Taco Meat: What Seasoning Are Used

Taco Tuesday will forever be a tradition that will go down in history passed down from generation to generation for eternity. Tacos are a fan favorite across the globe because of the convenience, deliciousness, and versatility. There are many different ingredients that can go in tacos but often people overlook the cornerstone of tacos- the meat and more importantly the seasoning used to create the indulging and comforting handheld taco!

First, let’s discuss the types of tacos there are to choose from and we’re not just talking about toppings. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the meat fillings that go inside the tacos. There most common options include: 

  • Ground beef
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Barbacoa 
  • Fish
  • Steak
  • Ground Turkey 

And for the non-meat eaters, tofu is a great option too. The best part about all these taco meat options is they go perfectly with the traditional taco seasoning. Whether you typically buy store-bought taco seasoning or make your own, it’s safe to say you can’t make tacos without the iconic seasoning. Have you ever wondered what makes up the perfectly balance taco seasoning? We wondered, we researched, and we conquered! Meaning we have the main ingredients used to make the seasoning used in taco meat

Chili Powder 

Chili powder is the base of this seasoning. It offers the slightest bit of heat without overpowering the flavor. It’s most commonly compared to a smoke paprika taste. This is the ingredient that gives taco meat it’s a beautiful reddish color. 

Garlic Powder 

Who doesn’t love garlic? And believe it or not, but you don’t have to like garlic powder. The majority of all-purpose seasonings you find in the store include garlic powder as it’s first, second, or third ingredient. That’s how good it is! A taco mean seasoning wouldn’t be the same without this ingredient. 

Dried Oregano 

Just like garlic, dried oregano is a common household seasoning. It brings a sense of freshness to the dish through the aromatic scents of mint, must, and hay. That may not sounds all that appetizing, but it balances out the spice flavor in the chili better than you could imagine. Trust us, this isn’t an ingredient you want to miss when making taco meat. 


Most people associate taco seasoning with chili seasoning, but it’s actually the cumin flavor that gives the meat the signature taco flavor. Cumin is derived from a seed that is found within a fruit- pretty interesting, right? If there was one ingredient you had to skip out on when making taco seasoning, this isn’t the one. It would take away from the expected taco seasoning taste. 

Crushed Red Pepper 

Crushed rep pepper can sound intimidating, but when used sparingly it actually brings out a really great flavor. Of course, if you add too much it can definitely add a lot of heat to the dish. For some people that may be great, but for others, it may not be what they’re looking for. Considering adding in the crushed red pepper as needed. Don’t overdo it because you can always add more, but you can’t take out the red pepper flakes when it’s all mixed together. 

Whether you prefer to buy the taco seasoning from the store or make it at home, they both have just about the same ingredients. Taco meat seasoning is universally loved by many and so easy to make at home. If you’re making taco seasoning at home, consider making enough to fill up a jar or container so that anytime you need it, it’s already prepped and ready to go for a quick meal. 



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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