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Just a note to clarify for people, especially Loves2cook4everyone: this recipe is a knockoff of the red sauce Taco Bell uses on their bean burritos and several other foods. It is NOT a knock off of anything in their little sauce packets, hot, mild or fire, even though those little sauces are red, too. You cannot get this sauce in a packet -- they don't sell it that way. I wish they did!
OK I read the reviews, and whoever was complaining about the sugar may have gotten "tomato sauce" confused with "tomato ketchup" - because ketchup is totally loaded with sugar, especially if you go with Heinz. HOWEVER... the ingredients on my tomato sauce (Muir Glen organic) are just tomatoes, water, and salt - no sugar, no HFCS - and even Hunts doesn't have as much sugar as Heinz. The amount of sugar added to this recipe is just 1/4 TEASPOON - negligible at best - but you can always add an equal amount of Kosher salt to cut the sweet edge of that sugar and still get the rounded palette flavor.
That said, we are a household with Celiac and food allergies to accommodate, so processed sauces are hazardous to our health. This is one of the easiest sauces with best taste that I've found for tacos and enchiladas - and having lived all over the SW and in TX, I'm pretty picky about what's passable for Mexican cuisine. That said, I made the following modifications:
Instead of garlic powder, I used fresh garlic with garlic oil.
Instead of dried minced onion, I used onion powder to get the deeper flavor.
I added salt to taste to balance out the sweetness.
My husband has decided that (just as with the BBQ sauce I make that is probably closer to Bone Sucking Sauce than any widely available brand), he wants me to make this taco sauce in bulk and keep it on hand, rather than him using the processed stuff -- and he is the one with NO allergies and NO Celiac.
This was outstanding!!! I didn't have tomato sauce so I substituted 6 tblsp of tomato paste mixed with 1/2 cup water (found on gourmetsleuth.com). Also didn't have onion flakes so subbed with equal onion powder, but I LOVE THIS SAUCE...let it sit in the fridge for a while for the flavours to mingle, and I thought it tasted just like the taco bell sauce!!! Thank you so much!!!
I needed taco sauce for a recipe, only I didn't have any in my pantry. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It was easy to make, and turned out great!
My son LOVES tacos and Taco Bell. Whenever we get low on taco sauce at home he always begs me not to buy it in the store but for us to make this sauce again. It's perfect!
Made this last night to go on Chicken Fajitas since the store bought jar I had in the fridge was nearly empty. My son and daughter-in-law loved it. Simple, tasty and ingredients that I always have around - the perfect recipe.
Excellent sauce. Use it in my Taco Bake. So much cheaper to make and tastes so much better than the bottled sauce. My family likes the little kick of heat it has too.
This was great stuff!!! I think it's a bit heavy on the cumin, but I can correct that myself next time. I used it on some bean tostadas and then again in bean burritos and it was perfect. I then used the leftover as a base for some taco soup. Thanks for posting! UPDATE: I made this again today and decreased the cumin to 1/2 tsp, but then found it to be too bland, so I added a little more garlic powder, another 1/2 tsp of cumin and some oregano and I think it's good now.
If you don't think this taste exactly like taco bells mild sauce you made it wrong... Smelled and tasted identical. Loved it!
This is a great recipe as is. For a little change I added diced Jalapeno, a pinch of oregano and a shot of Franks hot sauce, which gave it a bolder flavor for topping my grilled beef fajitas.