Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce is an easy way to make your own salsa for tacos, tostadas, and burritos right from your kitchen.
Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Homemade  smooth taco sauce is my recipe  of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. There are new topics each Sunday for the group  to post recipes. And this week Camilla  Mann suggested we post salsa or salsa related recipes.

I chose to  make homemade smooth taco  sauce, which  is similar to the kind you might get at Taco Bell in  packets. And it is very easy  to  make, whipped up  in minutes in the blender.

Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

How to Make Taco Sauce From  Scratch

You can easily make taco sauce  from scratch using tomato paste, peppers, onions and spices by pureeing in a blender or food processor until it  is smooth.  And no one need know it’s not a gourmet bottled sauce.

What Ingredients are in Taco Sauce?

Taco sauce typically contains tomatoes, onion and some sort of chili. The pepper is often a milder green chili or lesser amounts of hotter peppers. The onion rounds out the spice additions.

How is Taco  Sauce Different from Salsa Fresca?

Taco sauce is often cooked, but sometimes not. You cook it if you want to break  down tomato chunks so it is smooth in the puree. Salsa fresca, or a table salsa, is always made with chopped tomatoes with spices and sometimes peppers and onion  with cilantro. This is the most commonly known, served at restaurant everywhere.

What are some Other Uses for Taco Sauce?

Besides being used with tacos, or as a salsa for other Tex-Mex foods, such as tostadas, burritos and enchiladas, you can use taco sauce as a basting sauce for grilled foods. Also it’s perfect for dipping chips or drizzling over nachos.

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Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

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Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

Homemade Smooth Taco Sauce

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Condiments, Pantry Staples, sauces
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 3 cups


  • Blender or food processor


  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup jalapeno pepper brine (from jar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Place dried minced onion in boiling water and allow to cool.
  • Place softened onions in blender or food processor with all remaining ingredients and puree.
  • Refrigerate until needed.


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5 responses

  1. This sounds beyond delcious. I would have never guessed about the pickled pepper brine. This is going on my must make list.

  2. Love this recipe. How long will it last in the refrigerator? Have you ever tried preserving it using a water bath? I’m thinking this might make nice additions to the homemade canned goods I give as gifts.

    • I haven’t tried doing a water bath on it. It is fairly low in acidity so pressure canning would probably do better. You can use wine making test strips for pH to be sure. As for fridge life, probably 6-8 weeks. If it separates, shake it back up but you can tell if it goes bad by either mold or fermentation.

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