Taco Bell Mild Taco Sauce (Copycat)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

My copycat recipe for Taco Bell's "Mild Taco Sauce".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. WHISK all ingredients together rigorously in a medium saucepan (1 cup cold water, one 8 ounce can tomato sauce, 4 teaspoons arrowroot or cornstarch, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes, 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon orange juice, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dried chipotle powder, 1/2 teaspoon plain new mexico chile powder, 1/2 teaspoon A-1 Steak Sauce, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1-2 drops liquid smoke, measured into a spoon first).
  2. BRING mixture to boil over high heat.
  3. WHISK as needed.
  4. BOIL one full minute.
  5. REMOVE from heat and cool.
  6. WHISK sauce occasionally as it cools.
  7. POUR cooled sauce into a sealable container or a squeeze bottle for convenience.
  8. SERVE and enjoy with your favorite tacos or burritos, or use as a starter-base for chili.
  9. REFRIGERATE any unused portion for up to 2 weeks.
  10. SHAKE well before serving again.


Most Helpful

I'd give this 10 stars if I could. As close to Taco Bell Sauce as you can get. I followed the recipe exactly.

Becky in Junction City, OR March 16, 2011

This sauce is delicious. I'm not sure how taco bell sauce tastes exactly but the first thing I thought of when I tasted your sauce was "This would be AWESOME on chicken Tacos or Burritos!". I thinned it out a little with an additional 2-3 tbsp of water and added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. The flavors were surprisingly complex. The chili powder and smokey cumin come out first and then you can really taste the citrus. Nice job! *Made for PAC Spring 2010*

Brenda. April 17, 2010

Wow, great sauce. DH used it for a dip with scoops and I'm going to make chimichangas today to use it again. Loved how easy it was and how the flavors jump out.

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