AIP Taco Seasoning (Nightshade-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

AIP Taco Seasoning (Nightshade-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

If you’ve been missing tacos and looking for a good AIP taco seasoning, this recipe is for you! I’ve noticed some other homemade nightshade-free taco seasonings out there that have a lot of ingredients and some of them are hard to find. Plus, many of them just aren't taco-y enough. To be fair, coming up with a taco seasoning recipe without nightshade or seed-based spices is really hard!

I wanted to come up with something that uses common ingredients and not too many ingredients in general. Most importantly, I wanted something that tastes at least close to taco seasoning.

This stuff is bursting with flavor. As will most of my recipes, I had my kids try it and got their seal of approval. I mixed the seasoning up with some ground beef and they scarfed it down, then asked for more. 

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What Spices Are Not Allowed on AIP?

Taco seasoning is a tricky item when it comes to AIP because many of the key spices typically used are not compliant. Nightshade and seed-based spices are not allowed on AIP.

Some non-compliant seasonings and spices include:

  • Allspice
  • Anise Seed
  • Annatto Seed
  • Caraway
  • Cardamom
  • Cayenne
  • Celery Seed
  • Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Chili Powder
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Coriander Seed
  • Cumin Seed
  • Curry Powder
  • Dill Seed
  • FennelSeed
  • Fenugreek
  • Garam Masala
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
  • Poppy Seed
  • Sumac

For a printable PDF of "yes" and "no" AIP foods, including spices, go here.

nightshade free taco seasoning

AIP Taco Seasoning Ingredients

I don’t use marjoram for a lot of things but it was one herb I hadn’t tried in a taco seasoning yet. It turned out to be perfect for this blend

Cilantro isn't the first thing I think of when it comes to taco seasoning, but it just works in this blend.

Garlic powder is in most taco seasonings so I used it here making sure not to overdo it though. 

As with the garlic powder, this needs to be included in the blend but in just the right amount. I didn’t want it to overpower the seasoning mix. 

Turmeric brings warmth to this blend in the absence of nightshades and gives it an orangish tint like real taco seasoning. 

I use pink Himalayan sea salt but any kind is fine. Just make sure it's fine grain.

Tip: For a more even-textured spice blend, you can put this mixture in a spice grinder and pulse it a few times.

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Store this in seasoning in an airtight container at room temp. I like to use small mason jars


I hope you love this recipe. If you tried it, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

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nightshade free taco seasoning
nightshade free taco seasoning

AIP Taco Seasoning (Nightshade-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

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Course: seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: taco seasoning
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Arika | FoodCourage


  • Combine spices in a small bowl and use in recipes as needed.


*The amount of seasoning in this recipe is enough for roughly 2 pounds of ground beef or turkey. 
-Optional- Put the seasoning mix into a spice grinder and pulse a few times for a more uniform texture. 
Store in an airtight container like a mason jar at room temperature. 

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