Rating: 4.86 stars
155 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 136
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Simple and easy to make. Competes with any brand you buy off a grocery store shelf at a fraction of the price.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Stir tomato sauce, water, vinegar, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper together in a saucepan over low heat; cook at a simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Cool sauce slightly before serving.

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Cook's Note:

This recipe makes enough for three separate meals for a family of four. I divide the finished batch into thirds, using the first at that meal and freezing the remaining two servings, divided into small freezer bags.

Nutrition Facts

15 calories; protein 0.7g; carbohydrates 3.1g; fat 0.2g; sodium 351.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (116)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2015
All of these sauces can be tweaked to suit the individual. Here's what I did to make it suit my taste: Make that two tablespoons of chili powder. Forget the onion an garlic powder, add the real stuff by putting all of the ingredients in a blender plus 3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 onion. The secret thing to make this sauce even better is to simmer it for at least an hour to bring out the flavor of the fresh onions and garlic. Read More
(76)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2019
I made this today. It’s good. I think it’s a little too tomatoey for taco sauce. Read More
(4)
155 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 136
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2015
All of these sauces can be tweaked to suit the individual. Here's what I did to make it suit my taste: Make that two tablespoons of chili powder. Forget the onion an garlic powder, add the real stuff by putting all of the ingredients in a blender plus 3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 onion. The secret thing to make this sauce even better is to simmer it for at least an hour to bring out the flavor of the fresh onions and garlic. Read More
(76)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
A great tasting sauce without having a prominent vinegar flavor as some major brands do. The sauce wow factor can be changed by adding or subtracting the amount of cayenne. This has a mild spiciness as per ingredients so next time I will double the cayenne. This has a good consistency that will hold well on your tacos or even as a dip. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2017
Really good flavor. I'll never buy taco sauce again !! Recently went to a friends house where they were having tacos and noticed a "Honey Chipotle" name brand sauce, came home tweaked this recipe . Can not tell the difference between the two. Read More
(11)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2017
Really good, made it twice now. I usually only have tomato paste on hand so I add water to get the right consistency and just skip the water listed in the recipe. Also, I've used red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar because it's all I had and still tastes great. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2015
Excellent flavor, easy to alter so that it isn't too spicy. Much better than store-bought. Thanks. Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
07/12/2019
I made this today. It’s good. I think it’s a little too tomatoey for taco sauce. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2015
This was really good! I love the fact that I had the ingredients in the house & didn't have to go to the store (my whole reason for making it homade). The family love it, thanks for sharing! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2015
Why aren't there more reviews on this sauce? This stuff is amazing - far superior to anything in the store. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2016
Love this! I was looking for an alternative to overly processed store bought options and this fit the bill. Read More
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