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Keto Taco Seasoning

Tacos are a staple in our house and this keto taco seasoning is the perfect way to season them. This recipe is perfect for ground beef, turkey, or chicken.

keto taco seasoning in glass jar.

Surely I’m not the only one out there that would be happy to eat some form of Mexican food every day of the week?

I mean, what’s not to love about those bold flavors?

I’ve always just used a packet of taco seasoning when making taco meat, but in the last year or two I’ve switched over to homemade and oh my gosh, you guys. It is so much better. (We’ve even started making our own keto enchilada sauce!)

Fresher, more flavorful, and no maltodextrin, corn starch, sugar, or other crazy ingredients. <— Yes, the packets have some weird stuff in them!


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Like Costco, this is a membership site, but we find that it’s more than worth it based on the amount we save over the regular grocery store.

They have monthly or yearly plans. Check it out here.

Uses for homemade taco seasoning:

This keto taco seasoning recipe makes enough spice mix for 4 pounds of ground meat. Brown your beef, chicken, or turkey and drain the grease. Season with 3 tablespoons of this spice mix along with 2 tablespoons of water. Stir to coat the meat, simmer away excess liquid, and serve it up!

There are so many ways to use this homemade taco seasoning, beyond just seasoning a pound of ground beef though.

Swap the taco seasoning packet in my taco stuffed mini peppers with this mix instead.

Skip the spice mix on these keto chicken fajitas, taco skillet, and Mexican meatballs and use 2-3 tablespoons of this mix instead.

Season chicken with this spice mix (a tablespoon per pound, or to taste) for our baked salsa chicken, enchilada pizza, and hasselback chicken fajitas.

homemade taco seasoning recipe on spoon.


We store this spice mixture in a 4 or 8 ounce mason jar, tightly covered, in our spice cabinet. Feel free to double (or more) the batch and store in larger jars.

It will be good for 6 months and beyond, depending on the freshness of your spices.

The mix should be safe to eat for a year or longer, but the flavor will start to fade after time.

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Keto Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is so much more flavorful, fresh, and healthier than the packets of mix. This recipe yields enough for 4 pounds of taco meat. You'll want to 3 tablespoons of the spice mix per pound of ground beef, chicken, or turkey.

Yield 12 tablespoons
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoons cayenne, to taste


  1. Add all of the spices to a small jar and shake well to combine.
  2. Store tightly covered in your spice cabinet.
  3. Use 3 tablespoons per 1 pound of ground + 2 tablespoons of water to make taco meat.


Feel free to adjust the spices to your tastes. We use closer to 1 teaspoon of cayenne for spicier tacos. Chipotle powder is a nice swap from cayenne as it adds a little heat with a bit of a smoky flavor.

Regular paprika may be swapped for smoked paprika.

Mexican oregano is preferred to regular, but both work.

Nutrition Information: We calculated this based on using 3 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of beef. We then divided that into 4 servings. Each serving is about 2 1/4 teaspoons of seasoning.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 1/4 teaspoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 853mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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11 thoughts on “Keto Taco Seasoning”

  1. Made this and will never buy one of those packets at the the grocery store. TY for this!

  2. Thank you so much for a fantastic taco seasoning recipe! I don’t like the packets at the store that have extra junk in them. For me this recipe for seasoning was not too salty at all and I’m very picky and sensitive to salt. If you are sensitive to salt just adjust the amount indicated to your own taste and add more as you see fit.

    Thank you Karly!! ❤️

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m so glad this seasoning blend worked for you, Lisa! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Diane Watson

    I too found it way too salty. I will have to tame down the amount per pound of beef to use up what I have left. And then adjust the amount for any future batches.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. It comes out to 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt per pound of beef as it’s written, but you could easily reduce that down next time.

  4. Wesley Kelly

    Just gave it a try. Not a real cook, so it’s possible my substituting coarse sea salt was the problem, but with two tablespoons of salt it was so salty we couldn’t eat it it. I might have to try again with 2 teaspoons.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that Wesley! It comes out to just 1 1/2 teaspoons per pound of meat that you season, which shouldn’t be super salty. But you can definitely adjust it down to suit your tastes. 🙂

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