February 3, 2023

Whole30 Taco Seasoning

A homemade taco seasoning is a staple you will find yourself using again and again. This is especially true on a Whole30. Many commercially prepared taco seasoning packets are not compatible due to added sugar or preservatives. This taco seasoning is not only sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but it only takes 5 minutes to put together. Better yet, it’s budget-friendly, uses basic spices you might already have or are easy to find and is adjustable to your desired heat level.

Making your own taco seasoning ensures it has no added sugar or unwanted gums and keeps the ingredients super simple. Keep it extra budget-friendly by shopping at a store that with bulk spices bins, allowing you to only buy the amount you need. Plus, you can adjust the red pepper flakes to make it mild or extra hot, depending on how you prefer it! This seasoning has a medium heat level, as written. Leave out the red pepper flakes for a mild taco seasoning. Or double the red pepper flakes to make it hot!

Lets taco ’bout it!

As is, this recipe creates two tablespoons of Whole30 taco seasoning, equal to the amount in a traditional seasoning packet. So, if you make a larger batch, just measure out two tablespoons for each pound of ground meat. This is a great recipe to 3-4x so you have plenty for all your taco-stuffed sweet potatoes, lettuce-wrapped fajitas, and burrito bowls!

Tacos are a fast, less than 30-minute meal — even if you are making this seasoning from scratch. We love taco meat in taco salads with lettuce guacamole, salsa, ranch, and cauliflower rice (tossed with a little lime juice and cilantro) or in a butter lettuce leaf for a taco shell.

Whole30 Taco Seasoning

Whole30 Taco Seasoning
Recipe author: Autumn Michaelis
Made By Whole30Made By Whole30

Whole30 Taco Seasoning

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano optional
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • COMBINE all ingredients. Sprinkle on a pound of ground meat and cook on medium heat until meat is browned, about 10 minutes.
  • STORE in a sealed container in your pantry for up to 6 months.
Autumn Michaelis wearing an apron and holding a bowl of fresh salad smiling at the camera.

Autumn Michaelis

Autumn Michaelis is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, with a B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU. Though exercise was her first love in the health world, nutrition has become her passion. She created the blog Wholefoodfor7, sharing easy and budget-friendly Whole30, Paleo, and gluten-free + dairy-free recipes for families. In August 2022, Autumn released the newest Whole30 Endorsed cookbook, Whole Food for Your Family. She is mom to 5 boys (yes 5!) and when not in the kitchen can be found adventuring, hiking, and tearing up the dance floor.