Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
My copycat recipe for Taco Bell's "Mild Taco Sauce".
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 4 teaspoons arrowroot or 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt (use this brand only)
- 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. Original Sauce (use this brand only)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 -2 drop liquid smoke (measure into a spoon first)
OPTIONAL FOR HOTTER SAUCE
- cayenne pepper
- red pepper flakes
- 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).
- BRING mixture to boil over high heat.
- WHISK as needed.
- BOIL one full minute.
- REMOVE from heat and cool.
- WHISK sauce occasionally as it cools.
- POUR cooled sauce into a sealable container or a squeeze bottle for convenience.
- SERVE and enjoy with your favorite tacos or burritos, or use as a starter-base for chili.
- REFRIGERATE any unused portion for up to 2 weeks.
- SHAKE well before serving again.
I'd give this 10 stars if I could. As close to Taco Bell Sauce as you can get. I followed the recipe exactly.
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*
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.