An easy recipe for taco seasoning

Chicken Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning

Simple to make and less expensive than storebought taco seasoning blends!
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 335 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


For the taco seasoning:

  • 3 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

For the tacos:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
  • water
  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 avocados peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups lettuce shredded


  1. Make the seasoning:
  2. Mix all spices together in a little glass jar. You can double the recipe if you want to, just keep it sealed so it stays fresh!
  3. Make the tacos: Place the chicken breasts in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and cover with water, or chicken broth if you prefer.

  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until cooked through…about 20 minutes. Check the temperature in the middle of the breasts, it should reach 170 degrees.
  5. Let the chicken cool, then drain most of the liquid out of the pan. Shred the chicken and place back in the pan. Add the tomato paste or ketchup, (if I don’t have tomato paste, I just use ketchup, it works in a pinch!). Add your seasoning…I start with about 1 1/2 tablespoons and go from there, adding more as needed.
  6. Heat through, and add more water if the chicken seems too dry. Once it’s heated through and seasoned to your liking, spoon into shells and add your toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 624mg27%
Potassium 873mg25%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 12.6mg15%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.