Creamy Jalapeño Sauce is that delicious quesadilla sauce Taco Bell uses in chicken quesadillas! Top this over your next taco party or Mexican dinner and are you in for a copycat treat! 

Unfortunately my first attempts in making the creamy jalapeño sauce weren’t satisfying. I wanted to simplify the recipe and of coarse get it to taste more like the real Creamy Jalapeño 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!


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! I wan’t to hear your feedback!

What’s in the Creamy Jalapeño Sauce Recipe?

In this creamy jalapeño sauce copycat recipe you will find ranch dressing, spices and a fresh jalapeño.


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! 


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 for Creamy Jalapeno Sauce:

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


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


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 there 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 are; 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.



  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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    • Jason

    So this is SUPER close. I felt that following the recipe though still led to a ranch flavor that was trying to be hidden with the rest of the spices. But, after seeing another recipe call for sour cream as a base, I did half ranch half sour cream as a base, and the rest was the same and DAMN if it wasn’t so close if not better than the original…. thank you for this recipe! Although not perfect it led me on the right track and now I can’t stop putting this sauce on just about everything. Thank you.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Jason, thank you for the sour cream idea! I’m wondering what ranch you used or if you altered the cayenne pepper because I don’t seem to detect the ranch when I make it maybe because it’s on the spicy side? Regardless, good to know its super close:)

    • Mil

    Is it possible to make it without the cocoa powder?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Mil, yes you can skip the cocoa powder, I think it works more for the color and since it’s one of the ingredients found on Taco Bells Site, I wanted to use it.

    • Dakota

    My wife and I love Taco Bell’s breakfast but obviously can’t go eating it all the time so this is a lifesaver. I made some this just this afternoon and had it with chicken quesadillas tonight and it was fantastic!

    Can’t wait to see how it tastes on a breakfast burrito after sitting for a few days!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Dakota, I’m happy to hear it was fantastic! I do think the sauce gets better after sitting. Also this keeps for a good few weeks if not even month, if enclosed in a squeezable bottle properly.

    • Chase

    This sauce is decent, but I’m sorry, ranch flavor is way stronger than the Taco Bell sauce and I used less ranch than the recipe. Think the rest is good, just needs a different base than ranch. Don’t know what that is, but the Taco Bell creamy jalapeño doesn’t have even a hint of ranch taste in my opinion.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Chase, you shouldn’t detect any ranch flavor at all. I’d try again with all the given proportions for the best results and Hidden valley ranch to get the same results I got. I did notice when I used Aldi ranch it turned out a bit different so for the best results I’d go with the advice and proportions given. Also I’ve realized most of the ingredients found in the creamy jalapeño sauce ingredient list was found in a bottle of ranch ingredients, which is why I used ranch dressing as the base. The spices intensify it and since its supposed to be spicy you can’t detect the ranch. Which is why it’s important not to tweak too much of the ingredients otherwise another can stand out, like the ranch you’ve mentioned.

    • Calvin

    This sauce is amazing! So much like the real thing. I have made it 5-6 times in the last couple of months to recreate the “Southwest Steak Bowl”, my all time favorite TB menu item they discontinued years ago. So glad they are back in my life.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear, Calvin! They discontinued the Grilled stuffed Burritos too that I really liked, maybe I can recreate the baja sauce someday:)

    • Nikki

    This is AWESOME! I just made a sausage Crunchwrap at home and it tastes so much like Taco Bell’s because of this delicious sauce. Can’t thank you enough!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear that, Nikki!

    • Stephanie

    I am obsessed with Taco Bell’s chicken quesadilla and unfortunately (or maybe fortunately lol) where I live in Canada it is about a 35-40 minute drive to the nearest Taco Bell. I tried this recipe yesterday and I would like to report that you hit the nail on the head. I am so astounded at how similar it tastes. Mine came out a bit more spicy because I did use some extra pickled jalapeños. I would strongly recommend to use picked jalapeños, it adds a great acidity and flavour to the sauce. Thank you so much for your top notch recipe, I will continue to make this moving forward!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Oh Awesome, Stephanie! I’m so glad you shared your feedback! I’m so pleased it will be a repeat!

    • emily

    I am going to make this tonight and was wondering what I could use to replace the sriracha since i dont have any at the moment?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Emily, you can skip the sriracha, last time I made it I actually forgot to add it and it still turned out good. I would add a little bit more cumin to compensate overall taste but not necessary.

    • David

    Excellent recipe. In my opinion this is as close as anyone can get to the real thing. I followed the recipe exact and it is so close to the Taco Bell creamy jalapeño sauce. We are all loving our home made steak quesadillas with home made creamy jalapeño sauce!!!! Thanks Alyona.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear!

    • Lily

    I am obsessed with Taco Bell (like really stupidly obsessed), but I don’t want to eat it all the time (money, health…), and I was SO excited to find this recipe. I made it without the cocoa powder because I didn’t have any, used a whole jalapeño because it was small, and used onion and garlic powder (not salt, used 1/4 tsp and then added additional salt). Let me tell you: it was DELICIOUS! I used it on homemade cheese quesadillas and it was SO CLOSE to the Taco Bell one. Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear, Lily! Wait until the sauce sits some it gets even better! It’s good to know regular onion and garlic powder work as good as the salted versions! Good thinking!

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