Ground Beef Seasonings

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This homemade ground beef seasonings recipe is the perfect way to elevate your package of ground beef. A good seasoning blend is the key to making ground beef taste better and is great to use to make the perfect burger, meatballs, and more. In this post we’ll show you how to make a simple mix of a few basic spices to add flavor to your beef.

Wooden spoon with ground beef.


A pound of ground beef can be used to make so many great meals like tacos, chili, hamburgers, casseroles, pasta dishes, and so much more.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Cost – Making your own seasoning mixes at home is very budget friendly. It can be cheaper than buying individual packets at the store.
  • No additives – Making this homemade leaves out all of the additives, fillers, preservatives, and more.
  • Customization – You have control of the amount of seasonings and what goes in the mix.
  • Versatile – This is an all purpose seasoning that can be used for ground beef, ground bison, ground pork, ground turkey, vegetables, and more.

Ingredients needed

This ground beef spice mix uses just a few simple ingredients and can easily be adjusted to taste.

  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Optional – Red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, chili powder
  • Ground beef
Ground beef, bowls of seasonings.

How to make ground beef seasonings

This seasoning recipe makes enough for one pound of ground beef.

Step one: Place all of the seasonings into a bowl. Stir to combine them.

Bowl of seasonings.

Step two: Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Break up the beef while cooking.

Skillet with ground beef.

Step three: Once the ground beef has cooked through, I like to drain off any excess grease. Pour the seasoning mix on the beef and stir to fully combine.

Ground beef with seasonings in a skillet.

Step four: Serve while warm or let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe tips

  • You don’t have to drain the grease. If you prefer your ground beef to have a little extra moisture, you can leave the grease or add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • If you do drain off the grease, make sure to add the seasonings after you drain the grease.
  • Try doubling the recipe to have some for later.
  • If you like your seasonings a little spicer, add a pinch of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or chili powder.

How to use seasoned ground beef

There are countless ways to use this seasoned beef.

  • Use it to add protein to a salad.
  • Place it on top of crispy tater tots to make totchos, or chips for nachos.
  • Mix it in with your favorite marinara sauce for spaghetti.
  • Use the seasoned beef for sloppy joes or tacos.


Seasonings – I like to double or even triple this recipe so I have it on hand. Store any leftovers in a jar or airtight container in a cool dry place. The seasoning should last for up to 6 months.

Seasoned Beef – If you have any leftover beef, let it cool and then store in an airtight container for 3-4 days. I like making a batch of the ground beef and keep it on hand for fast meals through the week.

Skillet with cooked ground beef.

More homemade seasonings

If you enjoy making homemade spice mixes at home, be sure to check out these recipes.

Let me know if you made this all-purpose ground beef seasoning in the comments.

Wooden spoon with ground beef.
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Ground Beef Seasonings

By Heather Seeley
Homemade ground beef seasoning is the secret to making your package of ground beef taste better. A blend of simple spices makes this all purpose ground beef seasoning great for burgers, tacos, meatballs, and more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 teaspoons


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Place all of the seasonings into a bowl. Stir to combine them.
  • Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Break up the beef while cooking.
  • Cook until the beef has browned. Drain off any excess grease. Pour the seasonings on the beef and stir to combine.



Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2337mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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