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Chicken Taco Seasoning

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Learn how to make your own Chicken Taco Seasoning at home in 5 minutes using only wholesome spices, no sugar, and no additives.

Plus, this homemade taco seasoning is also gluten-free!

Learn how to make your own Chicken Taco Seasoning at home in 5 minutes using only wholesome spices, no sugar, and no additives.

It’s amazing how many staple recipes you can make at home in 5 minutes and store for ages, starting with your homemade taco seasoning mix.

I have nothing against store-bought packets of taco seasoning. However, they are usually very expensive and sometimes contain too much chili to my liking.

What’s Chicken Taco Seasoning ?

Most taco spice blends from the store are made for beef, and while they do work very well for chicken, they are often too spicy.

Chicken seasoning is closer to fajita seasoning and contains more cumin and less chili.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Taco Seasoning mix is delicious, and also:

  • Cheaper than store-bought alternatives
  • Gluten-Free
  • Can be used for 9 pounds of meat!
  • Perfect as an Old El Paso taco seasoning alternative.
Learn how to make your own Chicken Taco Seasoning at home in 5 minutes using only wholesome spices, no sugar, and no additives.

How To Make This Chicken Taco Seasoning Mix

You won’t believe how quickly and easily you can make the best taco seasoning for ground chicken or chicken breast.

If you have never tried making this before, you should start making your own now because the flavors are simply amazing and perfect to season any Mexican meat, vegetables, or dish.

All you need to make this Mexican seasoning mix are a few basic dried spices that bring out all the Mexican flavors on your plate when combined in a small bowl.


Let’s see all the ingredients you need to start this taco seasoning recipe for chicken and the different swaps you can make to create different flavors based on your taste buds.

  • Chili powder – this is the base spice of all good taco seasoning mixes. You can halve the amount if you don’t like your mix too spicy. Also, if you are not in the US, chili powder can be way spicier, so watch out! If you like your seasoning spicy, you can also try my Carne Asada Seasoning.
  • Paprika and Smoked Paprika for a smoky flavor. The combo of both is bursting with flavors! If you’ve never tried smoked paprika, it is time to buy this magical spice. It gives a BBQ grill flavor to any food. So delicious!
  • Cumin
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried cilantro – some people don’t appreciate the flavor of this herb, so you can replace it with dried oregano or parsley if preferred.
  • Salt – For a low-sodium alternative, try my Low Sodium Taco Seasoning.
  • Pepper – You can use ground black pepper or cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes. Don’t add if you don’t like a spicy mix!
Chicken Taco Seasoning

Making Flavorsome Taco Spice Mix

This recipe is pretty straightforward and takes only 5 minutes to make as you have to add all these ingredients into a glass jar or a mixing bowl, close it, and shake it!

The order in which you add the ingredients doesn’t matter. However, it is important to make your mix a few hours ahead to give time for the flavors to blend.

In fact, the taco seasoning will get more intense in flavors day after day, releasing the most delicious taco flavors to your dish.

Chicken Taco Seasoning

Using Chicken Taco Seasoning

You can use this taco seasoning to make any chicken tacos, ground chicken, boneless skinless chicken thighs, or chicken breast.

Add two tablespoons of the mix per pound (500 grams) of meat or vegetables, and cook with 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

For a spicier taste, you can use up to three tablespoons of taco seasoning per pound of meat, but it will be hot!

First, warm oil in a saucepan, then fry the ground chicken or chicken strips and add the spices halfway.

The best chicken to make chicken tacos are ground chicken, chicken tenderloins, or chicken strips from chicken breast.

It’s a delicious recipe for chicken that you add to taco salads, enchiladas or vegan enchiladas, or tacos.

However, for vegetarian tacos, you can use this seasoning with vegetables, like sliced mushrooms, black beans, or cauliflower rice.

Storage Instructions

My homemade taco seasoning mix doesn’t contain additives like the ones from your local stores, but it doesn’t mean you can’t store this for ages!

The key is to store the spices in an air-sealed glass jar in a cool, dark place in your kitchen. The pantry is your best bet for storing dried ground spices.

However, if you live in a hot and humid area, it is more recommended storing your spices in the fridge.

This gluten-free taco seasoning mix will last for anywhere from 6 months to 1 year in the pantry. You can also place it in small packets.

Packets of taco seasoning can last even longer if they are air-tight, free of air, and if you drop one of these moisture-absorbing bags in it.

After six months, the flavor may change and fade, but since the recipe makes 18 servings, you will probably have used it all up within six months.

Who doesn’t eat tacos at least 3 times a month, right?

Learn how to make your own Chicken Taco Seasoning at home in 5 minutes using only wholesome spices, no sugar, and no additives.

More Taco-Night Recipes

You can use this seasoning mix to make my taco-stuffed avocado or with any grilled meat that you roll in my different taco shells or tortillas recipes.

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Chicken Taco Seasoning

0.5gNet Carbs
Learn how to make your own Chicken Taco Seasoning at home in 5 minutes using only wholesome spices, no sugar, and no additives.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Yield: 12 servings (2 tbps.)
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
5 from 241 votes


  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • ½ tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
  • teaspoon Cayenne Pepper or red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
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  • Add all the spices into a glass mason jar, close, and shake to combine.


  • Use to season any chicken pieces: chicken tenderloins, boneless chicken thighs, chicken breast, or ground chicken. Use 2 tablespoons of mix per pound of meat and 1/2 cup of chicken stock.


  • Store in the pantry for up to 1 year.

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Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Yield: 12 servings (2 tbps.)
Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 4.7kcalCarbohydrates: 0.9gFiber: 0.4g (2%)Net Carbs: 0.5gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 395.8mg (17%)Potassium: 26.6mg (1%)Sugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 241IU (5%)Vitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 8.4mg (1%)Iron: 0.4mg (2%)Magnesium: 3.2mg (1%)Zinc: 0.1mg (1%)
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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this taco seasoning this morning to use on the SweetashoneyMexican Omelette. The taco seasoning was great! Highly recommend it. Can’t wait to try it for tacos!


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