This chicken taco seasoning is incredibly flavorful! It takes only a few minutes to make. Add this seasoning to shredded chicken, beef, steak, shrimp, vegetables and more. It adds the best spicy flavor to tacos, enchiladas, salads, fajitas and other dishes. This homemade taco seasoning blend is way better than store bought!

Chicken taco seasoning.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This homemade chicken taco seasoning takes less than 5 minutes.
  • It is great for any Mexican dish.
  • Add it to meat and vegetables.
  • This tastes way better than store bought seasoning.
  • Great with tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, nachos, steak and more.
  • This seasoning is also great in soups, casseroles or on Mexican Potatoes.
  • It is very versatile.
  • Most store bought brands contain added sugar. This version is sugar free.
  • Store this seasoning for up to 6 months.
  • This recipe is Whole30 compliant, vegan, Paleo, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, nut free and sugar free.
  • Check out this Cajun Seasoning for another delicious recipe.
  • Great on these Baked Chicken Thighs!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for chicken taco seasoning. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Cumin adds a classic taco flavor.

Chili powder adds some spice. Feel free to add slightly more or less depending on your preferred spice level.

Garlic powder adds a great garlicky flavor.

Paprika adds more flavor and spice. Again, feel free to add more or reduce amounts.

Onion powder helps balance out the other strong flavors.

Both black pepper and sea salt add a classic flavor to this homemade seasoning.

Oregano adds an unexpected but delicious flavor.

Lastly, red pepper flakes add a lot of spice. For a more mild flavor, omit. For very spicy, add more.

Spices on white plate.

Taste & Texture

This homemade seasoning for chicken tacos is bold, spicy and so flavorful. It tastes like a restaurant and instantly adds flavor to any dish. This recipe is not overly spicy. Feel free to adjust spice amounts as needed.

The texture is like a seasoning mix.

How to Make

Step 1

First, add all ingredients to a bowl.

Step 2

Mix everything together.

Spicy seasonings with spoon.

Step 3

Lastly, store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Adjust amounts of spices to suit your taste.

This recipe is very forgiving and customizable.

Red pepper flakes are very spicy. Add slowly to the mixture. Add more if needed.

This seasoning goes well with crockpot shredded chicken.

Keep this seasoning in an airtight container. This helps it stay fresh and flavorful.

Spice Uses

This homemade taco seasoning for chicken has many uses.

Add it to chicken breast for extra flavor. Check out this Mexican Chicken Marinade too!

Use in on ground beef or ground chicken in taco salad.

Use it as a seasoning for steak.

This seasoning is great for soups and stews.

Add it to potatoes or French fries.

Great with tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, queso and nachos.

This seasoning also tastes great with shrimp.

Chicken with taco spice.

How to Serve & Store

Serve this chicken taco seasoning with meat or vegetables.

It can be used in soups, casseroles, and any Mexican dish.

Store in an airtight container. It keeps well for up to 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between taco seasoning and chicken taco seasoning?

Taco seasoning and chicken taco seasoning are very similar. This recipe can be used for tacos and vice versa. Chicken seasoning is usually a bit more mild.

Does taco seasoning taste good on chicken?

Taco seasoning tastes great on chicken!

Is taco seasoning the same for beef and chicken?

Beef seasoning is typically more spicy than chicken seasoning. They can be used interchangeably though.

Does this work as a rub?

Yes! This works well as a rub for chicken or other meat.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten free as written. It is Whole30 approved, vegan, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, nut free and sugar free.

Spicy Mexican chicken.

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Chicken taco seasoning.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Taco Seasoning

This chicken taco seasoning is quick, easy, healthy and incredibly flavorful! It works well on chicken, beef, pork, vegetables and shrimp. Add it to tacos, burritos, salad and enchiladas. This homemade seasoning is made without added sugar!
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  • First, add all ingredients to a bowl.
  • Mix together.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


  • Feel free to adjust amounts of spices and seasonings to suit your taste.
  • Red pepper flakes are optional.  They add a lot of spice.
  • Add this seasoning mixture to any meat.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Calories: 20kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Sodium: 347mg, Potassium: 112mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 1008IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 2mg

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