This copycat Taco Bell Baja sauce recipe adds lots of flavor to any of your dishes, from tacos to a chicken and rice casserole! Try it on a variety of dishes and see for yourself!
Taco Bell Baja sauce is a delicious way to season your tacos, nachos, or other Mexican type food. You can make either a chunky or a creamy Baja sauce.
Easy Creamy Taco Bell Baja Sauce
Inspired by the famous fast food restaurant, you’ll quickly discover the secret of taking your meals to a whole new level of yum! And the advantage of making it yourself is that if you want a little more of one ingredient, you can do that. Make it to suit your personal taste, and your taste buds will thank you!
This recipe is for a creamy sauce that has just the right amount of kick and adds the perfect finishing touch to tacos or any other type of Mexican food that needs a little something extra. Whether you prefer a chunky sauce or a creamy Baja sauce, you can have it your way. I like a little bit of texture. But if I know someone prefers it smooth, I’ll run the food processor a little longer to make it smooth.
Since it’s a copycat Taco Bell Baja sauce recipe, 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. I also like to make my own corn tortilla chips. It’s easy in an air fryer, and they always come out tasting even better than the ones you get in a restaurant. Add little of this Baja sauce for dipping, and you have a total winner!
It’s an easy recipe, and it gives you the Taco Bell flavors you like. This Taco Bell copycat sauce truly delivers. 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. Or you can add it to these country style ribs. Or simply drizzle a little over some crispy chicken thighs or slices of this yummy air fryer chicken breast.
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.
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 at Home
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.
Next, add the pepper, garlic powder, and cumin. Mix it all together until everything is evenly distributed.
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.
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.
Add-ons and Substitutions
I’m one who enjoys tweaking recipes to suit my family’s taste buds. If you’re like me, play around with the sauce and see if you can come up with something you like even more.
Here are some suggestions for add-ons or substitutions:
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Chili powder
- 2 tablespoons chopped red bell peppers
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- Cheddar cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
If there’s anything else you think you might like, try it in a little bit of the sauce. Taste it before you add it to the whole batch.
More Tips for Making Taco Bell Baja Sauce
Since you’re making this copycat sauce for you and your family, you can do whatever you like. After all, the key is to enjoy your food, right? First of all, if there’s an ingredient that you want more of, go ahead and increase it. No one is stopping you.
Here are some suggestions for making it even better:
- For a delicious balance of creamy and tart, add equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Squeeze a lime and add the juice for a stronger citrus flavor.
- Increase the amount of vinegar to add more of a tangy taste.
- Add a splash of liquid smoke for a smokey flavor.
What is This Sauce Used On?
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.
Here are some foods that taste better with Baja sauce:
- Tacos, of course!
- Burritos, another natural
- Hamburgers for a little extra zing!
- Grilled chicken
- Salmon patties
- Shrimp or any type of seafood
- Chicken tenders
If you think you might like Baja sauce on something, try a little bit. I’ve even dipped potato chips and tortilla chips in it, and the flavor is fabulous!
More Delicious Sauce Recipe
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.
If you like tart sauce for seafood, pork, or chicken (or anything else for that matter), you’ll love this lemon dill cream sauce!
Now let’s get back to the Baja sauce. It’s also an excellent dip for these homemade tortilla chips. Bet you can’t eat just one!
Common Questions About Baja Sauce
Perhaps you’ve never had Taco Bell Baja sauce. Or you might have tried it but had some questions. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this delicious sauce.
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. So feel free to put some on your baked potatoes for an amazing burst of flavor!
What Does Baja Sauce Taste Like?
Baja sauce has the flavor similar to ranch, only a little bit tangy. It can also have a hint of sweetness if you add honey or sugar. 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 also 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.
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. Try making 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. This sauce eventually evolved into what it is today.
How Long Can You Keep Taco Bell Baja Sauce?
This Baja sauce is best when eaten at least few hours after you make it. In fact, if you make it and put it in the refrigerator overnight, the flavor is even better the next day. If you’re unable to eat all of the Baja sauce, put it in an airtight container and stick it in the fridge. It should be good for 4 or 5 days after you make it.
Is Baja Sauce Vegan?
The way I make this Taco Bell Baja sauce is not vegan. However, you can use a different type of mayonnaise that doesn’t have any animal products to make it work for a vegan diet.
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:
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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.
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No Bake Pineapple Pie – Just say the word “pineapple,” and I’ll come running. If you like this yummy fruit as much as I do, you’ll want to try this amazingly easy and delicious pie!
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!
How to Make Jar Spaghetti Sauce Taste Homemade – When you want the deliciousness of a spaghetti dinner but don’t have time to make it from scratch, reach for a jar. Add a few basic ingredients, and it will taste as good as if you made it from scratch.
- 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
- Combine the jalapeño pepper, bell pepper, and onion in a food processor. Puree until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- In a separate bowl, combine this mixture with the mayonnaise and vinegar and stir well.
- Add the pepper, garlic powder, and cumin. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- 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 InformationYield 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.