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Taco Bell Baja Sauce Recipe (Copycat)

Taco Bell Baja sauce is a delicious way to season your tacos, nachos, or other Mexican type food.

It’s a creamy sauce that has just the right amount of kick and adds the perfect finishing touch to the food.

Dipping baja sauce with a spoon

Since it’s a copycat Taco Bell Baja sauce, it pairs well with all of the Taco Bell menu items, whether you pick them up at the restaurant or make them at home. This sauce is also a great addition to a taco bar.

It’s an easy recipe, and it gives you the Taco Bell flavors you like.

Or even if you don’t like fast food, you can put it on other dishes that need a spicy sauce.

We like Baja sauce for chicken tacos. It’s also good on beef or fish tacos as well.

Easy Flavor Boost

There are quite a few great recipes that you can put this on when you need something extra. This Baja sauce is perfect when you want a burst of Taco Bell flavor.

Or you can try this easy homemade salsa to take your Mexican cuisine to a new level of deliciousness. I like to add more than one sauce option when I serve tacos.

Another delicious sauce is this zesty dipping sauce. Try putting different ingredients together, and you’re likely to come up with something special that you and your family love.

My friend Julia has this red remoulade sauce on her blog, Julia’s Simply Southern. This slightly spicy sauce is good on a variety of dishes.

Copycat Taco Bell Baja Sauce Ingredients

This delicious sauce is made from many ingredients you’re likely to have in your refrigerator and pantry. However, you might have to add one or two things to your shopping list.

bowl of baja sauce beside a plate of tacos

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this yummy sauce:

  • Sliced jalapeno peppers 
  • Chopped red bell pepper 
  • Diced onion
  • Mayonnaise (any brand)
  • Vinegar (apple cider or white vinegar)
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground black pepper 

For exact measurements of the above ingredients and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

You can add other ingredients if you like. Some good ones might be sour cream, cayenne pepper, onion powder, or even corn syrup if you like a touch of sweetness.

You can even use a small amount of tomato sauce or cream cheese if you like. It’s fun to start with other people’s recipes and make them your own.

How to Make Taco Bell Baja Sauce

Before you begin, gather all of the ingredients and place them close by. I also recommend measuring out what you’ll need to make sure you have enough of everything.

Now it’s time to put it all together. First, combine the jalapeño pepper, bell peppers, and onion in a food processor. Puree peppers and onion until you have a somewhat smooth consistency.

Secondly, combine this mixture with the mayonnaise and vinegar.

Stir it until it is well mixed.

Adding mayonnaise and vinegar to peppers and onions.

Next, add the pepper, garlic powder, and cumin.

Mix it all together until everything is evenly distributed. 

adding the spices to the pepper, onion, and mayonnaise mixture.

Taste it in order to determine if you think it needs more of anything. If so, add it now and stir again.

Finally, pour the mixture into a small bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours.

Overnight is actually better because it gives the flavors more time to marinate.

spooning baja sauce from a bowl.

I’ve seen this copycat recipe with other ingredients. However, this is the one that I think tastes the most like what Taco Bell offers.

What is Baja Sauce?

Baja sauce is a multidimensional, tangy yet creamy sauce that adds a tremendous amount of flavor to tacos, chips, salads, fish, and other dishes.

An infusion of Mexican and Southern California flavors, Baja sauce is often used in place of sour cream.

What Does Baja Sauce Taste Like?

Baja sauce has the flavor similar to ranch, only a little bit tangy.

You can add more of any of the ingredients to make it spicier or smoother to suit your own personal taste.

How to Serve Baja Sauce

You have several choices of how to serve this delicious sauce. You can add it to the recipe as you cook the food, or you can drizzle it over the meal after it’s plated.

What I like to do is place the bowl of Baja sauce and a spoon on the table so everyone can add as much as they want.

It also makes a great dipping sauce for chips or even a chicken quesadilla. If you don’t like chicken, you can make a veggie or simply a cheese quesadilla.

It’s a tasty sauce for fish tacos. In fact, it adds more depth of flavor to anything you’re serving.

I like it on more intricate dishes as well. For example, you can use Baja sauce instead of salsa on this yummy layered Mexican salad.

bowl of baja sauce beside food processor with pureed pepper and onion.

Baja Sauce vs Spicy Ranch

This Baja sauce has very specific ingredients. It’s delicious on so many things, including dipping vegetables, chips, and crackers.

You can make any ranch dressing a spicy ranch dipping sauce. Simply add your favorite spices (preferably with heat) to your favorite ranch dressing. We like this buttermilk ranch dressing.

My favorite way to spice up the ranch dressing is to run a jalapeno pepper through the food processor and mix it into the dressing. You can also add a vinegar-based pepper sauce or ground cayenne for additional heat.

What is Baja Style?

The Baja style of food began in Baja California, Mexico with a fish taco.

A ranch-like sauce was added to it to give it a unique flavor.

More Delicious Recipes

I cook most of our meals at home, mainly because it’s much more cost effective than dining out. I also like to know what’s in my food.

Here are more delicious recipes I’ve made recently:

Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner – This one-pan meal is easy to cook, delicious to eat, and cleans up very quickly.

3-Ingredient Ro-Tel Chili – When you’re craving chili but you don’t have much time, this one is for you.

Rolo Pretzel Turtles – This one’s super easy to make, and everyone will love them! Snack time has never been so delicious!

Mini Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie – You’ll want to make this delicious treat when there are just a few people who want something sweet.

Pineapple Smoothie – Serve this with a meal or with your afternoon snack. It’s sweet but also refreshing and oh-so delicious!

bowl of baja sauce and plate of tacos

Taco Bell Baja Sauce Recipe (Copycat)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Delight your taste buds with this delicious copycat Taco Bell Baja sauce!


  • 1 sliced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of diced onion
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Combine the jalapeño pepper, bell pepper, and onion in a food processor. Puree until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine this mixture with the mayonnaise and vinegar and stir well. 
  3. Add the pepper, garlic powder, and cumin. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.


You can add other ingredients, such as sour cream, cayenne pepper, onion powder, cream cheese, tomato sauce, or even sweetener to make it suit your personal taste.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 259Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 15mgSodium 234mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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