Salt-Free Taco Seasoning

Here’s the simple truth: Any homemade taco seasoning is going to be much healthier than those store-bought packets. Those packets contain preservatives, anti-caking agents, and other non-spice ingredients to prolong their shelf-life. So if you’re looking for a typical homemade taco spice mix, take a look at our traditional recipe here.

salt-free taco seasoning
Salt-free taco seasoning, in a bowl

Now this recipe takes things a step further by also removing the salt for those that are watching their salt intake. Instead of salt, we add a touch of cinnamon to the mix. It provides a little extra earthiness and sweetness to the taco seasoning, which is quite tasty! Use it as you would any other taco spice mix.

And if you prefer things a little milder, try ancho powder instead of cayenne in the recipe. It leans into the sweetness and is a heck of a lot milder.

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salt-free taco seasoning

Salt-Free Taco Seasoning

Earthy and a little sweet…
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 5 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon. paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Use immediately, or store in an airtight container away from sunlight for future use.


Looking for a less spicy salt-free taco seasoning? Try using ancho powder instead of cayenne pepper powder. Ancho peppers are very mild compared to cayenne. Note, they do have an earthy, slightly sweet flavor – this actually pairs quite well with the inclusion of cinnamon in the recipe.


Calories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 206IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 14, 2023 to include new content.
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