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This homemade Taco Sauce recipe is a super easy to make condiment recipe made with tomato sauce and spices. It is very likely you already have all the ingredients you need to make this right in your pantry! This recipe is as simple as opening a can of sauce, adding some spices, a bit of sweet and acid, and simmering it over the stovetop for a few minutes to thicken.

Homemade Taco Sauce is delicious on Loaded Nachos, Turkey Tostadas, and I love it on scrambled eggs or omelettes. I also use it as an ingredient in our favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe for Chipotle Cranberry Sauce.

Homemade Taco Sauce in a glass jar with a red cap

Why Buy When You Can Make It At Home

With the way 2020 has been going, I have been making a lot of staples that I used to just buy in the store right at home. Since I have been doing so, I realize, the stuff we buy in the store really has too many ingredients in it that I just don’t want to consume.

This recipe is so simple. Those who love their Mexican or Tex-Mex recipes the way I do will love being able to make this sauce and have it on hand. And, they will feel good knowing they aren’t adding a bunch of preservatives or things like modified food starch to their sauce. 

Pouring sauce into a glass jar

What You Need To Make Homemade Taco Sauce 

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Tomato Sauce is one thing I will buy in a can if I don’t have home canned tomato sauce in my pantry. My favorite store bought tomato sauce is this one.

Distilled vinegar is used to give a bit of tang to this homemade taco sauce. 

Dark brown sugar is used to cut the acidity of the tomatoes and balances out the flavors.

A blend of spices to include: cumin, onion and garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.

homemade taco sauce in storage jar

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

  • Substitute lime juice for vinegar.
  • Substitute maple syrup, light brown sugar, or granulated sugar.
  • Use 1 1/2 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning in place of the spices.
  • Store the homemade taco sauce in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
  • Freeze for up to 6 months in an airtight freezer safe container. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight or run warm water for a few minutes to thaw.

More Homemade Condiment Recipes You May Like

Pico de Gallo

Homemade Basil Pesto

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Green Enchilada Sauce

Easy Pickled Red Onions

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Pistachio Pesto

Roasted Strawberry Chipotle Sauce

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homemade taco sauce in storage jar
Yield: 21

Homemade Taco Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

A naturally low carb recipe made with a blend of tomato sauce and spices for a delicious taco sauce that is excellent for topping tacos, nachos, and more.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

    1. In a medium sized saucepan, over medium-heat, whisk together the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, cumin onion powder, garlic powder, salt, brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.  whisking spices into sauce
    2. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. simmering sauce on the stove

Notes

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

  • Substitute lime juice for vinegar.
  • Substitute maple syrup, light brown sugar, or granulated sugar.
  • Use 1 1/2 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning in place of the spices.
  • Store the homemade taco sauce in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
  • Freeze for up to 6 months in an airtight freezer safe container. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight or run warm water for a few minutes to thaw.

Nutrition Information

Yield

21

Serving Size

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving Calories 7Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

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