Introduction: How many tsp in taco seasoning packet
Taco seasoning packets are a staple in any pantry. While they may only contain one or two ingredients (under the right circumstances, but such is life), they can be wildly different from one packet to the next.
In fact, there are multiple flavors in each packet and some packets have as many as 15 different varieties. In a typical package, it is impossible to know exactly how many tsp of seasoning are in each packet.
So how do you decide how much of this or that flavor should be in your tacos? You could leave it up to taste or you could use some math: one package contains 12 tsp of Taco Seasoning Mix and another contains 14 tsp. Both are essentially 10 times that amount and both look about the same on the label so we can just call each packet what it says: 1-7/8 oz.
It turns out that all you really need to do is substitute some Taco Seasoning Mix for one package of taco seasoning according to the weight listed on the label. For example: 1-4/5 oz. = 2-1/2 teaspoons; 3-1/2 oz = 3 teaspoons; 4-1/5 oz = 4 teaspoons; 5-3/8 oz = 5 teaspoons; 6-3/4 oz = 6 teaspoons and so on until you get up to 7 1/2 oz — which looks like an approximation because we’re not including any more than 10 recipes and 8 packages of Taco Seasoning Mix itself!
For more details on math, see this post by Mark Sisson at Primal Blueprint fame: http://markreissonslifehacks.com/.
A typical package contains 1 ounce/ 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix
We have found that a little goes a long way. This basic concept is well known to nutritionists, but it’s often forgotten in the kitchen:
A teaspoon of salt is more than enough to season a dish, so if you are using a whole teaspoon of salt when cooking, you’ll only need to use half as much when eating it.
Here are two great examples. Use one cup of salsa for two tacos — just 1 ounce/ 2 tablespoons — and half the amount for two burritos.
Use one cup of salsa for two tacos — no more than 1 ounce/ 2 tablespoons — and just half the amount for two burritos.
Use one cup of salsa for four tacos, and no more than half the amount needed in a burrito.
Lets go back to our taco seasoning example:
If you add one teaspoon of plain taco seasoning to 8 ounces/ 2 cups vegetable broth (or 8 ounces/2 cups water or another flavorful broth), you will have about ½ cup tomato sauce (or ¼ cup sauce). If you add 6 teaspoons of taco seasoning to 4 cups chili powder (or 4 cups garlic powder), you will have about ¼ cup sauce. You can also add 2 teaspoons each pepper and onion powder before mixing with liquid, or 1 teaspoon each allspice and cinnamon before mixing with liquid. The same goes with other spices such as cayenne or sweetener options like sugar or honey. For example, 1 tablespoon sugar is generally used in recipes that call for ¼ cup sugar without any salt added; 1 tablespoon honey is used in recipes that need ¼ cup honey without any salt added; ½ tablespoon cinnamon is used in recipes that need ¾ teaspoon cinnamon without any extract added; etc… There’s no right or wrong here: it just depends on what you want (the taste) vs what your recipe needs (the quantity). We’ve been happily using this approach since we started writing this site back in 2005 – check out our “Taco Seasoning Spotlight” post from 2006 for some good examples! When we talk about how many tsp in taco seasoning packet , we mean how many tsp will be needed per recipe: if your recipe calls for 3 tbsp of chili powder then 3 tbsp can be substituted with 1 tbsp taco seasoning – simple math! If your recipe calls for 12 tsp of curry powder then 12 tsp can be substituted with 2 tsp curry powder – very easy math
Simply substitute 2 tablespoons of this Taco Seasoning in any recipe calling for one package of seasoning
Taco seasoning packets are ubiquitous in the U.S., and they’re also a useful way to save money on taco ingredients — if you don’t happen to know how much seasoning is in a particular packet, you can use this handy calculator to estimate.
The Texas-based company Taco Bell introduced its 3rd-generation taco seasoning packet in January. They are called “Taco 5” by Taco Bell, which includes 5 teaspoons of ground beef and 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix per package (taco-style).
To be fair, though, the real reason that people like this Taco seasoning is because it comes in convenient small packets that can be stored within their pantry without much fuss or worry.
It’s important to note that the “Taco 5” packet contains more than just taco seasoning; it also contains garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and paprika. If you aren’t interested in taking the time to calculate how many tsp are in a packet of taco seasoning mix (or simply want to save some pennies), then you can use this handy calculator: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-many-tsp-in-taco-seasoning/
Look at all the ingredients – look at all those different ingredients! Let me add something here: I haven’t seen any information on whether or not Taco Seasoning actually contains soy, or any other sort of non-organic ingredient — but with such a large variety of additives and preservatives available these days it should be quite difficult for Taco Seasoning to contain any sort of nonorganic ingredient at all (which would violate one of its main selling points). Still, if your goal is strictly just saving money on packaged foods by buying just enough food (your tacos) to last through a week — then I highly recommend using the above calculator as a guide for estimating how much seasoning is inside each packet.
This will give you the same flavor as the packet without all the extra sodium
One tsp of taco seasoning is 3.5 grams of salt and 26 mg of sodium. Taco seasoning is a high-sodium, low-calorie food product — on average, it’s nearly half as salty and 20 percent lower in calories as the packet it replaces. If you’re looking for a healthy solution to taco seasonings, our Taco Seasoning packets are the perfect choice for you.
The Taco Seasoning packets contain only a small amount of salt, making them an easy way to cut out as much sodium as possible from your meals, without sacrificing flavor or texture.
If you’re interested in trying this yourself, we recommend that you double or triple the recipe and use 4 packets per serving (2 teaspoons per packet). You can also swap out 1 packet with 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning mix if you prefer to use less salt or consider adding some spices like chipotle or cumin to add some other flavors.
You can also adjust the amount of seasoning to taste
You can adjust the amount of seasoning to taste by adjusting the amount of liquid in your recipe. For example, if you’re making a soup at home that calls for 3 cups of water and one cup of chicken broth, a package of taco seasoning will give you enough seasoning to spice up the soup.
It is also possible to adjust the amount of seasoning per packet by adding or subtracting salt, which will change the flavor profile. For instance, you could add more lime juice or vinegar to compensate for a shortage of cilantro.
Also, there is a pretty straightforward way to take understand how much seasoning a package gives you: the number of teaspoons per packet is given in parentheses after the manufacturer’s name.
To find out if your taco seasoning comes in 1/2 tsp (15 mL), 1/4 tsp (7 mL), 1 tsp (5 mL) or 5 tsp (2 mL), simply divide 5 by 2:
For example: 1/2 tsp (15 mL) = 0.15 x 0.5 = 0.25 Addition or subtraction instructions: You can add or subtract ingredient amounts as needed to achieve desired results. For example, when using less liquid than called for in a recipe, you don’t need more than 2 tbsp (30 mL). When using too much salt than called for in a recipe, use sparingly so as not to overwhelm taste buds with salty flavors.
Conclusion: By using this simple substitution, you can easily make your own taco seasoning at home with just a few common ingredients. This will save you money and help you avoid those pesky ingredients lists on store-bought packets.
Taco seasoning is one of those ingredients that’s hard to avoid, but most people never seem to use. It’s the first ingredient in many recipes, the next on a list of ingredients in the “additional ingredients” section of food labels, and it’s even baked into a few cookies.
Unlike other ingredients that are likely to be found in your pantry (bread flour, salt, baking powder), taco seasoning is not usually listed as an ingredient on store-bought packages. And yet it is incredibly important. The main reason: tacos are delicious whether or not you have taco seasoning on hand.
But there are a few other reasons that you should use Taco Seasoning:
Taco Seasoning has nutritional information on it — so whether you’re preparing a taco for yourself or for a guest at your next get-together, you can make sure you’re getting enough of what you need for your body.
It has no calories (there are none) – which means that if you do decide to sprinkle some taco seasoning on something (like pork chops), there won’t be any hidden fat or carbs sneaking in along with the flavor. You can be sure that this isn’t going to add any calories or carbs to your meal when tacos aren’t in the mix.
It doesn’t have any sugar – which means that if you decide to sprinkle some Taco Seasoning on something (like pork chops), there won’t be any hidden sugar sneaking in along with the flavor. You can be sure that this isn’t going to add any sugar or carbs to your meal when tacos aren’t in the mix.
It’s gluten-free – by using taco seasoning instead of regular salt, flour and baking powder, restaurants and food manufacturers have been able to remove gluten from their products without having to worry about what their customers would like them do with their food afterwards (i.e., making pasta out of gluten-free flour). This helps keep costs down as well as helping maintain healthful eating habits in people who don’t suffer from celiac disease , allergy issues or gluten sensitivity . That’s right — we mean ‘gluten-free.’ Because if we used regular salt and regular baking powder for our tacos, those people would end up having them made out of soybean flour because they couldn’t handle the potential allergies! So when a restaurant asks us if we want them to make our food gluten