The Difference B/W Taco & Chili Seasoning Mixes

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The Seasonings

Although it is simple to distinguish between taco and chili seasoning mixes based on their labels, you may not be aware of the distinctions between the two.

Spice Blends Will Tell

With a deeper look at each of the spice blends' constituents, you may more easily discern when to use each outside of their designated recipes.

Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is a versatile combination of spices meant to bring a zesty flavor to tacos and other foods.


Typically, chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper are combined to create this seasoning.

The base

Taco seasoning's foundation is chili powder, which is a dried, ground chili pepper combination.

Chili Seasoning

Chili seasoning, on the other hand, is designed expressly for chili con carne, a Tex-Mex cuisine consisting of spiced meat (typically beef), tomatoes, and beans.

The Base

Similar to taco seasoning, chili seasoning often consists of chili powder, ground cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder.

The Difference

The addition of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and ground paprika marginally differentiates chili spice.

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