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What Sauces Does Taco Bell Have?

Taco Bell’s reputation for having spicy and delicious food is nothing short of underplayed. I mean, how often does food as good as theirs pair so amazingly with their sauces. They know how to make sauce less spicy than it seems while also creating a delicious flavor and heat experience. So, what sauces does Taco Bell have that make it this good?

The most popular Taco Bell sauces are the classic hot sauce, the creamy chipotle sauce, and the fiery fire sauce. But there are more, and I’ll cover each one!

💡 All Taco Bell Sauces

Mild Sauce

Let’s start this off with a classic in any restaurant. Taco Bell’s mild sauce is everything I expected from a mild sauce and more. The combination of tomato paste, jalapeno peppers, dried onions, dried garlic, and paprika is just right for classic tacos or crispy Nacho Fries. It’s the go-to packet sauce for those who prioritize flavor over heat.

Hot Sauce

From the realm of spicy offerings emerges Taco Bell’s hot sauce. While it falls right on the milder end of the spicy spectrum, it still delivers a delicious kick of flavor. It has base of tomato paste, complemented by vinegar, jalapeno peppers, chili peppers, and dried onions. There are some ways to make hot sauce thicker they could have used for a richer and more stable consistency. But the consistency is just enough to stay in place on tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.

Fire Sauce

Taking a step up from their hot sauce is Taco Bell’s fire sauce. As the second-hottest sauce in Taco Bell’s lineup, it’s something to be revered. It has a base of water and tomato paste, complemented by jalapenos, vinegar, and salt. It has a slightly red appearance and a slightly chunkier texture than the hot sauce. This, I find, is quite reminiscent of salsa, thanks to the notable emphasis on tomato and onion.

Diablo Sauce

This is a truly diabolical concoction from the fiery depths of Taco Bell. The Diablo Sauce is the hottest in the lineup, featuring a blend of aji panca, chipotle, and chili peppers. Unlike others who found the heat lower than they expected, I absolutely loved the kick it gave. However, I did notice it leans slightly towards a somewhat artificial, chemical-like taste rather than a well-rounded, authentic pepper profile.

Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Now, here’s a sauce that’s perfectly tailored for the masses. The Creamy jalapeño sauce from Taco Bell is a beautiful mild option with a light, fluffy texture. It carries a very subtle flavor of jalapeños mixed with ingredients like soybean oil, vinegar, jalapeno peppers, buttermilk, egg yolk, and chili powder. Its tanned color and slightly chunkier texture are fantastic for drizzling on tacos, as a dip for chips, or adding to burritos.

Red Enchilada Sauce

Taco Bell’s Red Enchilada Sauce packs all the flavor and none of the heat. Its ingredients include tomato puree, vinegar, chili spices, and more. Much like Del Taco’s sauces, it has all the flavor and a reeled-in heat. The sauce is deliciously balanced on top of their tacos, burritos, and other top-tier menu items. The ingredient combo also means it can be used on bean burritos and as an alternative to pizza sauce on Mexican pizzas.

Taco Bell red enchilada sauced taco on a plate.

Avocado Ranch Sauce

This Avocado Ranch sauce is a healthy and refreshing change from the already delicious ranch sauce. It’s a blend of ranch and avocado, offering a zesty and slightly sweet flavor that compliments practically everything on the menu. I love that its thick and creamy texture makes for a perfect accompaniment to dishes like Nachos Bell Grande. Even its light green color and flecks of darker green help it to stand out visually from other sauces.

Nacho-Cheese Sauce

A cheesy nacho surprise laced with flavor is what Taco Bell’s nacho sauce has in store for you. While it aims to mimic the look and feel of freshly shredded, melted cheese, it’s actually an entirely liquid product made from non-fat milk, whey, cellulose gum, and vegetable oil. They know the best ways to make cheese sauce thicker than they usually are. The only drawback is that once left to reach room temperature, it thickens and develops skin.

Spicy Ranch Sauce

The Spicy Ranch sauce variant presented by Taco Bell is a welcome and pleasant twist on the classic ranch sauce. With ingredients such as soybean oil, water, sugar, salt, egg yolks, buttermilk, and spices, where can you go wrong? It still retains that delicious creaminess you’d usually find with a traditional Ranch dressing. A tasty and appetite-clenching combo for the Gordita Crunch, Crunchwrap, and Spicy Potato Soft Taco.

Taco Bell spicy ranch sauced chicken taco on wooden board.

Chipotle Sauce

The classic Chipotle sauce made its way to Taco Bell’s menu, and it’s absolutely delicious. With strong notes of nacho cheese flavoring and a mild, non-spicy taste, it’s both creamy and light. The sauce is made from dried buttermilk, chipotle chili pepper puree, dried onion, dried garlic, and more. A perfect combination for sandwiches, salads, or BBQ. Each bite is as satisfying as the last.

🧐 FAQs

What is Taco Bell’s hottest sauce?

Taco Bell’s hottest sauce is the “Diablo” sauce. It’s made with a blend of spicy chili peppers and has a Scoville rating of 1,000-2,000.

Can you buy Taco Bell sauces in bottles?

Yes, you can buy Taco Bell sauces in bottles at select grocery stores and online retailers. The most popular sauces available for purchase are the “Mild,” “Hot,” and “Fire” sauces. 

What is the most popular Taco Bell sauce?

The most popular Taco Bell sauce is the “Fire” sauce. It has a medium level of heat and a smoky flavor that pairs well with a variety of menu items. The “Fire” sauce is a staple at Taco Bell and can be found at every location

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