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Taco Bell Baja Sauce

This Taco Bell Baja Sauce recipe is a great way to make this fast food chain at home. It has a creamy texture with a bit of spice and tastes just like the real thing!

This easy recipe is the perfect way to add a pop of flavor to your favorite Mexican dishes. Our favorite way to use it is to make Baja shrimp tacos, but it's a great addition to so many other dishes.

We make homemade tacos all the time in our household. Not only are they easy to make, but even the picky eaters in our household enjoy them. So, they've quickly become a staple meal.

And, if you are like us and enjoy making restaurant favorites at home. You may also want to give this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe a try for your next taco night. It's a great way to avoid a trip to the store at the last minute. Plus, it tastes better if you ask us!

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A jar of homemade Taco Bell Baja sauce.

Why You’ll Love This Taco Bell Baja Sauce Recipe

There are so many different reasons why we love this creamy and spicy copycat Taco Bell sauce recipe. And, we want to take some time to share those reasons with you. So, check out this list below.

  • This creamy sauce is a great way to get all the Taco Bell flavors that you love without leaving the house.
  • It's a spicy sauce that adds the perfect finishing touch to your favorite Mexican recipes.
  • The unique flavor pairs so well with fish tacos, chicken quesadillas and so much more.
  • Plus, it has a little more spice than traditional taco sauce.
  • You only need simple ingredients to create a burst of Taco Bell flavor right in your own kitchen.

If you are looking for another great condiment copycat recipe to make at home then you may want to give this Copycat Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Butter recipe a try next time! 

A jar of homemade copycat baja sauce.

Ingredients Notes 

One of our favorite things about making this simple recipe at home is that you only need basic ingredients. And, most of these ingredients are commonly in your pantry and cabinets already so you don't have to worry about spending a lot of money at the grocery store. So, pick up these fresh ingredients on your next trip to the store.

  • mayonnaise - full fat mayo gives the most flavor to this recipe
  • red bell pepper-
  • jalapeño
  • turmeric powder
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • black pepper
  • oregano
  • salt
  • fresh lemon juice
  • grated Parmesan cheese
Ingredients needed to make Baja sauce.

Helpful Tools 

You will need a few kitchen tools to help you make this creamy sauce recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this homemade sauce with your family this week! You won't regret making this spicy sauce.

Mason Jars for storing

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Food processor or blender

How To Make Taco Bell Baja Sauce

Making this homemade creamy pepper sauce is so simple. Just follow the step-by-step instructions below or check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe. We promise that you will fall in love with this copycat sauce after your first bite just like we did.

  1. Slice and remove the seeds from the peppers and chop them into smaller pieces.
  2. Add all the sauce ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and blend for 2 minutes.
  3. Stop the blender every 30 seconds and allow the pepper pieces to settle to the bottom before restarting the blender.
  4. Add the sauce to a mason jar and chill in the fridge for at least four hours. The sauce will thicken as it chills.
  5. Serve on your favorite Mexican inspired dishes.
A collage of images showing how to make Baja sauce.

Storage

Store this Taco Bell creamy baja sauce in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to one week.

Or for easy serving, you could also store it in a 16-ounce squeeze bottle so that you can get the perfect amount of Baja sauce every time and without any mess.

All About Taco Bell's Baja Sauce

Taco Bell's Baja sauce was a fan favorite several years ago. It was the perfect combo of creamy and spicy and works well with just about any dish that you can think of. Not only did it add flavor, but also had a nice kick of spice that will take your meals to the next level.

However, a couple of years ago Taco Bell replaced this delicious recipe with a spicy ranch sauce. With many avid Taco Bell fans we decided to try our hand at perfecting a copycat recipe. And, after several tries, we came up with the perfect blend of ingredients that tastes just like what we remember.

It’s easy to see why so many people loved Taco Bell’s Baja sauce. From tacos to burritos, this creamy sauce adds just the right amount of heat to any dish. Plus, it's so easy to make at home.

A jar of Baja sauce.

Recipe Variations

Do you want to personalize this copycat Taco Bell sauce recipe? Here are a few of my favorite things to adjust to suit our family's tastebuds when we want to get a little creative in the kitchen. So, feel free to experiment with this sauce and let us know what you tried!

  • Sour cream twist: If your family is not a fan of mayo then you can swap out the mayo for sour cream in this delicious sauce.
  • Want a spicier sauce? Add a dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for an easy flavor boost.
  • Want to make it a bit sweeter? You can add a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of brown sugar to the blender.
  • Don't have red bell peppers? Swap out the red bell pepper for green or yellow bell peppers for a different flavor.
  • Thicken: Add a teaspoon of xanthan gum to thicken the sauce a little more if you like a very thick sauce.
Looking down on homemade baja sauce in a jar.

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks to help you make this fresh sauce. Follow these tips to help ensure that this sauce turns out perfectly for you the first time you make this sauce. And, every time after that, because we promise you will find yourself making this delicious sauce often!

  • If you are out of fresh lemon juice to make this delicious comment, lime juice is a great way to get a fresh flavor without a trip to the grocery store.
  • For more tangy flavors in this great sauce feel free to add in green onions and mustard powder.
  • Don't skimp the chill time, it's always important for mayo-based sauces to chill in the fridge so that the flavors fully develop in this delicious condiment.
  • We prefer to use full-fat mayo in this delicious sauce because we feel like it gives a nice rich flavor and balances out the heat from the jalapeno peppers. However, light mayo can also be used in this tangy sauce.
  • If you don't have a food processor on hand, you can use a blender to make this homemade copycat sauce recipe. You can grate the peppers instead and use a small bowl to stir this sauce. Your sauce will still have chunks in it making it this way, but it will still taste great on your favorite recipes.
Baja sauce taco bell copycat in a jar.

FAQ

Do you have questions about this homemade creamy pepper sauce recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this sauce recipe.

Is baja sauce just a spicy ranch?

No, baja sauce is not just a spicy ranch. While they have some similarities, Baja sauce has more of a creamy texture and packs an extra punch with the addition of peppers.

What can I use this sauce on?

This Baja sauce is great for spicing up Mexican-inspired dishes such as chicken tacos, burritos, a chicken quesadilla, or even drizzling it on top of homemade tortilla chips, the options are endless so feel free to get creative with the

What does baja sauce taste like?

This sauce has a delicious combination of flavors including a burst of taco bell-inspired seasonings with creaminess from the mayo, and a little bit of spice from the peppers. It adds the perfect amount of flavor to any dish.

Can I freeze leftovers of this sauce?

No, due to the mayonnaise content in this sauce, we do not recommend freezing it. Mayonnaise does not freeze well and will separate when thawed. The best way to store leftovers is in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to one week.

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A spoon lifting some homemade baja sauce out of the jar.

Taco Bell Baja Sauce

Easy copycat Taco Bell Baja Sauce
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Bell Baja Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1.5 cups
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ red bell pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño seeds removed and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Slice and remove the seeds from the peppers and chop them into smaller pieces.
  • Add all the sauce ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and blend for 2 minutes.
  • Stop the blender every 30 seconds and allow the pepper pieces to settle to the bottom before restarting the blender.
  • Add the sauce to a mason jar and chill in the fridge for at least four hours. The sauce will thicken as it chills.
  • Serve on your favorite Mexican inspired dishes.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in your mason jar with the lid in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
  • For more help and answers to common questions, check out the FAQ section. 
  • For more variations or ways to change up this sauce a bit, check out the tips and variations section.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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