About Homemade Taco Seasoning
I’ve lost count of how many times I went to whip up a recipe and discovered I forgot a small (yet crucial) ingredient. And, more times than not, the missing ingredient is a spice.
It wasn’t long before I started collecting spice recipes, and one of the first mixtures I tracked down was for taco seasoning. It’s one of those spices where I clearly don’t think I use it as much as I actually do, seeing as I’m always leaving the grocery store without it and am constantly frustrated when a food I’m craving requires it.
And besides, even when I do remember to pick some up, those handy little packets pedicular way of “disappearing” once they cross the threshold of my cabinets.
So, if you’re anything like me, this spice recipe is sure to get you out of a bind when mismatched planning (or messy cabinets) try to foil your food cravings.
How much taco seasoning is in a packet?
Many recipes will call for “one packet” of taco seasoning, but that can be problematic if you’re in the habit of making your own custom spice blends.
But fear not! The math on this one is easy.
A standard taco packet holds about 1.25 ounces, which equals about 2.5 tablespoons of taco seasoning. You can safely use this amount of your homemade taco seasoning for any recipe that calls for one packet.
How long can spices be kept?
It doesn’t take long to accumulate a cabinet full of spices, but like all foods, they do have a “best buy” date. When determining how long to keep (or whether to use) a spice, these are the general rules of thumb:
- Whole spices (not ground) can stay fresh for four years.
- Ground spices stay fresh for two to three years.
- Dried herbs can be used for one to three years.
This taco seasoning has a combination of ground spices and dried herbs, so it should remain fresh for one to three years.
What recipes can you make with taco seasoning?
The Husband and I tend to shy away of spice, but taco seasoning is one of the few that we can handle. A few of our favorite taco-spice-inspired dishes are:
- Taco Pasta Salad
- 7 Layer Dip
- One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet
- Chicken Taco Chili
- Mexican Spaghetti
- Fully Loaded Nachos
- Chicken Taco Soup
- Southwest Shepherd’s Pie
- Chicken and Black Bean Tacos
- Taco Stuffed Shells
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How to make taco seasoning at home
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and dried oregano.
Step 2 – Mix it all up.
Step 3 – Store and enjoy as needed!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Never be without this popular spice again by keeping this homemade taco seasoning recipe on hand. It's made with eight common spices and can stay fresh in your cupboard for years.
Store spice in a sealed container. Use as needed.