Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

Published Date: March 18, 2024

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Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce is the fast food recipe you never knew you needed! This creamy sauce is loaded with sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and spices! Serve this zesty sauce with quesadillas, tacos, burritos, or even nachos!

taco bell quesadilla sauce in a white bowl with 3 jalapeno slices on top of the sauce.

Zesty and Spicy!

Taco Bell’s quesadilla sauce is a key ingredient in their famous quesadillas, adding a burst of flavor and creaminess to every bite. While the exact recipe is under speculation, my recipe is the closest thing you’ll get to the take out version!

Whether you’re a die-hard Taco Bell fan or just appreciate a good sauce, the quesadilla sauce stands out as an essential part of the fast-food experience. Its unique flavor adds a delicious twist to any meal, making it a beloved staple for many Taco Bell fans!

taco bell quesadilla sauce ingredients

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce Ingredients

  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Pickled Jalapeno Juice
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper

All About This Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

If you’ve ever had a quesadilla from Taco Bell, then you already know this sauce’s creamy texture perfectly complements the melted cheese and grilled tortillas. From its creamy texture to its spicy and zesty flavors, this sauce hits the spot every time!

The creamy base provides a smooth texture that coats each bite, while the tanginess adds a refreshing zing that cuts through the cheese’s richness. The subtle heat from the spices adds an additional kick without overpowering the other flavors, leaving you with a satisfying taste that keeps you coming back for more!

How To Make Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

You know I love a simple recipe, and this one COULDN’T be any easier! All you have to do is put all of your ingredients into a bowl, whisk it together, and you’ve got yourself some Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce!

Once it’s made, you can drizzle it, dip it, dunk it, spread it, or store it! If I’m planning on drizzling my sauce, I put it right into a squeeze bottle and store it in my fridge with my other condiments!

taco bell quesadilla sauce ingredients in a bowl, unmixed
taco bell quesadilla sauce mixed together in a glass bowl
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Kick Up The Heat!

If this recipe just ISN’T spicy enough for you, we can fix that! My husband is also a heat seeker, so I get it. All you have to do is add some extra cayenne pepper or jalapenos! It really just depends on which flavor you’d like to bring out more. If you’re feeling extra spicy, add both!

How To Store Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

Store this sauce in an air tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. If you don’t think you’ll go through 1 1/2 cups of sauce in a week, feel free to cut the recipe in half. I wouldn’t recommend freezing any left over sauce.

Should I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

While you can enjoy this sauce as soon as you make it, I actually prefer to make it about an hour before I want to! By letting the sauce sit, the flavors have more time to marinate and soak up each other’s goodness. If you’re looking to enjoy it immediately, it will still taste great!

How Do I Serve This Sauce?

Oh the possibilities! This sauce is PERFECT for Mexican food, but it’s also phenomenal on burgers, sandwiches, and even with french fries dipped in it! Tacos, Quesadillas (it’s in the name of the sauce!), burritos, drizzled atop of nachos, the possibilities are endless! Any time you’re looking to amplify the heat in your dish, I highly recommend making this sauce! My personal favorite way to serve this sauce is by dunking my Air Fryer Chipotle Chimichangas right into it!

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taco bell quesadilla sauce in a white bowl with 3 jalapeno slices on top of the sauce.

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce is better than the take-out version of your favorite spicy sauce! Loaded with jalapenos and sour cream, this sauce is perfect to serve with quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and more!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quesadilla sauce, taco bell, taco bell quesadilla, taco bell quesadilla sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1.5 cups


  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons jarred pickled jalapeños diced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño juice from jar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.


Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. 
To increase the spice, add more jalapenos or cayenne pepper. 
To thin the sauce, add 1/2- 1 tablespoon of jalapeno juice. 

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