Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning – VIDEO

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

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!

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  • 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.

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  1. We eat lots and lots of tacos in my house and I was buying the big container from Sams Club…..Now I won’t have to…I can make my own….One question….How can I make this low sodium

  2. Thank you! I usually buy a large container of taco seasoning but ran out recently and have been unable to find any – 4 trips to different grocery stores and no luck – and I’m not going to pay for individual packages! I was sure that there must be recipes online and here I am. :) I don’t have any cumin but I think I will try the single batch without it to see what my family thinks and then perhaps go get some. Thank you again!

  3. Made this again today.  Love the big batch idea! I actually like to double the recipe! 

    Rating: 4.5
  4. Okay, love the seasoning but the bit about knowing what’s in your food. …what is in the “chili powder”? Did I miss a recipe here?

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  6. tastes very similar to McCormick brand. wonderful!!!

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  9. 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?

    • 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!

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  13. 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! :)

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  15. 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.

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  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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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  29. 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!

  30. 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.

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

  36. 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!

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

    • 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.

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. This is great! I love using homemade alternatives to the “simpler” prepackaged items on the shelves :)

  44. 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!!!

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

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

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

  47. 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 :)

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

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

  50. 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!)

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

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

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

  55. I always just Google when I need to know the mix, now I have this one! Thanks :)

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