Homemade Taco Seasoning {large batch}

by Rachel Gurk on March 25, 2013 · 48 comments

in Sauces/Spices/Spreads

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.

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Another great thing about having a large batch of this 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.

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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.


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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.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning {large batch}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon

Serving Size: 2-3 tablespoons per pound of meat

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/03/25/homemade-taco-seasoning-large-batch/

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

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 :)

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!)

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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. :)

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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. :)

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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 :)

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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!

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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. ;)

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12 Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} March 30, 2013 at 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). ;)

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13 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!!!

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14 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 :)

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15 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.

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16 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!

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17 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.

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18 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.

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19 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride April 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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

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20 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?

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21 Rachel Gurk April 12, 2013 at 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.

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22 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!

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23 Rachel Gurk April 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

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

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24 Tishness May 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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

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25 Rachel Gurk May 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

So glad you enjoyed it! One of our favorites.

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26 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….

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27 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.

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28 Rachel Gurk July 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Sounds great! Recipes are made to be modified :)

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29 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!

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30 Rachel Gurk July 23, 2013 at 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. :)

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31 MARY BECK September 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE RICEPES I LOVE THEM THERE GREAT!!!!!!!

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32 Rachel Gurk September 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Thanks Mary! Glad you like the recipes :)

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33 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!!

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34 Rachel Gurk January 2, 2014 at 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!

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35 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.

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36 Rachel Gurk January 20, 2014 at 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. :)

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37 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.

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38 Rachel Gurk March 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Great idea!

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39 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!

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40 Rachel Gurk April 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

So happy to hear it! Thanks for the comment.

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