Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

How to make Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce


½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

3 Tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice (from a jar of pickled jalapenos)

3 Tablespoons pickled jalapenos (diced)

2 teaspoon paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic granules

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

½ teaspoon chili powder


In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together.

Nutrition Information:

YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving:


Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream?

Yes, Greek yogurt can be a suitable substitute for sour cream in this recipe, but it might alter the flavor slightly.

Is there a difference between pickled jalapeno juice and regular jalapeno juice?

Pickled jalapeno juice has a tangy and slightly acidic flavor due to the pickling process.

If you only have regular jalapeno juice, the sauce might lack the desired tanginess.

Can I adjust the spice level of the sauce?

Absolutely! You can control the spice level by adjusting the amount of pickled jalapenos, jalapeno juice, or chili powder to suit your taste.

How long will this sauce stay fresh in the refrigerator?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this sauce should stay fresh for about 1-2 weeks.

Always check for any signs of spoilage before using.

Can I use fresh jalapenos instead of pickled ones?

Yes, you can use fresh jalapenos, but it will alter the flavor profile.

Pickled jalapenos add a tangy and slightly sweet element to the sauce.

Is there a suitable alternative for mayonnaise for a lighter version?

You can use plain yogurt or a combination of yogurt and mayonnaise for a lighter version of the sauce.

What are some dishes I can use this sauce for, other than quesadillas?

This versatile sauce is great for tacos, burritos, wraps, grilled chicken, and even as a dipping sauce for various appetizers.

Can I make a larger batch and store it for later use?

Yes, you can double or triple the recipe and store the excess sauce in the refrigerator.

Ensure it’s kept in a sealed container.

Can I use powdered garlic and onion instead of granules?

Yes, you can use powdered garlic and onion as a substitute.

Adjust the quantity to your taste preference.

Can I make this sauce ahead of time for a party or event?

Absolutely! In fact, the flavors tend to meld and improve after a few hours of refrigeration, so making it in advance is a great idea for parties or gatherings.

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