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
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 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.



  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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Recipe Rating


    • Nana’s Girl

    You NAILED it!!! Absolutely tastes like Taco Bell chicken quesadilla sauce! We don’t like spicy hot, so omitted the cayenne and just used a few glugs of Taco Bell’s Fire Sauce instead of Siracha. You have super-powers to figure out how to recreate this sauce – thank you so much!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      No superpowers, just love the reward of recreating my favorites:)

    • Robert

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m making Mississippi pot roast this weekend and will make a batch to use in the leftovers in quesadillas for lunch at work but I love super hot so I am replacing the sriracha with some ghost pepper sauce. Won’t taste like Taco Bell (which I love dearly) but should hit all my goals in a sauce. Thank you so much!

    • Eli

    I just made your sauce and I did extra ranch because my boyfriend doesn’t like spicy stuff but whew when I put that on a quesadilla and tried it I was in HEAVEN. Mine tasted a little more ranchy then it was supposed to but it was still perfect. Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thanks for trying our Creamy Jalapeno Sauce. You could just reduce the heat from the hot peppers rather than adding more ranch, but either way works to satisfy the desired outcome.

    • Caitlin

    I have tried lots of recipes out there for the tacobell jalapeño sauce. Never have I tried one that tastes EXACTLY like it, until now! Thank you!!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so happy to hear that Caitlin!

    • jerry

    Tastes just like it. Thank you

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you, Jerry!

    • Sarah Frahm

    Subbed a scoop of regular jalapeños from a jar and this still turned out amazing! Great recipe and thanks so much for sharing! They were the perfect addition to our chicken quesadillas!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m glad you love the recipe, Sarah! We love it in quesadillas too:)

    • Jenny

    Very close! I made a few substitutions and got it to taste EXACTLY like the restaurant sauce (hint: Taco Bell wouldn’t use Sriracha, but Cholula tastes really close to their “fire” taco sauce.)

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thanks for the tip, Jenny! I’m going to have to try that!

      • Jay

      What did you do differently? Please share

    • Aldo

    Hi Aylona, The sauce is really delicious! I have to try Taco Bell’s chicken quesadilla and compare with your recipie. I’m always fooling around the kitchen and experimenting with restaurant sauces also. Keep up the good work! Ciao, Aldo.😀

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I hope it will meet your expectations!

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