Taco seasoning costs about $1.50 for a single packet, which doesn't seem like much until you add up a weekly taco night - that's $78 per year! I always make my own instead of getting packets from the store. I go through a lot of taco seasoning, so it makes sense to just always have a big batch on hand.
Proportions for Recipes
This recipe makes about 6 packets of taco seasoning. Some recipes call for taco seasoning by teaspoon or tablespoon, whereas others call for it by ounce or packet.
- Use 2 tablespoons when a recipe calls for one packet of taco seasoning.
- One store-bought packet is about 1 ounce. Use 2 tablespoons when a recipe calls for 1 ounce of taco seasoning, 4 tablespoons when a recipe calls for 2 ounces, etc.
Storing Homemade Taco Seasoning
Store the taco seasoning in an air-tight container. I like to use glass jars because plastic will absorb the taco seasoning smell. You can use Weck jars like these if you want something pretty, but I keep mine in an old salsa jar.
How long does it stay good? It depends. I typically make note of the soonest expiration date on all of the spices I’ve used in it, and I use that as a rule of thumb for how long it should keep.
I write the ingredients and tape it to the side of the jar so I don't have to keep looking up the recipe for the proportions of everything each time I make more. I have a printable label here that can be taped to a jar.
Taco Seasoning Recipe Suggestions
- Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
- Taco Chex Mix (from Cooking With Carlee)
- Flat Beef Enchiladas (from Joy to the Food)
- Taco Seasoned Oven Baked Potato Wedges (from Snappy Gourmet)
- Baked Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango (from Killing Thyme)
- Easy Taco Cornbread Casserole (from The Cookin' Chicks)
- Air Fryer Southwest Egg Rolls (from Belly Rules the Mind)
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.