How Much Taco Seasoning is in a Packet? (Quick Answer)

Have you ever wondered exactly how much taco seasoning is in a packet? This post will shed light on the mysterious measurement of taco seasoning!

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Quick answer

While the exact amount can vary slightly between brands, most standard taco seasoning packets contain around 1 ounce (or 3 tablespoons) of seasoning mix.

This is a handy rule of thumb to remember, especially when substituting homemade taco seasoning for store-bought packets.

Brand Breakdown

  • Old El Paso: Their classic Original Taco Seasoning Mix comes in a 1 ounce packet, making it a perfect match for the standard measurement.
  • McCormick: Their Taco Seasoning Mix also weighs in at 1 ounce per packet.
  • Trader Joe’s: Their Taco Seasoning is slightly larger, clocking in at 1.25 ounces per packet.

How much taco seasoning do I need for 1 pound of beef? 

  • Use 1 packet of taco seasoning (or 2 Tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning) for every 1 pound of ground beef, chicken, ground turkey or tofu. 

Pro tips

  • Taste as you go: When adding seasoning, start with a little less than the recommended amount and taste as you go. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away!
  • Adjust for protein: If you’re using a leaner protein like ground turkey or chicken, you may need to add a touch more seasoning for bolder flavor.
  • Experiment with homemade: Making your own taco seasoning allows you to customize the flavor profile and adjust the heat level to your liking.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice or a dollop of sour cream to your taco filling for an extra burst of flavor.

So, there you have it! The next time you reach for a packet of taco seasoning, you’ll be armed with the knowledge of its typical measurement.

Now, go forth and conquer taco night with confidence! May I suggest one of the recipes below…

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Have you ever wondered how much taco seasoning is in a packet? Here's the quick answer! Plus, how much taco seasoning to use. This Homemade taco seasoning takes just minutes to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand! Use it with ground beef, turkey or chicken!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 servings


  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika (smoked paprika preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Add all ingredients to a small jar and stir (or shake) until well combined.
  • Store tightly sealed for up to 6 months.


As written, this recipe makes enough to season 3 pounds of meat. 
2 tablespoons of this DIY taco seasoning are equivalent to 1 store-bought taco packet. 
To make enough for 1 packet, reduce the serving size to 1 serving via the button above. 
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Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 818IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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