Taco Bell’s Quesadilla sauce is called Creamy Jalapeño Sauce and it’s that delicious sauce Taco Bell uses in their chicken quesadillas! Drizzle this over burritos, quesadillas, tacos, or any Mexican dinner! You are in for a real copycat treat! 

Unfortunately, my first attempts in making the creamy jalapeño sauce weren’t satisfying. I wanted to simplify the recipe and of course, get it to taste more like the real Quesadilla sauce from Taco Bell. I did more thinking and got down to testing the flavors step-by-step of the way with the real sauce right by my side. So, I created a new recipe that turned out to be a complete success!

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How I Made Taco Bell’s Quesadilla Sauce:

Comparing the ingredients label off a bottle of ranch and the ingredients from Taco Bell’s Creamy jalapeño sauce, I realized almost all the ingredients in a bottle of Ranch were found in the creamy jalapeño sauce! I decided to add more spices to intensify the ranch flavor as I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. After much testing and finally the addition of cumin, I was HAPPY! I even called my husband from the excitement! Search no more folks! This has got to be the closet copycat to the creamy Jalapeño Sauce from TACO BELL! I make this at our home as a staple sauce, especially when we’re having tacos or taco salad for dinner! And the sauce only gets better after sitting! The excitement is real, so make these chicken quesadillas to satisfy that Taco Bell craving!

What’s in the Creamy Jalapeño Sauce Recipe?

In this creamy jalapeño sauce recipe, you will find ranch dressing, spices, and jalapeños.

 

How to make Taco Bell’s Creamy Jalapeño Sauce:

 

Taco Bell's Creamy Jalapeño Sauce Copycat Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Creamy Jalapeño Sauce is that delicious orange quesadilla sauce Taco Bell uses in there chicken quesadillas and are you in for a copycat treat! 

Ingredients

Taco Bell's Creamy Jalapeno Sauce:

  • 1 cup Original Hidden Valley Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper (can use 1 Tbsp pickled Jalapenos)
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

Instructions for Creamy Jalapeno Sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks or freeze.

Notes

Note: Substitute 1/4 tsp of onion and garlic powder with the addition of 1/2 tsp of salt to make up for the onion and garlic salts. 
  • For the closest results use Original Hidden Valley Ranch Homestyle dressing.
  • Recipe makes approximately 11/2 cups of sauce.
  • The longer the sauce sits the better the flavors get.
  • Store sauce up-to 2 weeks in a squeezable bottle or freeze. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1TbspCalories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 330mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Q&A

What sauce is in the quesadillas from Taco Bell?

The chicken quesadilla from Taco Bell contains chicken, creamy jalapeño sauce, and a 3 cheese blend. Creamy Jalapeño Sauce is the sauce found in their delicious quesadilla’s!

What’s in the original Creamy Jalapeño Sauce from Taco Bell?

The list of ingredients found in the creamy jalapeño sauce from taco bell is; Soybean oil, water, vinegar, jalapeno peppers, buttermilk, cage-free egg yolk, dextrose, chili pepper, contains 1% or less of spices, onion powder, garlic powder, minced onion, cocoa powder, paprika, sugar, salt, natural flavor, modified food starch, xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate, lactic acid, disodium inosinate & guanylate, citric acid, sorbic acid, glucono delta-lactone, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate, calcium disodium.

What’s in Taco Bells Creamy Jalapeño Sauce recipe?

  • Ranch
  • Jalapeño
  • Cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • sriracha sauce
  • onion salt
  • garlic salt
  • cumin

How to make Taco Bell’s Creamy Jalapeño Sauce?

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (I used a hand blender.)
  2. Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks or freeze.

 

Tips

  1. Don’t have onion or garlic salt? Use onion and garlic powder with the addition of salt!
  2. Fresh or Pickled jalapeños work!
  3. Hidden Valley Ranch is proven to show the best results for making the creamy jalapeño sauce!
  4. This sauce freezes well.

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47 comments

    • Sierra

    Love it! I also did tha half sour cream half ranch idea from the other guy and its perfect!❤️

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thanks for the feedback, Sierra!

    • Austin V

    I substituted the original hidden valley ranch that comes in a bottle (we only make homemade) with the hidden valley ranch seasoning mix & 1 cup of Daisy sour cream.

    I also added a 1 tsp of Trader Joe’s Elote seasoning (yum) and 1 tbs of pickled jalapeño juice in addition to 3/4 of a raw jalapeño.

    Turned out great!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Austin, thanks for trying out our Copycat version of Taco Bells Creamy Jalapeno sauce!

    • Mic

    Hi! I can’t find “home style” hidden valley ranch, will this work instead? “Hidden valley original ranch salad dressing and topping”? Or is that the same thing anyway? Sorry, thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Mic, I’m assuming the original should work close enough to the homestyle one since they are the same brand.

    • Jeremiah

    How do you measure out 1 tbsp of pickled jalapeños?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Jeremiah, pickled jalapenos should come pre-sliced in a glass jar like dill pickles. I used a 1 Tbsp measuring scoop to scoop it out with the juice.

    • Angie

    I just wanted to say I used ranch from Aldi and my recipe turned out perfect. I was nervous from reading other reviews that I would taste the ranch but it is dead on! Thank you so much!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Angie! I’m glad to hear it turned out with a different brand ranch!

    • CD

    You killed it . I thank you, but my waistline will not haha

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m assuming the Taco Bell Sauce was successful!

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