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Keto Taco Seasoning (Easy & Homemade!)

Want to make delicious keto-friendly tacos? It starts with a keto taco seasoning like this one! With only 3g net carbs per serving (which will season an entire pound of meat), you’ll be able to indulge in tasty tacos without blowing your carb macros!

keto taco seasoning in a white bowl on a distressed serving tray

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Did you know that most keto taco seasoning packets contain a ton of carbs? It’s not unusual for a taco seasoning packet to contain 18 to 24 grams of carbs. If you add that to 1lb of beef and eat 1/4 of the resulting mixture, that’s an extra 4.5 to 6 grams of carbs!

The reason for this is most taco seasoning packets are loaded with sugar, flour, and other starchy fillers. Not to mention a bunch of crazy-sounding additives that you really don’t want to eat if you’re trying to stick to a clean diet on keto. (I just found a taco seasoning packet that added caramel color to it… why?! So unnecessary.) In addition, when you make homemade taco seasoning you get the added benefit of the spice cumin. There are many health benefits to cumin, including better digestion and diabetes. 

Thankfully, I’ve come up with an easy homemade Keto Taco Seasoning that only requires a minute or two of your time. Measure your ingredients, add them to a jar, stir and/or shake, and you’re done. Even better, you can season an entire 1lb of meat (beef, chicken, or turkey) with only 3 grams net carbs! Taco night is officially back ON, friends. 🙂

Ingredients in Keto Taco Seasoning

To make this easy keto taco seasoning, you’ll need the following:

  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Plus…

Xanthan Gum

This will thicken your taco seasoning a bit and is used in place of the starchy thickeners used in a lot of storebought taco seasoning mixes.

Swerve Confectioners (optional, but highly recommended)

If you like your taco seasoning with a bit of sweetness (which is what you’ll find in most storebought mixes), you’ll definitely want to add a keto-friendly sweetener.

keto taco seasoning ingredients on a a serving tray

How Do You Like Your Taco Seasoning?

There must be a million different taco seasoning recipes floating out there! The one I’m giving you in this post is a household favorite (with a nice mild flavor — not overly spicy or salty like some recipes), but there is definitely not a “one-size-fits-all” keto taco seasoning recipe.

If you modify this recipe by adding a little bit of this or a little bit of that, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! What did you add to make it your own, and what is the resulting flavor?

How to Use Keto Homemade Taco Seasoning

One serving of this homemade taco seasoning recipe (see the recipe card notes for serving size) is enough to season one pound of ground meat of your choice (beef, turkey, chicken). I follow a “lazy method” when adding taco seasoning; I don’t drain off the fat (especially not for keto!) and I don’t add any water. Here is what I do…

Adding Keto Homemade Taco Seasoning to ground beef: Cook the beef thoroughly, then reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the keto taco seasoning evenly over the ground beef, mix to combine, then allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.

closeup of keto homemade taco seasoning on ground beef in a skillet

Adding Keto Taco Seasoning to ground turkey or ground chicken: Add 1 tbsp oil of choice (e.g., olive oil, beef fat) to a pan, then add ground turkey or chicken. Cook thoroughly, then reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the keto taco seasoning evenly over the ground chicken or turkey, mix to combine, then allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.

How to Serve Your Low Carb Taco Seasoning with Meat

So you have some yummy low carb taco seasoning with meat… now what?! Lettuce wraps are an awesome crunchy option. Load ’em up with your taco favorites:

  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Salsa (just make sure you find a brand that doesn’t add sugar)
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped avocado

Etc… and dig in! (Please ignore my sad cheese “shreds” below… all I had was sliced cheese. You do what you have to do to enjoy tacos, right? 😉 )

keto low carb taco seasoning on tacos inside lettuce wraps

Alternatively, you can also make keto cheese taco shells! These are really easy to make by baking cheese and hanging them over a wooden handle. Learn how to make keto cheese taco shells here.

Happy taco-eating!

Psst – Want another fast keto meal? Check out my comprehensive guide to keto at McDonald’s!

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Homemade Keto Taco Seasoning

Goodbye, taco seasoning packets! This homemade taco seasoning is just as good (if not better), a heck of a lot cheaper, and contains NO added fillers like most taco seasoning packets.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: homemade taco seasoning, low carb taco seasoning
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 31kcal


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (to thicken)
  • 1 teaspoon Swerve Confectioners (optional, but highly recommended)


  • Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Stir or shake well to combine.


One serving of this mixture is enough to season one pound of ground meat of your choice (beef, turkey, chicken).
Each serving is 1 tbsp + scant 2 tsp (or 1 tbsp + 2 tsp if you include the Swerve). For most accurate measurements, weigh all of the seasoning and divide by 3.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Keto Taco Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1659mg72%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1820IU36%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.


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  • I just mixed this up, I haven’t used it yet, but its smells like the real deal. I’m getting stuff ready Winter time. This will be awesome in my chilli

    • Hi Brenda, Awesome!! I hope you love the flavor. I am trying to be blissfully unaware of the fact that winter is fast approaching. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cut back the salt to 1/3 too many mgs . without using sweetner use cinnamon. I used in cili and taco seasonong and makes it sweeter w/o sugars

  • Don’t you add water to the seasoning when you put it in the meat like the taco seasoning packets do. We made this with turkey and that’s dry we had to add a bit of water to it to have moisture what do you say thanks

    • Hi Frances! Did you add the 1 tbsp of oil I mentioned in the post (for turkey and chicken)? That should help along with not draining off any fat after cooking the meat. With high-fat meats, there should be enough oil in the pan to mix with the seasoning. That said, definitely add water if you need it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 5 stars
    I loved this recipe. I did add a bit more cumin, some chipotle chili powder, and a wee bit of cayenne. After browning the hamburger meat, I added tomato paste and water along with the recommended amount of seasoning… just a little at a time. I love having the tube of tomato paste in the fridge for just this kind of need. I will never again buy store made taco seasoning! ( you could probably make a rub for meat with this seasoning and some oil?)

    • Hi Janet, Your version sounds fantastic! I love the idea of adding a little tomato paste. Great idea about using this recipe for a meat rub – I’ll definitely experiment with that soon. Thanks for visiting and trying the recipe!

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