The Basics: Big Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning
Learn how to make a big batch of homemade taco seasoning with pantry ingredients! There’s no need to buy those tiny taco seasoning packets that are loaded with salt and fillers anymore! Make a large batch at home and use it for all your taco recipes!
Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP for homemade taco seasoning?
Also, I’M BACK! My mini vacay has come to an end *sad face*. Whamp. Whamp. But I will say, it was relaxing and much needed. There is just so much to do, see, and eat in Denver! 6 days just weren’t enough. If you follow me on Instagram you know I was bombarding your feed with a bajillion pictures of the Rocky’s. Truth be told, I could spend another week hiking and I still wouldn’t be able to get over the it’s splendor and glory. We’re already planning a second trip back.
But now I just really need you to *RAISE THE ROOF* for homemade taco seasoning! And more importantly, being able to control the amount of sodium and spice that goes into your taco seasoning.
I know i’m kinda stating the obvious here but not all taco seasonings are created equal. Some are super spicy while others have way too much salt. And some seasonings even contain mystery ingredients that are completely unnecessary! Can you tell i’m insanely passionate about this? Am I totally being a dork about this or what?
I love knowing exactly what goes into my food, don’t you?
Making homemade taco seasoning in large batches isn’t difficult at all. You just grab a bowl and 7 stable spices along with salt and pepper. That’s it! Also, this seasoning will last you forever and it’s totally customizable to your personal preference! Watching your sodium intake? Leave the salt out completely. Need to make it less spicy for the kiddos? Use mild chili powder.
I like to make a big batch of this seasoning (sometimes 2 or 3x bigger) and share with my younger sister. She’s living on her own for college and uses simple seasonings for her weekly meal prep. And this homemade taco seasoning becomes taco lettuce cups, taco salad, and sometimes a big sprinkle of seasoning finds its way into creamy chicken pasta for a more southwestern flair.
What you need for homemade taco seasoning:
- chili powder
- cumin powder
- smoked paprika (sweet paprika works too)
- dried oregano leaves
- red pepper flakes
- garlic powder
- dried onion flakes (or dried minced onions)
- salt and pepper
Pantry staples right?
This makes enough to season about 8 pounds of meat. You can use 2-3 tablespoons per pound or even more if you like it spicier. The batch can even be made larger by simply doubling or tripling the recipe!
- 1/2 cup chili powder (use mild, medium, or hot)
- 3 tablespoons cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon EACH: salt AND black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes (or minced onion)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (use more or less to taste)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
- If you can't find dried onion flakes or minced onion, you can substitute it with 2 teaspoons of onion powder. This makes enough to season about 8 pounds of meat. You can use 2-3 tablespoons per pound or even more if you like it spicier. The batch can even be made larger by simply doubling or tripling the recipe!