Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Quesadilla Sauce (Copycat)

Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Quesadilla Sauce (Copycat) is easy, tangy, and just spicy enough. Made with paprika, pickled jalapeños, and cayenne pepper.

This simple Quesadilla sauce makes the perfect topping for all your favorite Mexican Dinners. Apart from quesadillas, you can serve it up with Oven Baked Beef Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas or any of your other favorite Mexican recipes.

Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeño Quesadilla Sauce in bowl


We love easy recipes that make it possible to enjoy your favorite restaurant food from the comfort of your own home. This sauce is the perfect copycat of Taco Bell’s creamy jalapeño sauce. You can find this sauce on all Taco Bell’s most iconic quesadillas. Nothing’s better than a fresh cooked quesadilla with this slightly spicy sauce. Making the quesadilla and sauce yourself just makes it even more satisfying.

Between hot sauce, Chipotle Sauce, sour cream and Guacamole there’s no end the the delicious toppings you can serve with Mexican dinners. This easy recipe is just one more option to add to the table for your next Mexican dinner night. You can either cook the sauce into your quesadillas or put it out as an optional dipping sauce.

If you’re looking for a new go-to sauce that’s creamy and spicy, then this is the one for you. It’s made with flavorful ingredients like pickled jalapeños, white vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Those flavorful and spicy ingredients are mixed with mayonnaise and sour cream to make them into a creamy mixture that you can serve over tacos, quesadillas, or burritos.



This easy sauce recipe is perfect to serve with an easy chicken quesadilla. Once you have the Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce in the fridge all that’s left to do is make the chicken quesadilla. Here’s a recipe for 4 Taco Bell Quesadillas.

  1. Toss 4 cups of shredded chicken breast with half of the Taco Bell sauce, until coated.
  2. Put one of the flour tortillas in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Top with American cheese and ½ cup of chicken. Sprinkle with shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Place a second tortilla on top. Cook for about 2 minutes until the tortilla is golden, then flip and cook the other side.
  3. Repeat this for the other 3 quesadillas.
  4. Slice the Taco Bell Quesadillas into wedges. Serve with the remaining sauce for dipping.

Quesadillas are such an easy recipe to make quickly. You can keep this sauce in the fridge and cook up some quick quesadillas for lunch, then just take it out as a dipping sauce. It takes simple recipes to a whole new level. 

Taco Bell Quesarito on plate


  • Creamy Cheese Sauce: Make your sauce even creamier by adding some cheddar cheese to the recipe. Start by making the cheese sauce. Combine ½ cup milk, 2 teaspoons flour, and 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese to a sauce pan. Once they’ve melted and cooked together you can mix the cheese sauce with your Taco Bell Sauce.
  • Jalapeno Sauce: Try making this sauce extra hot by adding some more jalapeno to the recipe. Add some extra jalapeno slices to the sauce. Make sure to dice them thinly before mixing them in. You could also add in a few teaspoons of jalapeno juice if you want the flavor but not the jalapeno chunks.
  • More add-ins: There are plenty of other spices that go well with this Taco Bell sauce. Try adding in some cumin, coriander, chiles and oregano.
  • Mild Quesadilla Sauce: You can easily adjust the ingredients in your recipe to change up the flavor and make it more mild. Try reducing the jalapeños and cayenne pepper if the sauce is too spicy for you. Any of the other ingredients can also be adjusted according to your taste. Another good thing about making this sauce yourself is that you can make adjustments and experiment until it’s perfect for you.



  • Serve: Wait to serve Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce until after you’ve refrigerated it for at least an hour. Don’t leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Kept in an airtight container you can serve this sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freeze: Because of the mayonnaise in the sauce, freezing this recipe won’t work well.

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Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Quesadilla Sauce (Copycat)

Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Quesadilla Sauce (Copycat) is easy, tangy, and just spicy enough. Made with paprika, pickled jalapeños, and cayenne pepper.
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced pickled jalapenos
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Add ingredients to bowl and whisk until well combined.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before using.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Quesadilla Sauce (Copycat)

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. SUPER picante sauce with all that cayenne and jalapenos!!!! And I like hot spicy foods. Threw the whole bowl out, after trying it. YIKES!!! The recipe has potential, though. Will try it with a dash or two of cayenne, instead of 1/4 tsp.

    1. Literally only one tablespoon of jalapeño lmao. Ur literally on a food blog looking at a JALAPEÑO CREAM SAUCE WHAT DID U EXPECT and have the audacity to give the blogger 3 stars lmao like ur embarrassing

  2. OMG I’m so excited for this! Thank you for all the Taco Bell recipes, I can’t wait to try them!
    Do you think you can fix the Taco Bell Ground Beef link? It says that the recipe is not found :/

  3. Looks awesome. We get this one sometimes on our burritos, but also we get that “Creamy Chipotle Sauce” too. If you want or can, in future, maybe make that one too. Because these sauces are good on burritos, tacos, or almost anything Mexican.