Monday, July 5, 2010

Homemade Taco Bell Sauce Clone (now why didn't I think of this before)

For our 4th of July BBQ, my husband made Santa Maria Style Tri-tip.  I made a side-dish that required taco sauce on the ingredient's list.  I don't buy taco sauce, and I actually don't use it much for myself.   I decided to scour the internet, and sure enough-- I found a recipe for Taco Bell Sauce on Recipezaar.com.  Breathing a sigh of relief, I realized that I had every single spice. I even had minced onion on hand.  This sauce was whipped up in no time at all.   It really does taste like Taco Bell Taco sauce!  Except, that there aren't any preservatives. I like that! Here's what you need:

Cumin,  instant minced onion (bought mine at Costco), white vinegar, garlic powder, garlic salt, paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper.  In case you're wondering, I use the minced onion for bread baking. I especially love using it for onion hamburger rolls.  So, now you need two more ingredients, and I'm sure you have them:

That's all you need...

In a saucepan, add the spices and vinegar to one can of tomato sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool. Keep refrigerated for a week.  Today, I  made some homemade jam, and I'll bet I could make a batch of this and water can it. 
I used this taco sauce to flavor my California Barbecue Beans recipe. For those of you who do like taco sauce--and toss a bottle or two in your shopping cart, I hope you'll consider this recipe. I'm sure it's more cost effective, and YOU know what's in it.  For a printable recipe, keep scrolling to the bottom of this post.

 Santa Maria Tri-Tip-- grilled to smoky perfection with garlic, kosher salt & pepper only. My husband cooked it perfectly! (Gotta love my horse apron.)

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18 comments:

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

This sauce looks fantastic!! I'm sure it was great.

Salsa Verde said...

Seems so easy...
Like you said: Why didn't we think of this before...??
Love,
Lia.

Phoo-D said...

This looks quite tasty! I like making our own taco seasoning for meat too. Good luck on your first day!

TKW said...

I love Taco Bell's sauce! Awesome!

Mary said...

Your sauce looks wonderful, but I really jumped in here to wish you luck on your new assignment. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Maryjumped in here

Diana's Cocina said...

I love homemade sauces. This sounds easy and tasty.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I'm sure that was way better than the stuff they serve at Taco Bell - for all of the reasons you listed!

Joanne said...

Taco sauce without preservatives! you are a life saver.

Good luck at the new job tomorrow! Let us know how it goes!

Donna-FFW said...

I bet that was just wonderful. I always love stopping by your blog!

bella said...

I love Taco Bell hot sauce and hate to buy the bottled stuff, so I must make this. Thanks for doing the research for us and best of luck in your new school.

Roz

Carole said...

Very clever! One question though--in your photo, it reads "8 oz tomato sauce," but in your directions, it reads "...one can of tomato paste." From the consistency, I'm guessing that you used tomato sauce, but wanted to check.

Thanks!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Thanks, Carol. I fixed that. Yep, it's tomato sauce, rather than tomato paste :)

Jane said...

Can't wait to try this! I found this via pinterest as we are working on eliminating processed foods!

Mary P said...

I want to try this! How long does it typically last in the fridge? Or do you not have any leftover haha.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure why you didn't post a suggestion of proportion of ingredients...

Debby Foodiewife said...

Sigh. It's so frustrating when people leave anonymous comments, and don't write to me at foodiewife@gmail.com (which is posted on my blog home page and the comments area). There is a printable recipe card. If you can't see it, and had written to me, I could have told you.

Shrn3kids said...

I'm so glad that I was scanning through your recipes and found this Taco Sauce recipe. We have taco Tuesday every Tuesday and I can not wait to make this and see if my family notice's the difference. Thank You

Debby Foodiewife said...

Hi Sharyn,
I hope that the taco sauce meets your expectations!