Taco Bell Quesadillas...Almost.




This is a recipe for quesadilla sauce that is very, very similar to Taco Bell's. I don't buy their quesadillas anymore, because well, I feel I can make something just as good at home!  The sauce is also very good as a sandwich spread. I like it with turkey and cheese.  I hope you enjoy this!  If you try it, and change it up a bit, I'd like to hear about your results, and what you did differently.

Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment

Ingredients for the sauce:

1/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise (Not Miracle Whip)
4 Teaspoons Bottled Jalapeno Juice (from the sliced, jarred jalapenos)
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (more if you like it hot, you can always add more later)
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Dash of Salt

For the quesadillas:

Sauce (the stuff you just made)
Cheese (anything you like)
Meat (Beef, chicken, or you can leave the meat out for just a plain cheese quesadilla)
Any veggies you would like to add, onions, peppers, tomatoes.

Equipment needed:

Measuring spoons
Measuring cup (1/4 cup should be all you need)
Small to medium sized mixing bowl

Quesadilla maker, oven, microwave, skillet or anything you like to make your quesadillas in.
I received a quesadilla maker as a Christmas gift, so that's what I am using.

Step 2: Mix Up the Sauce

Combine the mayonnaise and the sour cream in the mixing bowl. Use the whisk and mix thoroughly.

Add the next seven (7) ingredients, and whisk until completely combined, making sure there are no lumps.

Step 3: Make a Quesadilla

Start by heating up your quesadilla maker, skillet, oven, or whatever you're using to cook the quesadilla.

For this Instructable, I used two tortillas, but if you don't want a big quesadilla, you can surely use just one tortilla folded in half. 

Lay the tortillas on a plate, or napkin or whatever you have, and spread a heaping tablespoon (more or less, use what you like) of the sauce on one of the tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese, and the cooked meat and veggies if you so choose. Lay the second (empty) tortilla on top and press lightly to hold it all together. 

Next, transfer the quesadilla to your skillet, oven, microwave, or in my case, the quesadilla maker.  Cook until brown and crisp, or just heated through, if that's what you like. 

That's all there is to it!  As I said in the Intro, this sauce is very good as a sandwich spread, and my  husband likes it in taco salads in place of plain sour cream.    Enjoy, and please comment with any suggestions/alterations.



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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Yummy! I didn't have the jalapeno juice, so I added a teeny, tiny bit of vinegar, and in my second quesadilla, I added a little dried cilantro. Very, Very good!! Thank you!


    3 years ago on Introduction

    You actually CAN use Miracle Whip; It's what we used when I first found this. The recipe I found doesn't have sour cream in the mix and you can add chopped jalapenos, because Taco Bell's actually DO have them in theirs. I just use a griddle and fold mine over in half. But it's really good!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have tonnes of quesadillas, but always just use cheddar and black pepper/chillis.  'sauce' seems like a good idea.