Homemade Low Sodium Taco Seasoning

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This Homemade Low Sodium Taco Seasoning recipe will have you hooked on making your own taco seasoning once you see how EASY it is! Make a big batch and use it to spice up your favorite taco recipes! It takes just a few minutes to throw together and will keep for up to a year! So what are you waiting for?! Taco Tuesday is calling!

Spices for homemade low sodium taco seasoning on a plate being mixed with a white spatula.

Taco night has got to be one of my FAVORITE dinner nights! While I love to mix it up with delicious taco recipes like these Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tacos or these Spicy Ground Pork Tacos, some of my favorite tacos are just good old hard shell, ground beef tacos or these delicious ground chicken baked tacos.

I used low-sodium taco seasoning from the packet for YEARS (I always thought the “full” sodium seasoning was way too salty!)…until I found myself buying packet after packet every single week! I discovered it was so much EASIER, cost-effective, and healthier to make my own taco seasoning blend!

Once you have made taco seasoning homemade, and make my super easy taco recipe (with a secret ingredient), you’ll be hooked!


  • The perfect blend of spices-– NO compromising flavor when you lower the sodium.
  • SO MUCH less sodium than typical store-bought low sodium taco seasoning packets.
  • Excellent option if you are watching your sodium intake, but still want to enjoy perfectly seasoned tacos!
  • Zero “fillers” that most taco seasoning packets have (such as maltodextrin, corn starch and silicon dioxide).
  • The heat level can be easily adjusted up or down for the perfect amount of spice!


You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Low Sodium HomemadeTaco Seasoning Recipe:

All the separate spices for the low sodium taco seasoning on a plate.


Chili Powder: Note that most chili powder does contain a little sodium, so keep that in mind. If you are on a strict low sodium diet, they do sell no-sodium chili powder as well.

Red Pepper Flakes: These are totally optional. The chili powder gives the seasoning a bit of heat, but it’s very mild. If you want a spicier version, add in the red pepper flakes.

Smoked Paprika: The smokey taste is just KILLER in this taco seasoning! You can use regular sweet paprika, but if you CAN, opt for smoked paprika–it’s SO good!


Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Not many steps in this recipe! Just combine all of your ingredients, then store in an airtight container! Voila! Done!

Spices for homemade low sodium taco seasoning on a plate being mixed with a white spatula.


  • This low sodium taco seasoning recipe makes enough to season about a pound of ground meat. I suggest doubling, tripling this recipe, or even quadrupling this recipe and storing it so you always have it on hand!

If there is a certain spice you like more than the others, feel free to add more of that! The beauty of cooking at home is you get the adjust the flavors to your personal preferences!


  • In a jar: My favorite way to mix AND store this DIY taco seasoning is in a little mason jar, Just combine all the spices in the jar, and give it a good shake. It will keep in the airtight jar for up to a year!

  • In a plastic baggie: If you know you’ll be using the taco seasoning within a couple of weeks, you can just store it in a plastic zip-top bag.


How many tablespoons of taco seasoning are in a typical package of taco seasoning you buy at the store?

The typical 1 oz (28g) package of taco seasoning you buy at the grocery store, contains 4 tablespoons of seasoning.

How much of this homemade low sodium taco seasoning do I need to season one pound of meat?

You only need about two tablespoons of this taco seasoning to season one pound of ground beef or turkey (or ground meat of choice!). I wrote the recipe to include a bit more than two tablespoons, so you can add more based on your preference!

How does the sodium in this homemade low sodium recipe compare to a seasoning packet?

This homemade low-sodium taco seasoning recipe has so much less sodium than even a low-sodium seasoning packet.

An entire package of a typical low-sodium taco seasoning (which is what you need to season 1 lb. of meat), contains roughly 1,500 mg of sodium. This homemade version contains just over 1,000 mg. Note: this is for the ENTIRE seasoning recipe and the ENTIRE packet of taco seasoning, not per serving so don’t be alarmed! 🙂

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I hope you love this Low Sodium Taco Seasoning! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Low Sodium Taco Seasoning

This Homemade Low Sodium Taco Seasoning recipe will have you hooked on making your own taco seasoning once you see how EASY it is! Make a big batch and use it to spice up your favorite taco recipes! It takes just a few minutes to throw together and will keep for up to a year! So what are you waiting for?! Taco Tuesday is calling!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Calories 8 kcal


  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder (chipotle chili powder would be delish, too!) no salt, if possible (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano regular oregano or Mexican oregano both work great
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Use right away or pour into an air-tight container and store in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.
  • Use two tablespoons of the homemade spice mix to season one pound of taco meat. I always add 1/2 cup of low sodium beef broth to my taco meat along with another SECRET ingredient that makes the absolute BEST homemade tacos! You can get that super easy recipe here: How to Cook Taco Meat With Taco Seasoning.


Note 1: Some chili powder can contain sodium, so be on the lookout for that if you are specifically trying to control your sodium intake. You CAN find no sodium chili powder, too. For this recipe (nutritional info included below), I used regular store-brand (Safeway) chili powder.
Note 2:  This recipe makes just over 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning. I typically use 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat. There is a tiny bit leftover so you can adjust the seasoning to your taste! You can use a lot less homemade taco seasoning to season your taco meat vs. the store-bought packet because it doesn’t contain any fillers such as maltodextrin or corn starch or silicon dioxide. 
Nutrition information is only an estimate. Info is based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator.
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Calories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 1.6gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.3gSodium: 167mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.3gCalcium: 9mg
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  1. This is a very good seasoning recipe, but I don’t think it is low in sodium. Though the whole recipe makes just over 2 tablespoons of seasoning you put in 1/2 teaspoon of salt, this would be anywhere from 880-1100 mg of sodium. If you use a low sodium salt it would still be 590 of sodium. I don’t understand where you get the 2 tablespoons are only 160mg in sodium.

    1. Hi, I noted 2 tbsp of seasoning would season 1 lb of meat. So the numbers are based on 1lb. of meat=4 servings. You wouldn’t eat the entire 2tbsp of seasoning unless you ate the entire pound of meat 🙂 Hope that makes sense. Most store-brand taco seasonings have 400+ ml of sodium in 2 tbsp, just for reference.

  2. 5 stars
    Awesome! thanks for this easy recipe. I like making spice blends because I usually already have all the spices anyways.

  3. 5 stars
    This worked perfectly for our burrito bowls last night. I had all of these seasonings on hand too! I made a double batch and have leftover for another meal (or two.)