How To Make Taco Sauce

I don’t know about you, but I love tacos.  To paraphrase Ben Franklin, “Tacos are a gift from God because he wants us to be happy!”

Why tacos?

Because they work great with almost any filling.

Beef Tacos – You bet
Tripe Tacos – That too
Chicken Tacos – They’re great
Pork Tacos – Amazing
Fish Tacos – Surprisingly good
Venison Tacos – Very tasty – if you can find them
Duck Tacos – Another delicacy
Tofu Tacos – Why not
Egg Tacos – Great for breakfast
Vegetarian Tacos – You can – but WHY?

Despite these amazing fillings, there’s always a problem.

Often, I find my tacos are missing something… they are missing the heat and kick you need from a good taco hot sauce.

Now, I’m not talking blow your head off and spin around three times heat.

I don’t want heat that makes me feel sick. I want heat, and flavor.

At most taco shops, they have the standard – bottled brands.

You could go grab a bottle of Cholula or Tabasco?

And when I’m eating out… that’s what I do.

But when I’m making tacos at home, there are much better options.

So, why not make an amazing homemade taco sauce just for your tacos?!?

Living in the Southwest, we get some great Mexican food… and tacos are king of the hill here.

So having your own homemade taco sauce is critical.

And here’s the thing, it’s got to be good on every type of taco.

So today, I’m going to share with you two different taco sauce recipes… I promise they’ll knock your socks off!

Homemade Taco Sauce

I love this taco sauce.

The addition of cumin and liquid smoke really take it to the next level.

Taco Sauce Ingredients

1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Diced White Onions
1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
1 Cup Diced Jalapeno (keep the seeds for additional heat)
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
4 Cloves Garlic Minced
½ Teaspoon Mustard Powder
¼ Teaspoon Liquid Smoke Mesquite
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1½ Cups Water (to cook)
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

Homemade Taco Sauce Directions

  • Add the oil, onions, and jalapeno to a pan over medium high heat.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes – until the onions are soft.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then blend till smooth.
  • Add additional vinegar to get the perfect consistency / taste.

Refrigerate this hot sauce, use within a few days.

Another Homemade Taco Sauce

Now, here’s another variation of a great taco sauce.

This one is a little more mild and sweeter, but just as good.

Taco Sauce Ingredients

2 Cups Diced Tomatoes
6 Chopped Green Onions
½ Cup Cilantro
1½ Teaspoons Cumin Powder
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
½ Teaspoon Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Diced Jalapenos (seeds removed)
½ Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoon Lime Juice

Homemade Taco Sauce Directions

  • Add all the ingredients to a pan over medium high heat.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then blend till smooth.
  • Add additional Water to get the perfect consistency.

Refrigerate this hot sauce, use within a few days.

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About the Author: Hi I'm Elizabeth Adams, Chief Editor here at As you're probably guessed by now, I love all things hot sauce related. I put it on EVERYTHING and love trying out new hot sauces-- especially new and unique ones.