Taco Sauce

This taco sauce is dangerously close to being the same as the sauce you get in the little packets at Taco Bell. It’s very good over tacos.

Taco sauceI like my taco sauce to have a little heat, so I added a good bit of cayenne. Leave it out for a tasty, non-kicked-up version.

Taco Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Mike


  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon A-1 Steak Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 drop liquid smoke
  • Cayenne pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking often. The sauce will thicken.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. The sauce will keep for at least a week in the fridge.

Nutritional values are approximate.

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