Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Yields: Approximately 1 cup (equivalent to roughly 12 standard store-bought taco seasoning packets)


  • 1/2 cup chili powder: Use mild, medium, or hot depending on your desired spice level.
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin: Provides the warm, earthy base flavor.
  • 1 tablespoon paprika: You can use regular or smoked paprika for a subtle smoky depth.
  • 1 tablespoon salt: Enhances flavor – adjust to taste preferences.
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper: For a bit of a kick.
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder: Adds savory notes.
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder: Contributes a touch of sweetness.
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano: Provides herbal complexity.
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional): For additional heat. Add more or less depending on your tolerance.


  • Gather your ingredients: Measure out all your spices.
  • Combine spices: In a medium-sized bowl or jar, whisk together all the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  • Store: Transfer the seasoning to an airtight glass jar or container. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

How to use:

  • For every 1 pound of ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey), use 2-3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning.
  • Brown the meat, then add the seasoning and about 1/2 cup of water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes to thicken and allow the flavors to meld.

Customization Tips

  • Spicy kick: Amp up the heat by adding more red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Smoky flavor: Use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.
  • Reduced sodium: Cut back on the salt for a lower sodium option.
  • Added richness: Include a teaspoon of ground coriander for subtle citrusy notes.


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