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Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning

Whether you want one batch or ten, this deliciously flavourful low carb taco seasoning takes only a few moments to throw together.

You'll never need to buy packaged taco mix again after trying this easy Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning. Make a single or large batch to keep on hand!

Ah yes, tacos. Hands of those who fall to tacos when they are short on time or can’t think of anything to make… πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

For me tacos aren’t just ‘oh crap, what about dinner?’ as I’m walking down the grocery isle. My family is always so, so pumped, when I say we are having them for dinner, especially Zoey. She loves to ‘make’ dinner and her favourite meal to make is tacos. So if I ever say out loud ‘what should I make for dinner tonight?’ I almost always hear her little voice pipe up ‘TAH-TOS!!!’

So, once upon a time, I used to buy taco seasoning. In packets. Yeah… that happened… more than once… until I began to actually read the labels on the food I was putting into my body. I couldn’t believe how much crap is in taco seasoning packets! Here is an example of a very popular taco seasoning:

Chili pepper, salt, maltodextrin, spice, onion powder, corn starch, yellow corn flour. Contains less than 2% of: partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), sunflower and/or cottonseed oil, natural flavor, ethoxyquin (preservative).

Pretty bad right? How about, instead, we mix a whole bunch of spices together to create our own homemade low carb taco seasoning?

Let’s do it! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Why it works

  1. Preservative free! This Low Carb Taco Seasoning uses 100% dried spices, making this a much healthier alternative to the store bought stuff.
  2. Easy to make – simply toss it all together for a deliciously easy recipe.
  3. Make a large batch so that all you have to do it grab a couple of spoonfuls from your taco stash to make your dish.
Low Carb Taco Seasoning in a little bowl.

Low Carb Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Well you won’t be needing any maltodextrin, corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide, sunflower and/or cottonseed oil, natural flavor or ethoxyquin. Here is what you will need:

  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cayenne

Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning recipe

So, do you want to make a single batch? Test the flavour before you make a great big batch to keep on hand for all your taco seasoned needs? All you need to do is take whatever quantity you decide on and mix it all up in a bowl. It’s that easy.

When you are ready to make tacos, cook your meat until it’s no longer pink, stir in 2.5 tbsp Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning per pound and mix in about 1/4 c water. Let the taco meat simmer until the water has evaporated and the desired consistency has been reached.

Expert Tips

  1. Make a large batch so that you always have some taco seasoning on hand.
  2. Want your tacos a little sweeter/thicker? Go ahead and add a dash of your low carb sweetener of choice and/or a pinch of xanthan gum right before the tacos have finished cooking.
  3. Keep this seasoning in an air tight container in a cool, dark place like the back of a cupboard – it will last for months if stored properly!

Give the gift of Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning

Wow, you are such a great friend! Going to all that ‘trouble’ to gift your new favourite, ridiculously delish, homemade low carb taco seasoning.

Reality? You spent half an hour and banged out a bunch of jars filled with your new favourite, ridiculously delish, homemade low carb taco seasoning, then tied each with a bow and a ‘for you’ tag. These make an excellent Christmas gift for friends and family!

Boom. Gift giving done from the heart, for less effort and money. #likeaboss

Low Carb Taco Seasoning in a jar, tied with ribbon and a 'to: you, from: me' tag.

4 ways to do low carb tacos

Switch up taco night with these 4 different ways to enjoy Low Carb Tacos using a delicious homemade low carb taco seasoning.

Other ways to use this Low Carb Taco Seasoning

Yes, there are other ways to use this delicious spice blend. Here are some ideas:

  • Making a 7 layer dip? Mix some of this low carb taco seasoning into the sour cream for an extra flavour boost.
  • This delicious Low Carb Hot Bean and Cheese Dip requires some of this delicious low carb taco seasoning.
  • Use as a dry rub for chicken wings! Yup, believe me, delicious! Smother wings in this rub the bake or air fry til crisp. Try sour cream and/or salsa for your wing dip πŸ˜‹
  • Mexican Scrambled Eggs are a pretty dang delicious way to start the day.

Love this recipe? Here are some others you might like:

Instant Pot Low Carb Chicken Taco Soup

Low Carb Baked Chicken Wings with Epic Dry Rub

Keto Butter Chicken

BBQ Roasted Almonds

Low Carb BBQ Sauce

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You'll never need to buy packaged taco mix again after trying this easy Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning. Make a single or large batch to keep on hand!
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5 from 11 votes

Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning

You’ll never need to buy packaged taco mix again after trying this easy Homemade Low Carb Taco Seasoning. Make a single or large batch to keep on hand!
Course Main Course, Spices
Cuisine Canadian, Low Carb, Mexican
Keyword low carb taco seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Calories 15.7kcal
Author Aleta

Ingredients

Single Batch

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Β½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Β½ tsp paprika
  • Β½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Β½ tsp garlic powder
  • ΒΌ tsp onion powder
  • β…› tsp cayenne

Instructions

Equipment Needed

  • Bowl
  • Glass Jar (if making a large batch)

Directions

  • Mix ingredients together and use in your favourite taco recipes! Slide the bar over the serving size over to make a large batch to have on hand.

How to make Tacos

  • Heat a skillet on medium high heat and once hot, add your ground meat. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, then add 2.5 Tbsp homemade low carb taco seasoning per pound of meat. Stir, then add 1/4 cup water and bring to a low simmer. Once the water has reduced, your taco meat is all ready to go!
  • Check out these 4 Ways to Do Low Carb Tacos for taco ideas!

Notes

Expert Tips

  1. Make a large batch so that you always have some taco seasoning on hand.
  2. Want your tacos a little sweeter/thicker? Go ahead and add a dash of your low carb sweetener of choice and/or a pinch of xanthan gum right before the tacos have finished cooking.
  3. Keep this seasoning in an air tight container in a cool, dark place like the back of a cupboard – it will last for months if stored properly!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used. Β 
Deduct the fibre from total carbs to get a net carb value of 1.43 per tbsp.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 15.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.96g | Protein: 0.53g | Fat: 0.57g | Sodium: 820mg | Fiber: 1.53g

30 Comments

  1. I always make my own taco seasoning – and we’re actually eating lower carb right now so this is perfect! It’s definitely making me crave tacos!!

  2. 5 stars
    You have no idea how much taco seasoning we go through in our house! I started making our own a few years ago as the store-bought stuff just has too much sodium! Love the seasonings in this one! Now I want tacos for dinner!

  3. 5 stars
    Love making seasoning blends at home. You can customize it just the way you like. Plus, you can control the salt content.

  4. 5 stars
    For as often as I use taco seasoning, this is a must have in my house! I love homemade over store bought any day.

  5. 5 stars
    Homemade is always better! And this looks like the perfect blend of seasonings for tacos

  6. Kelly Anthony

    5 stars
    This is so perfect. I always forget taco seasoning at the store. Having it at home is a life saver!

  7. Marisa Franca Stewart

    5 stars
    Homemade seasoning blends are the best. I wish I would have had this recipe years ago when I was buying dozens of packets of taco seasoning! You had to be chemist to understand some of the ingredients. I’m going to put the ingredients on my grocery list so I can make my own.

  8. 5 stars
    Oooh, I’ve got to try this sometime! When it comes to spices, homemade is always so much more fun and tasty. πŸ™‚ We use taco seasoning all the time in my house, so I’m sure this will become a staple soon!

  9. 5 stars
    I just made tacos and I couldn’t believe all the ingredients that are included in the packet! For now on, I’m making this homemade version! The last thing I want to feed my family is something that doesn’t need to be added. I love this quick and easy blend!

  10. This is so much better than those packets at the store. Gonna need to make some to have on hand for all our Taco Tuesday!

  11. 5 stars
    I’m with you! I don’t like all those additives added to some brands of seasoning. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. So now you have me thinking twice about buying taco seasoning in packets. I’ll definitely have to give your recipe a shot. Thanks for educating us.

  13. This is perfect! I love the idea of having a ready made jar of spices to pull out of the cabinet. Tacos are definitely a go to staple when we need something quick and this will make it even faster!

  14. 5 stars
    I am saving this recipe, I love homemade spice rubs. Homemade seasonings and spices are always the best. It’s healthier and so much better for your taste buds

  15. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I like to add 1 Tablespoon of tomato paste & Erythritol to taste (I use about 1-2 teaspoons) to this when cooking and it really kicks up the flavor a few notches. We use it for taco salads and it’s one of my favorites!

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