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Homemade Steak Taco Seasoning

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This homemade steak taco seasoning recipe perfectly seasons meat to make flavorful steak tacos! It's an easy to pull together spice rub with a little heat and a great depth of flavor.

You'll probably already have all these spices in your pantry, and you can pull this spice blend together in less than five minutes and make the best steak tacos.

Steak taco seasoning on a small white plate with a silver spoon.

Use this blend for your next taco night - it can be used on any type of steak. I often use it for my flank steak tacos and skirt steak tacos.

If you want to make something similar to carne asada, you can add some olive oil to the spices to make a simple marinade and marinate your meat before grilling.

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Spices for steak taco seasoning blend on a small white plate.
  • Paprika
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Dried Oregano 
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Black Pepper

See the recipe card for quantities.


Combine all the spices in a small bowl and stir till incorporated.

Use the spice blend on at least one pound of steak (it can stretch to cover up to 2 pounds of steak).

Seasoned flank steak on a black cutting board.

Grill, bake, or sauté your steak. Allow steak to rest before slicing or chopping into small pieces and adding to a warm tortilla.

Add you favorite toppings to your tacos like fresh pico de gallo, chopped avocado, red onions, corn salsa, sour cream, crumbly cotija cheese, or a squeeze of lime juice.

Flank steak tacos with chopped onion and avocado topping on a white plate.

Tips for Making this Recipe

Spice Tips - Store your spices in a cool, dark cabinet - preferably as far away from heat sources as possible. If you keep your spices in a cabinet next to the oven, stove, or other appliance that heats up, it can degrade the spices more quickly.

Type of Steak - you can make any cut of meat work for steak tacos if you cook it till tender and chop it, but I would definitely recommend using either flank steak or skirt steak. They are thinner cuts of meat that cook quickly and are reasonably priced.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Less Spicy - swap the chili powder for red pepper flakes if you'd like a little less spice.
  • More Spicy - add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper if you want more heat.
  • Sweetness - if you want a sweeter blend, add ½ teaspoon of brown sugar as well.


The homemade taco seasoning will keep for up to 3 months when stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.

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Yield: 4 teaspoons

Steak Taco Seasoning Blend

Spices for steak taco seasoning blend on a small white plate.

This flavorful steak taco seasoning blend makes the best steak tacos! You only need a few spices to make the most flavorful dry rub.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


  1. Combine the paprika, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, sea salt, dried oregano, onion powder, and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Use the seasoning blend on 1 to 2 pounds of steak as a dry rub.
  3. Cook meat till tender and allow it to rest before slicing or chopping and adding to tacos.

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