Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

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Wondering how to make the perfect creamy and just spicy enough Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce? Look no further! I can show you how to make the perfect homemade quesadilla sauce recipe.

Two images of Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce.

Taco Bell’s quesadilla sauce is creamy, full of flavor, a little tangy, and just spicy enough (not to mention downright delicious). Even better, it’s so easy to make with standard pantry ingredients. This copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce comes together in just a few minutes, so it’s easy to fit in while you’re making the rest of your meal.

Quesadilla Sauce ingredients laid out in individual containers.

We make a batch of this quesadilla sauce whenever we meal prep any kind of Mexican food. It’s also just as delicious on burrito bowls and it makes an amazing creamy taco sauce recipe.

This has become such a favorite addition to so many meals, and my husband requests it all the time. If you’ve got any sauce lovers in your love, this is bound to be a huge hit with them.

Quesadilla Sauce ingredients laid out in individual containers.

You can spread this Taco Bell chicken quesadilla sauce recipe inside the quesadilla before cooking. You could also do what I like to do and use it as a quesadilla dipping sauce.

Quesadilla Sauce ingredients in a bowl.

How to make Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce:

It’s really so simple. Just measure out the different ingredients into a bowl, and stir to combine. I find that the sauce is the best when you take the time to evenly dice the pickled jalapenos, but roughly chopped will also work. The sauce will also taste better after it’s had some time to let the flavors mingle in the fridge.

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce in a bowl.

Looking for more copycat Taco Bell recipes? Check out this post by Taco Bell where they list some of their favorite copycat recipes.

Quesadilla Sauce on a chip.

Looking for more delicious sauce recipes? Try my Creamy Green Sauce. It’s amazing and you can put it on just about anything!

Creamy green sauce in a bowl surrounded by the ingredients.

What You’ll Need:

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Yield: 8 servings

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce in a bowl.

This copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce comes together in just a few minutes. It's creamy, full of flavor, a little tangy, and just spicy enough (not to mention downright delicious).

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice (from a jar of pickled jalapenos)
  • 3 Tablespoons pickled jalapenos (diced)
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

    In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: .75gProtein: .5g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate.

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Two images showing the ingredients for Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce and the finished sauce.

Now that you know how to make Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce, I hope you enjoy making your own!

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce in a bowl with jalapeno slices.

48 thoughts on “Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce”

    • Hi Diana, So happy to hear you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. – Alexa

        • Hi Jennifer, So happy to hear the quesadilla sauce was a hit with your family! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it! -Alexa

      • Awesome sauce quite literally.. perfect combo of ingredients great add to my steak chicken and beef quesadillas thanks so much

        • Hi Selena, So happy to hear you liked it! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it. -Alexa

  1. How long will this keep in the fridge? Made it today for breakfast quesadillas. My family LOVED it!!!!! We have a lot left over but don’t want to waste. It’s too yummy!!!!

    • Hi Robyn, So happy to hear you and your family loved the creamy jalapeno quesadilla sauce! This will keep for 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge. It may keep a bit longer, but it should for sure be good for a week. -Alexa

    • I’m curious what brand of mayo you use when making yours… I can’t wait to give it a try. I actually love the sauce so much I goto Taco Bell and buy cups of it and make my own quesadilla’s at home lol

    • Hi Kita, Yes, this sauce is a copycat recipe for the sauce inside the Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla. Hope you love it! -Alexa

      • Close but I am probably gonna play with it a little bit…more sour cream less mayo maybe? And I’m definitely gonna kick up the spice with cayenne powder next time.

        • Hi Amber, Would love to hear which ratios worked best for you when you play with it a bit! Thanks for the feedback 😊 -Alexa

    • Hi Kita, You can use sliced jalapenos as long as they’re pickled (so the ones in a jar or a can). Fresh ones would be too spicy and the brine from the pickled jalapenos is probably the most important flavor component in this recipe. -Alexa

  2. I didn’t see any canned jalapenos that said “pickled” on the can at the store. Are they all considered pickled, or is there a difference?

    • Hi Dianna, As long as it’s canned or jarred, it’s considered pickled. Some of the labels will read “pickled” but not all of them. -Alexa

  3. I’ve made various copycat quesadilla sauce recipes over the years and your’s by far is the best one I’ve found. I threw it on the steak quesadillas I made and it was a hit. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Thanks so much, Jeremy! So happy to hear you liked the recipe and I appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback. -Alexa

  4. I didn’t have pickled jalapeños, so I used 1 fresh jalapeño diced really small, and 3 tablespoons of pickled juice from my jar of banana peppers. Oh my, this is yummy! Tastes just like the Taco Bell sauce.

    • Hi Wendy, So happy to hear you liked it! Thanks so much for sharing that it worked with those alterations. -Alexa

      • Thank you for this recipe! I veganized this by replacing the sour cream with more vegan mayo and it turned out perfect! The vegan Taco Bell cheeze quesadilla I made with this sauce was a huge hit.

  5. Tastes just like the Taco Bell sauce! My husband doesn’t even like Taco Bell (insane I know), but loved this. It was the perfect addition to our breakfast quesadillas!

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Clara! So happy to hear the creamy jalapeno sauce was a hit with you and your husband. I’ll have to give it a try on breakfast quesadillas, too – sounds delish!

      • I’ve made this sauce around 3 times now; it is soooo yummy. My son said he like my chicken quesadillas better than Taco Bell’s! Did the recipe exactly the same except added some cayenne peeper to get a little heat! Love it!!

        • Hi Marcelle, So happy to hear you and your son like the Taco Bell chicken quesadilla sauce so much! Love the idea of the addition of a little cayenne pepper. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment – I really appreciate it! -Alexa

  6. I must say I was a bit skeptical when I first made this as I have tried other copycat TB Quesadilla sauces in the past with not so great results. This one was as close to spot on as I could have hoped for! So glad that I stumbled across this recipe – Thank you so much!

    • Hi Shane, So happy to hear you liked the quesadilla sauce recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and let me know! -Alexa

  7. this recipe was not good. way too much sour cream and mayo incorporated into it, and overwhelmed the flavor of the spices. kinda just tasted like i put sour cream, mayo, and tiny pinch of chili powder (and i followed this recipe to the T). would not recommend sorry.

    • Hi Sierra, So sorry to hear that you didn’t like this recipe! While this ratio seems to be popular with a lot of people, you may prefer really potent and flavorful sauces. I’d suggest halving the sour cream and mayonnaise in the recipe if you make it again, and then tasting it to see if you’d like to add any more. Hope that helps! -Alexa

  8. SO good!!!!!! My husband was shocked at how it tasted just the sauce in Taco Bell Quesadillas- they use this sauce in the steak and cheese too! 🙂

    • So happy to you and your husband liked it, Nikki! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave feedback – I really appreciate it 🙂 -Alexa

  9. We made this tonight and it tasted like mayo. We followed the recipe exactly. I dont understand why when everyone else says the opposite. Makes no sense.

    • Hi Alison, Sorry to hear that this recipe didn’t turn out the way you expected. If you make it again, I’d recommend starting with half the amount of mayonnaise and sour cream but all of the flavorful ingredients, tasting, and adjusting from there. Hope that helps! -Alexa

    • Hi Danni, Online it says it includes their creamy jalapeno sauce, so this should be the right copycat recipe for that meal. -Alexa

    • Hi Robyn, I haven’t tried it with Miracle Whip, so I can’t say for sure. I don’t think you could substitute Miracle Whip for mayonnaise here and have the flavor turn out well (I think the flavor would overwhelm the spices a bit). I may be wrong though, so if you do try it, please let me know how it went! -Alexa

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