Bulk batching homemade taco seasoning maximizes efficiency in the kitchen and saves money. This versatile taco seasoning recipe works well for tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, salsa, white chicken chili and many different soups.
How to Make Bulk Taco Seasoning
This taco seasoning recipe is a blend of basic dried herbs and spices. Feel free to add a little heat with extra cayenne pepper if desired. I typically add the spicier ingredient into individual recipes per taste preference.
This recipe is easy to make. Simply measure out the suggested herbs and spices, mix, and store in an airtight container. Don’t forget to add a label and the date.
The blend stays fresh for about 6 months if stored in a dark cupboard or drawer in an airtight container. Of course, the freshness factor will vary depending on the quality and freshness of spices used.
Why Make Taco Seasoning in Bulk
- Efficiency – Pre-made bulk batches of seasonings maximize efficiency while cooking. Rather than measuring out the individual ingredients, just add the pre-mixed blend to speed up the process. This taco seasoning blend is versatile to be used in many different recipes. Minimal heat spice, such as cayenne pepper is included.
- Ingredient Awareness – Another reason to make your own taco seasoning rather than purchase the blend at a store is to know exactly what you are consuming. Many blends add extra salt or sugar for flavor and rice or flour (to absorb moisture) or flour (to prevent caking and clumping), which is unnecessary.
- Cost Effective – Making your own spice blends is also cost effective. The dried herbs and individual spices in taco seasoning are easily able to be found in bulk themselves. A taco seasoning packet designed to season 1 pound of ground beef often costs between $1.29 and $2.00! This bulk blend will cut that cost in at least half.
Hidden Ingredients in Taco Seasoning Packets
- Wheat/White flour: containing gluten which is known to damage the digestive system and spike blood sugar
- Maltodextrin: Most in the USA is derived from GMO crops. It has also been associated with digestive concerns, allergies and insulin changes.
- Natural Flavorings: These are mostly chemical-based and synthetically created using unhealthy solvents.
How to Buy Fresh Spices
Similar to using seasonal fruits and vegetables for optimal flavor, the flavor of your final recipe will vary greatly depending on the freshness of spices used. Fresh herbs and spices also make a huge difference in elevating flavors.
There are many quality heirloom spice options available from niche stores or restaurants. It is ideal to buy from a company with the shortest supply chain possible – ideally one that sources spices straight from their origins and sells them directly to you. This process guarantees the most flavorful, freshest, and ethically sourced spices.
For convenience, Frontier Co-op brand spices is a great option available in many grocery stores. This member- owned co-op headquartered in Iowa also includes a 100% organic line, Simply Organic. Frontier Co-op introduced the first Fair Trade Certified spices in the United States in 2009. Its Well Earth program supports spice growers and foragers by providing contracts and assistance for agricultural equipment.
Ideas for Using Taco Seasoning
- Add seasoning to refried beans for a vegetarian bean dip
- Combine seasoning with rice and crushed tomatoes for Spanish rice
- Mix 1 1/2 Tbsp seasoning with 1 cup Greek yogurt, cream cheese, or sour cream. Serve with raw or roasted veggies or as a topping to baked potatoes
- Add 2 Tbsp seasoning to 1 pound ground beef and form into hamburger patties for taco burgers
- Mix 2 Tbsp with 2/3 cup sour cream or avocado + sour cream mixture and use as a spread on a sandwich or topping for tacos/burritos, etc
- Sprinkle seasoning on salads for extra flavor
- Add 2 tsp seasoning to 1 mashed avocado for a quick guacamole dip
- Roast sweet potato with taco seasoning to make black bean + sweet potato enchiladas
Favorite Spice Blends to Make in Bulk
Other bulk spice favorites in my kitchen include Greek Seasoning and Italian Seasoning. If you commonly cook recipes that require similar blends of spices, consider making a bulk batch. As a result, you will save time and money in the kitchen!
Bulk Taco Seasoning Recipe
- 6 tbsp chili powder
- 4 tbsp paprika (smoked paprika works too)
- 4 tbsp oregano (I use Mexican oregano)
- 4 tbsp cumin
- 3 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp sea salt (omit if low salt diet)
- 1 tsp cayenne
- Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir well to combine
- Pour into glass air tight container and store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months