Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

by Alyona's Cooking

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!

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 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 the Creamy Jalapeño Sauce Recipe?

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


  • 1 cup ranch dressing (I used Hidden Valley Ranch brand)
  • 1/2 of a fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper (don’t skip it’s crucial the real sauce is spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground 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.



4.14 from 36 votes

Taco Bell's Creamy Jalapeño Sauce Copycat Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 76kcal
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! 
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  • 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
  • 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin


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


  • 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. 


Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Taco Bell's Creamy Jalapeño Sauce Copycat Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Tbsp)
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 330mg14%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 88IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Lily January 22, 2020 - 10:50 pm

5 stars
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 January 23, 2020 - 7:03 am

I’m so glad to hear, Lily! Wait until the sauce sits some it gets even better! I love recreating copycats so throw some ideas at me!

Colin September 3, 2019 - 10:38 am

5 stars
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 September 3, 2019 - 12:24 pm

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

Colin September 4, 2019 - 3:42 pm

5 stars
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 September 5, 2019 - 7:57 am

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

Ryan December 27, 2019 - 12:54 am

4 stars
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 December 27, 2019 - 7:39 am

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.

J August 26, 2019 - 6:44 pm

5 stars

Janelle July 15, 2019 - 10:30 pm

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 July 16, 2019 - 8:19 am

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

Kyle Kirchner June 27, 2019 - 8:41 pm

5 stars
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 July 2, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Thank you, Kyle!

Christal March 31, 2019 - 6:08 pm

5 stars
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 April 1, 2019 - 8:14 am

Thank you so much for the feedback!


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