Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

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This delicious copycat Taco Bell quesadilla sauce recipe tastes like what you would find at the popular fast food chain. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this homemade quesadilla sauce with just a few ingredients. Try serving on a homemade quesadilla, nachos, taquitos and more.

Bowl of creamy sauce.


Taco Bell quesadilla sauce, also known as creamy jalapeno sauce, is a sauce that Taco Bell spreads on their chicken quesadilla. If you were to order this at the restaurant you would get a quesadilla made with a flour tortilla, chicken, three-cheese blend and this flavorful jalapeno sauce. You can also make your own homemade version in under 20 minutes.

This creamy sauce is packed with flavor and can be made with just a few simple ingredients at home. Use is as a spread or as a dip, it tastes great on just about anything!

Ingredients needed

This Taco Bell creamy jalapeno sauce uses just a few easy ingredients. It has a bit of tangy and spicy flavor that goes well with so many dishes.

Sour cream – Part of the base of the sauce. You can use full fat or light sour cream.

Mayonnaise – Use your favorite mayonnaise or even homemade mayo.

Spices – You will need garlic powder, cumin, paprika and salt. If you like your food on the spicy side, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Pickled jalapenos – This recipe calls for both the jalapenos and a little bit of the juice, also called brine, that is in the pickled jalapeno jar. You will want to dice up the jalapenos pretty small to make it easier to eat. The amount used can be adjusted depending on how spicy you like the sauce.

Bowls of spices, sour cream, mayo and diced jalapenos.

How to make Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce from scratch

To make this tasty sauce, simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir. You can serve immediately but I think it’s better to let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors come together.

Bowl with sour cream, mayo, spices and diced jalapeno.

How to store

This quesadilla sauce needs to be stored covered, in the refrigerator. It will last for about 2 weeks if stored properly.

Since the base is made with mayonnaise, I would not recommend freezing.

How to use Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce?

This sauce is versatile and can be used for many different things. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Taco sauce – Pour on your favorite tacos or fajitas.
  • Chicken sandwich – Use as a spread on chicken sandwiches.
  • Chicken strips – Perfect for dipping.
  • Cheeseburgers – Forget ketchup and mustard, try this sauce on burgers.
  • Burritos – Can be used to top burritos, enchiladas or bowls.
  • French Fries – This makes a delicious French fry or onion ring dip.

Variations of Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Super Spicy – If you like your sauce really spicy, add extra diced jalapenos and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Cheese – Try mixing in 1/2 cup of shredded cheese for a delicious, chunkier dip.

Mild – If you don’t like much heat, reduce the amount of diced jalapenos or add in extra sour cream.

Salad Dressing – This makes an amazing salad dressing. Drizzle over your favorite salad to add a flavorful kick to those greens.

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Bowl of dipping sauce.
4.96 from 41 votes

Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

By Heather
Creamy, easy to make copycat Taco Bell quesadilla sauce.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped, pickled jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoon juice from pickled jalapenos
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne optional


  • Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pickled jalapenos and juice. Stir until combined.
  • Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator.


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Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 856IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. 4 stars
    I used smoked paprika instead of Spanish. I also used smoked chipotle pepper instead of cayenne. I’m not sure if it was that the pickled jalapeno liquid wasn’t as acidic as it should be, but I also added about a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for half the recipe. It was delicious!

  2. 4 stars
    I found that it need a little something more. I increased the salt to 1 tsp. And, added 2 tsp of lime juice.

  3. Made it exactly how it says the first time, it was good. But the second time I added less cumin and little more jalapeño juice and it taste so good and way better! Exactly like Taco Bell.

  4. I always wondered about the Taco Bell sauce. It is interesting to read about what goes into your copycat recipe!