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Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make this large batch homemade taco seasoning to keep in your pantry. Easy to make and much better for you than store-bought.

Homemade Taco Seasoning (Large Batch)

I already have a recipe for homemade taco seasoning on my blog, it’s actually my most popular recipe. I usually quadruple the batch when I make it so that I have a jar ready to go at all times. I use it not only for tacos, but also for enchiladas and all sorts of other things. It’s very versatile and a great thing to have on hand. Lower in sodium than the store-bought variety, and all ingredients that you probably have on hand–and bonus–that you can pronounce. Go figure.


Another great thing about this large batch taco seasoning is that it is great for gifting. Perfect for you friends and family that love to cook. Slap a cute label on a cute jar and you’re good to go. I gave a bunch of this away and everyone loved it. Or at least that is what they told me.


Instead of making you do the math to double or triple the recipe, I did it for you (per reader request!). You’re welcome. I hate math too, so I understand your hesitancy. I made TEN TIMES the amount in the original recipe. This makes over two cups of taco seasoning. That’s a whole lotta taco Tuesdays, my friends. Approximately 11 taco Tuesdays. Yup, I did more math for you. That’s how much I love you. You can stretch it even further if you don’t like your tacos too spicy. This mix does have a bit of a kick to it so you’ll have to play around a little to decide how much you want to add to your taco meat.


My daughter loved helping me measure out all the spices for this recipe. “Me do! Me do! Me do!” She’s obsessed. Drives me completely nuts but I love every minute of the insanity.




Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning

Yield: 1 and 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Homemade Taco Seasoning with no MSG or additives. 100% natural and delicious. Make this large batch so that you'll have extra to keep on hand!


  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2.5 teaspoons oregano
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt (more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper


  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. (Or you can mix it together in the container you are going to store it in–just give it a shake.)
  2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of this mixture plus 1/2 cup of water to one pound of cooked meat (of your choice). Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until there is very little liquid left in the pan.

Note: You may also add 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour to the pound of cooked meat to thicken up the mixture.



Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning - no MSG or additives - ALL NATURAL! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com - you probably already have all the ingredients!
Make this large batch homemade taco seasoning to keep in your pantry. Easy to make and much better for you than store-bought. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!
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65 Responses to “Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — March 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I always just Google when I need to know the mix, now I have this one! Thanks 🙂

  2. Cas — March 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I always keep homemade seasoning in my pantry. I much prefer it over store-bought. I love the big batch!

  3. Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — March 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Cooking with kids is fun isn’t it?! Definitely forces me to be more patient!
    I need to make up a batch of this. I usually just make a little when I need it but it would be so much easier to make a batch up.

  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I love homemade taco seasoning…I keep it on hand all the time. I much prefer it over store-bought. I love this big batch!

  5. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I’m with Cassie! I LOVE homemade taco seasoning, it’s easy and tastes so much better. Great post Rachel!

  6. Andrea — March 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I usually make my own taco seasoning myself also but now I don’t have to figure out the for making a large batch! Thank you!!! (I hate math too!)

  7. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    YUM! I love any excuse to break out the taco seasoning! All the better homemade. 🙂

  8. sarah k @ the pajama chef — March 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

    homemade taco seasoning is SO good. i’ll have to compare this to the version i use. 🙂

  9. Sues — March 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I love that taco seasoning is your most popular recipe! I love making my own and have no idea why I’ve never thought to make a big batch and just keep it in my spice cabinet. Thanks for doing the math!! 🙂

    p.s. I LOVE your measuring spoons 🙂

  10. Karly — March 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    As a math hater, I love this! 🙂 And I have those measuring spoons too. So fun!

  11. Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} — March 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    My hubs will love this recipe! I’d kill for a taco right now. 😉

    • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} — March 30th, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

      Thanks for inspiring us to make tacos! It was a hit!!!! I’m so happy to not be using the seasoning packets anymore (yuck). 😉

  12. Carla @ Carla's Confections — March 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I love this! I make tacos all the time, and always use the store bought stuff. But I have been wanting to make it homemade for so long. Now I really need to!!!

  13. Nutmeg Nanny — March 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    This is great! I love using homemade alternatives to the “simpler” prepackaged items on the shelves 🙂

  14. Megan {CountryCleaver} — March 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I just bought a packet of seasoning for $1 at the store – that’s for one use! What a waste. I’m so going to be making this! Taco Tuesday is so a thing at our house. You’re my hero Rachel.

  15. Maureen — March 26, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I have been wanting to make this for ages. We buy it at the store and it’s always so salty or “bleh” that I say I’m going to make our own and still haven’t done it. Thanks!

  16. carrian — March 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    You have no idea how many times I’ve realized I don’t have taco seasoning so we change dinner plans. I’m totally making your big batch and sticking it in a mason jar.

  17. Kim Beaulieu — March 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Great recipe Rachel. I love homemade seasoning. Yours sounds like perfection to me. I love the shot with the seasoning overflowing on the wooden spoon. Brilliant photo.

  18. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride — April 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Love finding recipes for making my own kitchen staples! This is great.

  19. jocelyn — April 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I’m not a spicy fan but I love love love tacos. How can I make this mild instead of spicy?

    • Rachel Gurk — April 12th, 2013 @ 8:34 am

      I’d leave out the red pepper flakes and then just use less of the mixture. Maybe start with 1 T per pound of meat and if you want a little more flavor, add a bit more.

  20. Lorayne — April 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you. I am gluten/wheat and dairy free and have lots of trouble finding a safe taco mix. I made this today and it was a big hit!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 24th, 2013 @ 7:59 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know–it means the world to me!

  21. Tishness — May 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    love this seasoning first time making taco mix and we loved it Thank You!!!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 28th, 2013 @ 7:17 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! One of our favorites.

  22. mary — July 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    i made this as written…. and oh my… way way way too much salt….next time i will leave the salt out all together and just salt the meat to taste….

  23. Whoa Nellie! — July 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks foe the awesome seasoning recipe. I did take a few liberties since my girls don’t eat tacos but they like an Okinawan spin on it: taco rice. I used Spanish-style paprika which is a “hot” paprika, a teaspoon of roasted cumin in addition to the regular cumin, a tablespoon of tomato paste (per lb of meat) and the juice from half of a navel orange (per lb of meat). Yeah, quite a few liberties, but my little girls loved this served over rice with a good handful of Mexican-blend shredded cheese.

    • Rachel Gurk — July 14th, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

      Sounds great! Recipes are made to be modified 🙂

  24. Lindsay — July 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I’m sitting here looking for a great looking taco recipe, when I come across this – which looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it! However, the whole time, I’m going to be honest, I just kept going back to your measuring spoons and thinking about how cute they are and how badly I want some that are that cute!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 23rd, 2013 @ 9:59 am

      Haha! I don’t blame you, I’m a little obsessed with them myself. They’re from Anthropologie…you know…in case you want to treat yourself. 🙂

  25. MARY BECK — September 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm


    • Rachel Gurk — September 13th, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      Thanks Mary! Glad you like the recipes 🙂

  26. Lisa — January 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I made this today and put 2 tablespoons into 700gm of mince and it was sooooooo spicy!!! No one below mentions that the mix is spicy!!

    • Rachel Gurk — January 2nd, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

      It can be spicy but you can always cut back on how much you add to your meat. Hopefully you can find your happy medium!

  27. Liza — January 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    There are a few mistakes in your large batch recipe. If you are multiplying by 10, the paprika should be 5 teaspoons, your salt 5-10 teaspoons, and the pepper 10 teaspoons or 1 1/2 tablespoons.

    • Rachel Gurk — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

      Thank you! Good catch. I was pregnant when I wrote that post — let’s blame this on pregnancy brain and it will be our little secret. 🙂

  28. Erin — March 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Great big batch recipe. I think I’m gonna go a step further and record weights next time I mix it up so I can use one bowl and one or no spoons.

    • Rachel Gurk — March 7th, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

      Great idea!

  29. Rin — April 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

    A little late to the game, but I wanted to thank you for this recipe. I’ve been trying out different versions of taco seasoning, wanting to get away from the packaged stuff, and none got my tasting committee’s approval. Yours knocked it out of the park- no leftovers. So, I’m making up the larger batch & deleting “taco mix pkt” from my grocery app. Thank you, again!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 1st, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

      So happy to hear it! Thanks for the comment.

  30. Alexandria — October 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve been using your recipe for months now, I only just saw this link. Thanks for doing the math for me! Love- an avid math hater.

    • Rachel Gurk — October 13th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

      High-five for hating math! Ick. 😉 Glad you like the recipe!

  31. Susie — December 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I made the small batch for our tacos tonight. It was a little spicy for the little ones but I think if I had sour cream it would have been fine. As I scrolled through the comments I saw tips for making it more mild I will definitely try next time! 🙂

  32. John — February 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    You indicate the yield for the large batch is over 2 cups but the most I see is 1.25 cups based on the ingredients. I see 16 teaspoons which is close to 5 tablespoons. I see 7 more tablespoons which gets me to 12 tablespoons which equals 3/4 cups. I see 1/2 cup. Brings me to 1 1/4 cups, not two. Am I missing something?

    • Rachel Gurk — February 14th, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

      Sorry about that JR. I’m calculating 1 1/2 cups so you’re right, I was mistaken. Of course I’m taking pain pills for a tooth extraction right now so I could still be off! Thanks for catching that!

  33. amy — January 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    tastes very similar to McCormick brand. wonderful!!!

    • Rachel Gurk — February 3rd, 2016 @ 8:55 am

      Thanks! I hope you love it!


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