Homemade Taco Seasoning – Bulk

by Easy Recipes

This easy homemade taco seasoning mix will be a staple in your kitchen for tacos, fajitas, and more.
The trouble with seasoning packets is that one seasoning packet never seems to be the perfect amount. Sometimes one isn’t enough and two is too much, but when you make your own bulk mix, you can always use exactly as much as you want. Plus, you can control the ratio of spices to your taste.
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Why You’ll Love This DIY Taco Seasoning

  • Mix once, use multiple times.  As written this mix seasons 6 pounds of taco meat, but you can scale it up further if you’d like!
  • You can use exactly as much as you want- no more partial packets in your pantry.
  • Complete control of your ingredients.  Need to cut sodium?  Leave out or reduce the salt. Like it spicy?  Add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to yours.

Ingredients For Your Bulk Homemade Taco Seasoning 

Ingredients for seasoning pictured on a kitchen counter

  • 1/3 cup Chili Powder
  • 2.5 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

How To Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Step 1: Combine your spices
You’ll want a bowl or container that is large enough to accommodate the spice mixture, plus space for stirring without it spilling over.  For the base size I like to use a 2 cup Pyrex.
Step 2: Stir and Store
Stir your spices together and store them in an airtight container.  This can be the container you mixed them in, or a smaller one if you used a larger bowl.

What to Make with with Your DIY Seasoning

  • Tacos
  • Fajitas
  • Taco Salad
  • Nachos
  • Burritos
  • Rice Bowls
  • Walking Tacos
  • Quesadillas

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • Low or no sodium- halve or omit the salt
  • Add some heat- add cayenne and/or red pepper flakes to taste
  • Add oregano- this is a common ingredient in many taco seasoning packets

DIY Taco Seasoning FAQs

How long can I store homemade taco seasoning?

You can store this bulk homemade taco seasoning in an airtight container for 6 months.  Spices generally lose flavor as they age, so if you store it on the longer side you may want to use a bit more.

What proteins can I use this fajita seasoning with?

Darn near anything!  I primarily use it for ground beef, but you could also use it with chicken, pork, or chickpeas.  Meat can either be ground or bite sized- it’s up to you.

How much homemade taco seasoning should I use for a meal?

I recommend 2 tablespoons for each pound of meat, plus 1 more tablespoon for vegetables when using it as a fajita seasoning.

Can I skip the sugar?

Of course!  I find it helps bring out the natural sweetness in bell peppers and onions when I make fajitas with it.  But it’ll still be delish without the sugar, promise.

Why do you use corn starch?

To help the seasoning stick to raw ingredients a bit better.  This is less important if you’re always cooking on the stovetop and stiring the dish regularly, but I like to oven bake fajitas as well.  Again, you’ll see the amount is small so that when used for traditional ground beef tacos, it doesn’t thicken too much.

I notice this taco seasoning doesn’t have coriander- why?

Coriander is from the same plant as cilantro- which tastes like soap to some people.  Including my husband.  So this seasoning is cilantro-hater friendly!

Tacos are a quick, easy dinner.  If you’re looking for more ideas like that check out these low prep entrees:

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Let me know in the comments how your bulk homemade taco seasoning turned out!  If you added some spice or are storing it in a fun jar, I want to hear.

Yield: 6

Homemade Taco Seasoning - Bulk

Taco Seasoning in a glass pyrex mixed and ready to use

This cilantro free taco seasoning is an easy substitution for packets, and makes enough for approximately 6 pounds of ground beef (or other protein).

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup Chili Powder
  • 2.5 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 561mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. It is recommended to use your preferred calculator with the actual ingredients you use for optimal accuracy.

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