Store-bought taco seasoning mix is loaded with sodium, MSG and other additives that you probably don’t want to think about, let alone eat. So, leave those little spice packets at the store, and start making your own. It’s cheaper, healthier and tastier, too. Here’s how.
Big-Batch Taco Seasoning Recipe
This recipe makes one cup of taco seasoning. That’s enough to season five pounds of meat. In my house that would work out to five taco dinners.
Prep Time: 2 min
6 Tablespoons chili powder (Here’s how to make your own)
3 Tablespoons cumin
1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika
1-1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1-1/2 Tablespoons oregano
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (Here’s how to make your own)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt (optional)
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
What You Do:
Measure out your ingredients.
Mix all the spices together. Go slowly, so you don’t kick up any pepper dust. With all of that chili powder, paprika, crushed red pepper and black pepper that’s a lot of sneeze potential.
Transfer your finished taco seasoning mix to an air-tight container. The recipe has been sized to fit in a half-pint jar, but you’ll probably need to tap the jar on the counter a few times to make room for the last little bit of seasoning.
To Use: Measure out 3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning mix for every pound of meat that you want to season.
Customize the Recipe: My taco seasoning mix is on the mild side, if you prefer more heat, just add more pepper. Watching your sodium intake? Then, cut the amount of salt called for, or skip it all together. One of the great thing about making your own spice mixes is that you can customize them to your needs and tastes.
Want to give homemade taco seasoning mix as a gift? Here’s are free labels that you can use.
They’re sized to fit half-pint jars or spice jars. So, if you want to make a big batch of taco seasoning, and divide it up into smaller spice jars for gift giving, you can certainly do that. I keep all of my empty spice jars for this purpose.
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- 6 Tablespoons chili powder
- 3 Tablespoons cumin
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons oregano
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt (optional)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- Mix all the spices together. Go slowly, so you don’t kick up any pepper dust.
- Transfer your finished taco seasoning mix to an air-tight container. The recipe has been sized to fit in a half-pint jar
- To Use: Measure out 3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning mix for every pound of meat that you want to season.
Small-Batch Taco Seasoning Recipe
Need just enough taco seasoning for one meal, or want to try out my taco seasoning mix before you make a bunch of it? This recipe makes 3 Tablespoons, which is enough to flavor one pound of meat.
3-1/4 teaspoons + 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1-3/4 teaspoons cumin
3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
What You Do:
Mix all the spices together in a small bowl. Store your taco seasoning in an air-tight container, if you don’t plan to use it right away.