Homemade Taco Seasoning and Turkey Tacos

I’m finally coming out of my sinus sickness from hell.

This means I can taste and enjoy food again. I mean, not that my waistline probably didn’t mind a little fasting from that whole not being hungry while sick thing, but I know I’m ready to be done with it.

Now that I’m back to my craving my favorite foods, it’s time to share with the world one of the most craveable foods I can think of:  tacos.

Making your own homemade taco seasoning is easy. It’s just a matter of measuring out a few spices and throwing them together.

Want less salt? Add less. Like it spicier? Add more cayenne, and so on.

Those seasoning packets you can buy at the store are garbage. Total, complete, salty, preservative-ridden garbage.

Not that I have strong opinions about this or anything…

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Makes about 3/4 cup, or enough for approx. 3 lbs. ground meat

1/2 cup chili powder
1 1/2 Tbs. garlic powder
2 Tbs. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
1 1/2 Tbs. kosher salt
2 tsp. dried oregano

Mix all the spices together and store in an air-tight container.

If you double or triple the recipe for the taco seasoning, stick it in an air-tight container and keep it handy, you’re no more than 20 minutes away from a darn tasty taco meal.

A couple weeks ago, my friend Meguire stopped by on a Friday night for a surprise visit (which I love).

A surprise visitor for dinner? No problem. It was turkey taco time.

I whipped up a batch of the taco seasoning and made some of my favorite baked Mexican rice.

Add more seasoning to amp up the flavor of your choice of taco meat. It works just as well with ground beef, ground chicken, tofu, or whatever you like to stick in a tortilla.

Grab yourself a Corona and give it a try!

Ground Turkey Tacos

1 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 to 1/2 cup homemade taco seasoning (recipe above)
6 ounces tomato paste
3 ounces water
Toppings, such as grated cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, and/or sour cream

Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add onions and saute until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add ground turkey and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the ground turkey is no longer pink.

Stir in 1/4 cup of the spices and cook for about 1 minute.

Stir in the tomato paste and water. Cook for another minute until heated through.

Taste the meat mixture. If it tastes like it needs more flavor, add the additional 1/4 of taco seasoning and stir to combine.

Serve in a flour tortilla with sliced avocado, tomato, sour cream and cheddar cheese for a burrito, or in a crunchy taco shell or small corn tortilla with toppings for tacos.


Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 23


  1. Posted March 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    Oh, I’m in love with turkey tacos to the point that I don’t think I’ll ever use ground beef again. The taco seasoning recipe I use is very similar to yours, and I got it from allrecipes.com. I love making my own seasoning, too. I make my own hard tacos too. YUM! Great recipe. I need to try adding tomato paste like you did.

  2. Posted March 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    I just looked at their recipe, and it is very similar, except for a few ingredients. Did you use their recipe that calls for corn starch? I don’t find that it needs it if you use tomato paste, which thickens it nicely. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Trista
    Posted April 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM | Permalink

    Where did you find a glass jar like that with the cork lid?

  4. Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    Trista, I got them at a local store. They say “100 percent recycled glass” on the front, if that helps you find them!

  5. karla
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

    Very good. Couldn’t even tell it was turkey

  6. Tatian
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

    These were very, very good. Any time you can make turkey not taste like turkey, you’re doing something right. Also really easy to make. Thank you!

  7. curt
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 7:09 PM | Permalink

    very salty. Maybe cut that down a bit. Tastes like turkey chile on a taco shell with vegies.
    Not fresh tasting like I expected it would be.
    I give it a 5.5 out of 10

  8. Linda jones
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

    Awful!! Waste of 1lb of turkey!!!! 3oz of water – not nearly enough!! Just gross!!!

  9. Alexa
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:37 PM | Permalink

    Tacos were looking and smelling delicious… And then I added the tomato paste. Made them more like chili. Would make them again, just 86 the tomato paste!

  10. Tina
    Posted September 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    What clean tortilla shells have you found?

  11. Posted September 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    Hi Tina,
    I haven’t — this recipe was written before I went paleo. Thanks!

  12. Tony
    Posted October 4, 2015 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    I just made this, and this is my new go to taco recipe, My family ate it all. Thanks!!!!

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