Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I admit it, there are certain items that I really enjoy at Taco Bell. Yes, I know it's not authentic Mexican food, but when you like something, well, you overlook things like that. One thing I enjoy at TB is a warm condiment called red sauce. It is not the hot sauce that comes in a packet; it is the steaming hot red sauce that is served on their tostados and their Mexican pizza. This recipe is about as close to the original taste as you can get!!!

 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1  1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1  1/2 teaspoons dry onion flakes
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne

Mix everything and simmer (on very low) for 15-20 minutes. Serve hot. The "spice level" is very moderate if you use it right away. It is spicier if you let it sit in the fridge overnight.

Serve (as a hot condiment) with any Mexican food.

NOTE: I was surprised to see that there is vinegar in this sauce (you can't taste it in the final product).
NOTE: I don't usually buy garlic salt. I just mix it up with 3 parts salt to 1 part garlic powder, stir well.


Ana Rita said...

I would love to try this taco...
Here in Portugal we don't have many mexican food restaurant's...Your recipe is a good idea to make our own tacos!




Country Whispers said...

This sounds great and I'm making tacos tonight so I may give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Ana Powell said...

Happy New Year.
Really delicious recipe, lovely colour ♥

Future Grown-Up said...

Taco bell...a guilty pleasure for me as well! This sauce looks great - I'm already thinking of making something to go with it this weekend

teresa said...

fun! i love recreating restaurant food!

Monica H said...

mmm, I'm a big Taco Bell fan too :-)

Anonymous said...

The red sauce doesn't cone on their pizza but usually replace the pizza sauce with it. I normally get an extra side of it for all my other stuff took Lol.

r s said...

This was excellent! I put in the full cayenne and it was hot hot hot but yes, close to Taco Bell (when I added more sugar;) thanks so much!!