Creamy Jalapeño Sauce is that delicious quesadilla sauce Taco Bell uses in there 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!

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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! 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! 

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 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.

 

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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21 comments

    • 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!

    • Colin

    Doubled the recipe with vegan versions of the animal products. If I would make one recommendation, use less Sriracha sauce (and maybe more cayenne to compensate)! I’m thinking it’s a balancing act between having enough sriracha to give it enough kick, without making it taste very sriracha-like. After the sauce settled in the fridge, the sauce still tastes delicious though!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Colin, I couldn’t detect the sriracha sauce in this but hey using all cayenne would probably work just as good.

        • Colin

        Actually BIG update. Before, I was testing it with chips to taste the sauce in isolation. But after putting a considerable amount of it in vegan chicken quesadillas, it TASTES JUST LIKE TACO BELL QUESADILLAS. So happy with this recipe. Thank you for making it.

          • Alyona’s Cooking

          Good to know Colin, I’ve noticed the sauce gets a little better after sitting, perhaps the flavors meld more.

            • Ryan

            I made this but for some reason it didn’t taste anything like their creamy jalapeno sauce. I used organic Hidden Valley so maybe that’s why? It had a fresh taste and a nice kick, however.

              • Alyona’s Cooking

              Hi Ryan, when I use the Original homestyle Hidden Valley Ranch (buy it from Costco) the Creamy Jalapeño Sauce turns out SO MUCH like Taco Bell’s sauce (I know because I make it regularly and use pickled jalapeños when out of fresh.) So the organic ranch may be the cause of the sauce not tasting as close. I also noticed the more the sauce sits the better it marinades and tastes. Try it with the original ranch and see how it goes, I tried it recently with an aldi ranch and did notice a different taste so maybe I should note what ranch to use for best results.

          • Carina

          Colin — would you mind sharing your veganized version? I’m allergic to dairy and I’ve been searching for a vegan version because I’m not very good at experimenting.

            • Alyona’s Cooking

            Hi Colin, perhaps you can prepare the ranch dressing from a packet and use whatever alternative to dairy that you have, like almond milk or something. Then proceed with the recipe? What are some vegan alternatives to dairy, perhaps you know more?

        • Janelle

        Made your original recipe of this tonight ! It was tasty and very similar! I added more cayenne per my liking and used a light sour cream. Gonna try this one next time! Thanks for your great recipes ?

          • Alyona’s Cooking

          You are very welcome, Janelle! Thanks for stopping by!

        • Kyle Kirchner

        I LOVE this sauce from taco bell. I taste the slightest difference but honestly I didn’t think I would like this recipe (not a fan of ranch) but you NAILED it. Amazing job figuring this out. Thank you!

          • Alyona’s Cooking

          Thank you, Kyle!

        • Christal

        I was just about to make the old recipe and found that you updated it to this one. This was spot on. Worked perfectly for the Taco Bell quesadillas, but I also put it on tacos and it just added the perfect flavor. Great job!

          • Alyona’s Cooking

          Thank you so much for the feedback!

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