Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

homemade chicken taco seasoning

How to season taco chicken? Homemade chicken taco seasoning is so much better than any store bought ones. A few pantry staples and you’re on your way to delicious chicken tacos, nachos, burritos, bowls and salads. 

chicken taco seasoning

Hello Taco Tuesday.

Mexican may just be one of our all time favorite foods. Once or twice a week … or more. It is easy, healthy, convenient, delicious, easy to find ingredients and most importantly spicy <– my favorite.

Be it fajitas, nachos, tacos, quesadillas or even the simplest creamy guac or fire roasted salsa, it’s just too darn delicious. 

There is something about the combination of spices and ingredients makes it so amazingly delicious, right? You will be able to find a huge selection of Mexican recipes out here.

Few of my favorites:

Spicy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn

Spicy Chicken Ranch Quesadilla

Chickpea Taco Meal Prep

chicken taco seasoning

 homemade chicken taco seasoning

If I have to choose one of my favorites from all things Mexican then it will surely be TACOS.

There is something about holding a warm overstuffed tortilla with delicious fillings and garnishes and taking a bite trying to be careful not to make a mess. Sorry forks and spoons, I love ya but hands are magical! 

Chicken, the humble protein is always a staple in my freezer – makes an appearance at least 3 nights a week. It thaws quick and is great in all types of cuisines and cooking methods. 

Few amazing chicken recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice

Instant Pot Pasta with Chicken meat Sauce

Really Good Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwich

Healthyish Baked Chicken Meatballs

As you have guessed by now, chicken tacos are always one of my go-to.  A good chicken taco needs a well seasoned chicken. Store-bought seasoning for chicken tacos are easy but homemade taco seasoning for chicken is cheaper and totally customizable as per your taste —> less spicy / more spicy / less salt / less oniony …….. you get the idea. 

Most importantly, this authentic chicken taco seasoning is really, really GOOD!!

chicken taco seasoning

What is Chicken Taco Seasoning made of?

A combination of amazing spices like

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

It is all about the right spices and in perfect proportion.

Though the name suggests that this easy taco seasoning recipe is for chicken, it is delicious with chickpeas —> Chickpea Taco Meal Prep

The best part about this chicken and taco seasoning is that you can make a huge batch and store for whenever you need instead of having to make a fresh batch every time. 

If you are anything like us, then your pantry might be already stocked with an array of Mexican spices.

Homemade chicken seasoning is mostly the basics – salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, coriander powder, cumin powder, paprika. The only spice that you might not have is the Mexican oregano. This chicken seasoning for tacos will still be delicious without it. 

This basic homemade chicken taco seasoning mix recipe is so good sprinkled even on eggs. Try it next time in scrambled eggs / omelettes. 

Click here  for more chicken recipes.

This authentic taco seasoning for chicken is used to make this all purpose spicy taco chicken.

It is so good in Spicy chicken quesadilla, salads, bowls, burritos and seasoned chicken tacos.

How to season chicken for tacos? 

  1. Make spices for Mexican chicken
  2. Rub boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts plus couple of teaspoons of vegetable oil. Let sit for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. Grill or cook in a cast iron skillet on both sides <— seasoned chicken for tacos
  3. Alternatively, chop boneless chicken into bite size pieces. Cook in cast iron pan with vegetable oil and best taco seasoning for chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through <—easy chicken taco meat

Some of my favorites Mexican recipes include – 

Mexican Spiced Chicken for tacos, burritos, quesadillas or salads  

Chickpea Taco Meal Prep Bowls 

Avocado Jalapeno Crema 

Spicy Chicken Ranch Quesadillas 

Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep 

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice 

Cilantro lime sauce

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3.83 from 153 votes

Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

Homemade chicken taco seasoning is so much better than any store bought ones. A few pantry staples and you're on your way to delicious chicken tacos/nachos/burritos/salads.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Maria Doss



  • Stir all ingredients together. 
  • (This recipe is delicious with chickpeas as well. Check out Chickpea Taco Bowl)


This measurement of seasoning is just perfect for one pound (or 453 grams) ground chicken

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  1. 5 stars
    I don’t normally leave replies but I wanted to let you know, this seasoning blend it outstanding. Well balanced and rich in the center. As a professional chef I loved it.

  2. Sorry, when this first appeared on my screen for some reasons the measurements did not appear. I see them now so my earlier question regarding measurements can be ignored. Sorry about that.

  3. 4 stars
    I thought this was delicious! The only alteration I will make next time is I will cut the salt down quite a bit. I found that the salt was the first thing I tasted.

  4. First time I’ve cooked with Taco spice. Used it on a Keto Mexican chicken thigh recipe. It was truly wonderfully delicious!!!

  5. 5 stars
    My favorite Mexican seasoning. My wife is sensitive to the preservatives in the packets and this is the perfect alternative

  6. 5 stars
    Had to come back to leave a review. After our grocery store stopped carrying McCormick Chicken taco seasoning I panicked as it was a staple. I looked up online how to make CHICKEN taco seasoning and came across this. It was so good and so much better than McCormick! We add 1.5-2lbs of boneless chicken thighs to the crock pot. Then we add 1/2 cup of water, a minced garlic clove, and a can of total diced tomatoes. Cook on high for 4 hours and then shred. Serve with flour tortillas, Monterey Jack cheese, white diced onion, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, and serve refried beans and Mexican style rice on the side. Don’t forget the guacamole. Best. Dinner. Ever.

    1. Hi Rochelle, Ground coriander is one of the main ingredient in this recipe. Dried cilantro might not work exactly the same way, however it might also not be a bad substitute, Maria

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