Taco Bell Taco Sauce

No need to walk out of the restaurant with tons of little packs in your pockets, you can make this sauce at home.  This is an easy to prepare version of Taco Bell sauce.

Taco Bell Sauce

Taco Bell Sauce

Taco Bell Taco Sauce

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  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, CopyKat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 1
Taco Bell Taco Sauce

This recipe is so good no need of going to Taco Bell anymore you can make this sauce at home!


  • 8 ounce Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Place in sauce pan and stir well, simmer at a very low temperature for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove and cool. May be kept in refrigerator for several days.

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  • Dasha Smith

    I liked this sauce a lot just omitted the vinegar. I was thinking that the Taco Bell’s sauce the one that is in the burritos “secret” ingredient, the one that makes us come back there again and again and crave it more are those yeast extract and natural flavors that are hidden words for mono sodium glutamate, a food flavor enhancer that ppl become addicted to.

  • Yumyum

    Ok, recipe is wrong. There is no sugar in the real sauce. Tomato PASTE is used in the real sauce. The real sauce is very low in sodium (35mg) so the garlic salt is not necessary, just garlic powder.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Thank you for your suggestions.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for letting me I am wrong.

  • Chris

    Perfect. Tastes just like the stuff in the little packets or the restaurant sauce they sell in the store.

  • twxMike

    I found this very close to Taco Bell’s sauce. I will cut back on the vinegar the next time I make it. It was a little too sour for my liking. I also “like it hot” so I used hot, smoked Spanish paprika.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am glad you enjoyed this. You may be able to cook a little of that vinegar out, also you could add a little sugar.

  • Breanna

    can i can this recipe?

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.jarrett.984 John Jarrett

      Yes, but I would pressure can it, to be safe.

  • NICOLEabreu


    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Who doesn’t love a run to the border?

  • Anonymous

    I liked it, and actually thought it was pretty damn close to Taco bell’s Mild sauce.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am happy that you enjoyed this recipe.

  • Tmatta1

    Would this be something I could make in a big batch, then can in mason jars for longer storage?

    • Nicole

      I did this, several years ago. Made 10 pints per batch with homegrown tomato puree. Came back to find the recipe again. :)

      • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

        Did you just process this with a hot water bath? If so, how long did you process this.

  • sandy blue

    is this the taco bell sauce they use in their burritos?

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      It’s not the sauce in the burritos.

      • Missy0509

        i really want the recipe for the red sauce in burritos pls!

        • Ntburton

          ^ Agreed ^

  • Nauticat

    Too hot. I cut the cayenne in half.