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Copycat Taco Bell Red Sauce

Create your own Copycat Taco Bell Red Sauce at home with this easy recipe. Enjoy the flavorful kick of this Homemade Taco Bell Red Sauce, perfect for spicing up tacos and more. Learn how to make this Spicy Red Sauce similar to Taco Bell, featuring cayenne for that authentic touch.

Copycat Tacp Bells Red Sauce

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This homemade pepper sauce, made with roasted Anaheim peppers, is incredibly versatile and perfect for enhancing a variety of dishes, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and grilled meats. To increase the heat, you can add additional chopped Anaheim peppers or a dash of hot sauce according to your spice preference. It's a fantastic condiment that adds a delightful kick to your meals.

How to make Copycat Taco Bell Red Sauce

Roasting and Preparing the Red Anaheim Peppers:

  • Preheat your oven to the broil setting.

  • Wash the red Anaheim peppers thoroughly and pat them dry with a paper towel. Leave the stems intact; you'll remove them later.

  • Place the whole red Anaheim peppers on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

  • Put the baking sheet with the peppers on the top oven rack, closest to the broiler element. Use the high broil setting.

  • Keep a close eye on the peppers. The goal is to char the skin on all sides. This will take about 5-10 minutes, but it can vary depending on your oven and the distance from the broiler.

  • As the skin of the peppers starts to blister and char, use tongs to carefully turn them so that all sides get evenly roasted.

  • Once the peppers are evenly charred and the skin has blistered and blackened, remove the baking sheet from the oven. The peppers should be tender on the inside.

  • Allow the roasted peppers to cool for a few minutes until they are safe to handle. Then, using your fingers or a paper towel, gently rub off the charred skin. Also, remove the stems and seeds from the peppers.

Making the Red Sauce:

  • Chop the roasted, peeled, and deseeded red Anaheim peppers finely.

  • In a small saucepan, combine the chopped roasted red Anaheim peppers, one can (15 ounces) of tomato sauce, one can (8 ounces) of tomato sauce (filled with 1 inch of water), and 3/4 cup of water.

  • Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion salt, black pepper, salt, sugar, and white vinegar to the saucepan.

  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Allow it to simmer for about 10-15 minutes to meld the flavors.

  • Remove the saucepan from heat.

  • Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth and liquified.

  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more salt, sugar, or vinegar to match your taste preference.

  • Remove the sauce from the blender and let it cool before transferring it to an airtight container.

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Storage Tips for Red Sauce:


If you have leftover homemade red sauce, allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.


To extend the shelf life, you can freeze the red sauce. Pour it into an airtight container or freezer bags, leaving some room for expansion. Seal well and label with the date. Frozen red sauce can last for about 3-4 months.


Consider freezing the sauce in smaller portions, so you can defrost only what you need for future meals, reducing waste.


When you're ready to use frozen red sauce, transfer it to the refrigerator overnight to thaw gradually. You can also thaw it more quickly in a microwave or on the stove over low heat.

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A copycat recipe for Taco Bell red sauce can be used to enhance the flavor of a variety of dishes, similar to how Taco Bell uses it in their menu items.
Here are some ideas for what you can use this red sauce for:


  • Add a drizzle of Taco Bell-style red sauce to your homemade tacos, whether they're filled with ground beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian ingredients.


  • Use the red sauce as a flavorful addition to burritos, whether you're making bean and cheese burritos, beef and rice burritos, or any other variation.


  • Serve red sauce alongside quesadillas for dipping, or drizzle it over the top before folding and grilling.

  • Nachos: Create nachos by drizzling the red sauce over tortilla chips and melted cheese, then adding toppings like jalapeños, sour cream, and guacamole.


  • Make chalupas at home by topping fried tortillas with seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese, and a drizzle of red sauce.


  • Use the red sauce as a condiment for homemade burgers or sliders to add a spicy kick.

  • Breakfast Burritos: Add a touch of red sauce to your breakfast burritos for a Southwestern-inspired flavor.

Potato Dishes:

  • Drizzle red sauce over baked or roasted potatoes for a zesty twist on a classic side dish.

Chicken Dishes:

  • Use it as a sauce for grilled or baked chicken breasts or thighs to give them a Mexican-inspired flavor.Rice


  • Incorporate the red sauce into rice bowls with your choice of protein, beans, vegetables, and toppings.

  • Dips: Mix it with sour cream or Greek yogurt to create a flavorful dip for chips or vegetables.

  • Sandwiches: Add a kick to sandwiches or wraps by using the red sauce as a condiment or dipping sauce.

  • Meatloaf Glaze: Brush it onto meatloaf before baking for a spicy tangy glaze.

  • Pizza: Use it as a pizza sauce for a unique Mexican-style pizza with your favorite toppings.

  • These are just some ideas to get you started, but the possibilities are virtually endless. Feel free to get creative and experiment with how you use Taco Bell-style red sauce to enhance your favorite dishes.

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