it is an all around turn off between an overdose of sodium, lots of artificial ingredients and scary sounding chemicals/preservatives.
    2. Adding insult to injury – once you’ve had real authentic homemade Mexican food (cooked from scratch) the prepared packaged stuff just plain does NOT taste good. To me it tastes both stale and artificial.

    So I really look forward to trying this kid tested recipe. I’m sure I will tweak it to match our own personal tastes – but I do appreciate both the “template” recipe and the swift kick in the butt that I needed to finally get creative and make my own. THANKS!

    • Sharon says

      Thanks – let me know what you think! 🙂 I haven’t used the store bought stuff since I figured out how to make it on my own.

  2. Colleen says

    I’ll have to try this as soon as my store bought stuff runs out, which may be a while cause I bought the big one at GFS. I know I like to whip up my own Salad Supreme when I need it. Spice mixes are so pricey!!!! Thanks for the tip Gwen! Miss you and your mom!

  3. Debbie Hickmon says

    I went out and got the stuff for my granddaughter to make when she stays with me this weekend. She loves to cook and when she stays the night with me, it gives her the perfect chance. Thanks for the posts, i printed all of your recipes.

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