Taco Bell® copycat taco seasoning.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk onion flakes, flour, beef bouillon, garlic salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and sugar together in a bowl.

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Cook's Note:

This seasoning mix is good to cook with 1 pound of ground beef.

Nutrition Facts

15 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 2.8g 1% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterol 0.1mg; sodium 571.4mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2014
This was very similar to Taco Bell Home Originals seasoning. It did have the same flavor although it wasn't identical, it was close enough to call this a copycat recipe indeed. We actually liked this better than the packaged mix and much better than the take out from the fast food joint. I added this and about a cup of broth to the pan with the raw meat and then broke the beef up to look like a meat soup, then simmered until the liquid was gone. I didn't have boullion granules so I used a cube and changed the garlic salt to plain garlic powder so it wouldn't be too salty. This is mild and while it had some warmth from the cayenne, it isn't spicy at all. We ate tacos, tostadas, and nachos from this for several days and this was fabulous. My husband said this is his favorite taco beef recipe so make this from now on!!! I agree, this is really good and I will be using this now as my go-to taco filling. Thanks for the winner! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2014
This was okay. Only change was to use garlic granules instead of garlic salt. I don't know if it was the mix or if it was because I had to use store-bought meat for a change (we have our own)... or maybe my spices are getting old... but we really didn't taste much of anything. Ended up throwing some diced jalapeno peppers in to give is some kick. Not bad just not knock your socks off. Don't really think it tastes like Taco Bell at all. Thanks so much for recipe tho. Read More
(3)
106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2014
This was very similar to Taco Bell Home Originals seasoning. It did have the same flavor although it wasn't identical, it was close enough to call this a copycat recipe indeed. We actually liked this better than the packaged mix and much better than the take out from the fast food joint. I added this and about a cup of broth to the pan with the raw meat and then broke the beef up to look like a meat soup, then simmered until the liquid was gone. I didn't have boullion granules so I used a cube and changed the garlic salt to plain garlic powder so it wouldn't be too salty. This is mild and while it had some warmth from the cayenne, it isn't spicy at all. We ate tacos, tostadas, and nachos from this for several days and this was fabulous. My husband said this is his favorite taco beef recipe so make this from now on!!! I agree, this is really good and I will be using this now as my go-to taco filling. Thanks for the winner! Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2014
To get the meat be the correct consistency boil the meat in 1 quart of water first.. works everytime.. then add spices.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2014
Family loved it! I think it was spot on! I did double the recipe because I used it on ground deer (which is a bit gamier). Wonderful flavor and I will no longer be buying the taco bell seasonings as I will be using this from now on! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2015
I needed a good taco seasoning, in a pinch, and had all the ingredients on hand. This is a nice spice mix and does seem to have a flavor reminiscent of Taco Bell. For those that found this to be bland, this recipe is only used to season one pound of meat. With that in mind, you will need to allow the meat/spice mixture to simmer, so the flavors can marry and/or use fresh, better quality spices. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2016
I used this for taco meat tonight, and it was very good. It was just a little too salty, so I'll cut back just a bit next time. I'm out of white sugar, so had to use brown sugar. And I only put a sprinkle of cayenne and then a sprinkle of black pepper so it wouldn't be too spicy for my son. My son gave it a thumbs up. *Update- this is my absolute favorite taco seasoning I've found. I make it all the time. I use 1/2 t garlic salt and 1/2 t garlic powder. Perfect! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2014
Worked perfectly in my seven layer dip. Thickened up the taco meat "juice" perfectly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2014
Simple seasoning mix that is a fairly accurate recreation of Taco Bell seasoning. Added olive oil and sriracha and made into a marinade for fajita veggies and beef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2015
Thank you for this recipe! I found it searching for a taco seasoning mix that I could make at home using far less sodium than the pre-packaged blends and this is it! I can easily substitute lower-sodium bouillon and garlic powder for their higher sodium counterparts and life is good. Thanks! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2016
This was really good but it didn't have enough Cumin. I doubled the Cumin and it was perfect. It tasted just like Taco Bell. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2014
This was okay. Only change was to use garlic granules instead of garlic salt. I don't know if it was the mix or if it was because I had to use store-bought meat for a change (we have our own)... or maybe my spices are getting old... but we really didn't taste much of anything. Ended up throwing some diced jalapeno peppers in to give is some kick. Not bad just not knock your socks off. Don't really think it tastes like Taco Bell at all. Thanks so much for recipe tho. Read More
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