Taco Bell Wild Sauce
Remember the 'wild sauce' that Taco Bell used to have back in the 90's? It was spicy hot and intensely flavorful.. I was disappointed when they discontinued it, and have tried many attempts at reproducing it - and I think I've got it close, here.. I do believe this tastes as good as I remembered .. Use of Tabasco is key, so no substitutes - it just won't be the same..
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- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 3 tablespoons finely minced pickled jalapeno peppers
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine the tomato paste and water in a saucepan; whisk until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the tomato mixture; bring to a boil, and stir for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in refrigerator.
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I worked at Taco Bell in the 90s when wild sauce was being used and it was my absolute favorite sauce! I was also working there when it was discontinued and I was able to save the last bag from the last case that was on hand before it ran out. I kept it in my freezer for sometime but finally went through it. Years later when the fire sauce packets were introduced I tried them and I noticed a very similar taste. I thought to myself wow this is the old wild sauce and they have just packaged it into the small packets. So when I saw this recipe online I decided to go ahead and try it I made it exactly as the recipe suggested and it had very similar flavor and heat to the wild sauce that I remembered. The only difference that I really saw was in the consistency it was a little thinner by this recipe then the wild sauce was when we had it in the store. Of course when it was held in the steam table in the restaurant it tended to lose moisture to evaporation which did cause it to thicken some which I actually like. I made about a quart which I have in my refrigerator but I’m going to make one small change to it. I’m going to add some cornstarch or a little more tomato paste to thicken it up slightly and then it should be exactly as I remember it. Thank you so much for this recipe and for bringing back my good old days at the Bell! I’ll look forward to making this for a very long time to come! Alan Crowder
I'm going to try it and I'll let you know what I think. I loved this sauce so much that I used to order 2 tacos and 2 bean burritos with extra-extra wild sauce. If they didn't put enough on it, I'd ask for more. Surprised you didn't add cilantro and a tsp of soybean oil. I've posted on separate wild sauce blogs, and mentioned to them that someone at Taco Bell gave me a hand written recipe of the wild sauce - but not the exact one, because they weren't permitted. It had cilantro, green chilies and soybean oil for sure. Until then, lets see how it goes.