The Ultimate Fire Sauce Recipe for Bold Taste

Welcome to my fiery recipe for “Fire” Sauce! If you’re a fan of hot sauces, this recipe is definitely for you. Inspired by the popular Taco Bell Fire Sauce, this homemade version packs a punch of heat and flavor that will leave your taste buds feeling alive. Whether you’re spicing up your tacos or adding a kick to your morning eggs, this sauce will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.

I’ve always been a firm believer that homemade is better than store-bought, and this recipe is no exception. Making your own hot sauce allows you to customize the ingredients and heat level to your liking. Plus, it’s a fun and rewarding project for any home cook. Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to the pre-made stuff.

But don’t be intimidated by the name “Fire” Sauce. While it definitely has some heat, the combination of spices and vinegar gives it a depth of flavor that will keep you coming back for more. So, grab your apron and let’s get started on making the ultimate hot sauce.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

” Fire” Sauce

Are you tired of the same old boring hot sauces that lack flavor and depth? Look no further, because this Fire Sauce recipe is here to spice up your taste buds and put the fire back in your belly.

What sets this sauce apart from the rest is its perfect balance of heat and flavor. With a combination of cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and just a hint of sugar, this sauce packs a punch without overwhelming your taste buds.

Plus, it’s incredibly versatile. Use it as a dipping sauce for chicken, tofu, or noodles, or add it to your favorite dishes like spaghetti sauce or stir fry for an extra kick. You can even use it as a marinade for buldak or Korean-style hot wings.

This Fire Sauce recipe is also a copycat of the popular Taco Bell sauce, so you can enjoy the taste of your favorite fast-food restaurant from the comfort of your own home. But don’t let that fool you – this sauce is so much more than just a copycat. It’s a recipe that has been perfected over time with just the right amount of ingredients to create a sauce that’s truly unique and delicious.

So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s not just a hot sauce, it’s a flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more. Try it out and see for yourself why it’s become a favorite among hot sauce lovers everywhere.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to spice things up with our fiery sauce!
Get ready to spice things up with our fiery sauce!

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients we will need to make this Fire Sauce. You might recognize the name as it is a copycat recipe of Taco Bell’s famous hot sauce. However, this version has a little extra kick to it, perfect for those who love spicy food. Don’t worry, it’s not so hot that it will make you breathe fire, but it definitely has a good amount of heat. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:


  • Tomato paste (3 tbsp): Tomato paste is the base of this sauce, giving it a rich and thick texture.

  • Water (3 cups): Water is needed to thin out the tomato paste and make it into a sauce.

  • Vinegar (½ cup): Vinegar adds a tangy flavor to the sauce and balances out the sweetness from the sugar.

  • Sugar (1 ½ tsp): Sugar adds sweetness to the sauce and helps to balance out the heat from the chili powder and cayenne pepper.

  • Salt (½ tsp): Salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and helps to balance out the sweetness.

  • Onion powder (1 tsp): Onion powder adds a savory flavor to the sauce.

  • Garlic powder (1 tsp): Garlic powder adds a subtle garlic flavor to the sauce.

  • Chili powder (1 tsp): Chili powder adds a smoky and spicy flavor to the sauce.

  • Cayenne pepper (½ tsp): Cayenne pepper adds a lot of heat to the sauce, so use it sparingly if you’re sensitive to spice.

  • Cornstarch (1 tbsp): Cornstarch helps to thicken the sauce and give it a more sauce-like consistency.

  • Jalapeno slices (1 tbsp): Jalapeno slices add an extra kick of heat and a little bit of texture to the sauce.

Once you have all of your ingredients ready, it’s time to get started on making this delicious Fire Sauce.

The Recipe How-To

 This sauce is not for the faint of heart!
This sauce is not for the faint of heart!

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, let’s dive into the recipe. First, combine the 3 cups of water, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, and all the seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and salt) in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Next, add the cornstarch to the mixture and whisk until the cornstarch has dissolved. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.

Remove the saucepan from heat and let the sauce cool for a few minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until the sauce becomes smooth. Add jalapeno slices and blend again to incorporate them.

Finally, transfer the sauce to a container and let it cool to room temperature before using it. Store the Fire Sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

And there you have it, your very own homemade Fire Sauce! This sauce is perfect for adding a spicy kick to your tacos, burritos, or any other Mexican-inspired dish. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect condiment for those who love a little heat.
The perfect condiment for those who love a little heat.

If you’re looking to switch things up with the fire sauce recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make.

Firstly, if you’re looking for a milder version, you can reduce the amount of cayenne pepper and chili powder that you use. On the other hand, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to kick things up a notch, you can add in some extra chili powder or even some diced jalapeño.

For those who are looking to make this recipe vegan or vegetarian-friendly, you can easily swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth. You can also use tofu instead of chicken, which will add a different texture to the sauce.

If you’re looking to make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute the cornstarch with tapioca starch or arrowroot powder.

For those who are looking for additional flavor, you can try adding in some additional spices such as smoked paprika or garlic powder. You can also experiment with different types of vinegar, such as apple cider or balsamic, to add a unique twist to the sauce.

Finally, if you’re looking to pair this sauce with something other than tacos, there are a variety of options. This sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or french fries, served over spaghetti, or even used as a marinade for grilled meats.

Overall, the possibilities for substitutions and variations with this fire sauce recipe are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different flavors and ingredients to make this recipe your own.

Serving and Pairing

 One taste and you'll feel the heat of a thousand suns.
One taste and you’ll feel the heat of a thousand suns.

This Fire Sauce Recipe is a versatile condiment that pairs well with many dishes. It is a perfect accompaniment to any Mexican or Tex-Mex dish, such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and nachos. The fire sauce also goes well with grilled meats, especially chicken and tofu. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for vegetables or chips.

For a classic combo, serve this sauce with a side of rice and beans, and top with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime. The sauce also complements spaghetti sauce, adding a spicy kick to the pasta dish.

If you are feeling adventurous, try using the fire sauce in a Korean-inspired dish. The sauce works well as a marinade for chicken or tofu and can be used as a dipping sauce for noodles.

For those who love a spicy kick, this sauce can be paired with a variety of hot sauces, such as Dragon Sauce or Earth Dragon. It also pairs well with other hot sauces, such as Red Robin’s Campfire Sauce or Buldak sauce.

Overall, the Fire Sauce Recipe is a versatile and flavorful condiment that can enhance the taste of many dishes. Get creative and try pairing it with different foods to discover new flavor combinations.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's time to add some
It’s time to add some “fire” to your meal!

One of the best things about this Fire Sauce Recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored easily for later use. You can make a large batch of the sauce and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months.

To store the sauce, wait until it has cooled down to room temperature and then transfer it to an airtight container. I recommend using glass jars or bottles to store the sauce as they are less likely to absorb any flavors or odors from the sauce. Label the container with the date and contents, so you know when it was made and what it is.

When it comes to reheating the sauce, there are a few options. You can reheat it on the stovetop, in the microwave, or simply serve it cold. If you’re reheating the sauce, I recommend doing so slowly over low heat on the stovetop, stirring occasionally until the sauce is heated through.

If you’re using the sauce as a marinade, you can marinate your protein in the sauce and store it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. The longer the protein marinades, the more flavorful it will be.

Another great way to use the Fire Sauce Recipe is as a spaghetti sauce. Simply heat up the sauce in a pot, add cooked spaghetti, and mix it all together. This will create a delicious and spicy spaghetti dish that is perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Overall, the Fire Sauce Recipe is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. It’s easy to make ahead of time, store, and reheat, making it the perfect sauce for any occasion.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This sauce is the perfect addition to any dish that needs a kick.
This sauce is the perfect addition to any dish that needs a kick.

Now that you know how to make the perfect Fire Sauce, let me give you some tips to make it even better.

Firstly, I highly recommend using fresh ingredients, especially fresh garlic and onion instead of using the powdered versions. The natural oils and flavors in fresh ingredients will make the sauce taste much better.

Secondly, make sure to taste the sauce as you go along. Adjust the seasoning as needed to make it to your liking. If you like it spicier, add more cayenne pepper or chili powder. If you prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

Another tip is to let the sauce simmer for at least 10 minutes after all the ingredients have been added. This will allow the flavors to meld together and intensify the taste.

For a thicker sauce, you can add a slurry of cornstarch and water to the sauce. Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water and add it to the sauce, stirring until it thickens.

If you want to make the sauce ahead of time, let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop when you’re ready to use it.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of the recipe. You can add different spices or herbs to make it more unique, or adjust the sweetness or spiciness to your taste. The possibilities are endless!

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the perfect Fire Sauce every time. So go ahead, and let your taste buds run wild with this fiery sauce!


Before you dive into the kitchen to make this delicious Fire Sauce Recipe, it’s important to address any questions you may have about the recipe. In this section, we’ll cover some of the most commonly asked questions about this sauce recipe, including ingredient substitutions, storage and reheating tips, and other helpful information. Read on to ensure that you have everything you need to make this recipe a success.

What is fire sauce made of?

For this recipe, we will need a few key ingredients – water, tomato puree, jalapeno peppers, vinegar, and salt. Additionally, we will use some other flavorful ingredients like red jalapeno pepper puree, chili pepper, onions, and spices. To help with texture and consistency, we will also use modified food starch, xanthan gum, and maltodextrin. Finally, to preserve the sauce, we will use sodium benzoate and acetic acid.

Why is fire sauce so good?

Before the introduction of Diablo sauce, Fire sauce from Taco Bell was known for its intense spiciness. However, unlike its successor, Fire sauce has a unique balance of heat and flavor. This is due to its primary ingredient being jalapeño pepper, giving it a more complex flavor profile akin to a pepper sauce. This sauce is perfect for those who want to add some heat to their dishes without compromising on taste.

What are the ingredients in Taco Bell fire sauce?

This salsa recipe is a combination of water, tomato puree made from tomato paste, jalapeno peppers, vinegar, salt, and other flavorful ingredients. It also contains red jalapeno pepper puree, chili pepper, onions, modified food starch, dried onions, yeast extract, xanthan gum, dextrose, sodium benzoate as a preservative, potassium chloride, maltodextrin, acetic acid, and dried spices. Get ready to enjoy a delicious and spicy salsa!

Is fire sauce healthy?

The Fire sauce’s ingredients contain sodium, which helps maintain the balance of fluids in the body and regulate blood pressure. Additionally, the sauce includes potassium chloride, which can aid in proper nerve and muscle function, as well as kidney health.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Fire Sauce recipe is the perfect addition to any spicy food lover’s recipe collection. It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and can be customized to your taste preferences. Whether you want to replicate the Taco Bell Fire Sauce or create your own version, this recipe has got you covered.

With its bold and fiery flavors, this sauce is sure to elevate any dish, from buldak chicken to spaghetti sauce. It can also be used as a dipping sauce, marinade, or even as a condiment on sandwiches and burgers.

So why settle for store-bought hot sauce when you can make your own delicious Fire Sauce at home? Give this recipe a try and let your taste buds experience the heat and flavor of this fiery sauce. Trust me, it’s worth it.

” Fire” Sauce Recipe

I can’t seem to make enough of this sauce–and I triple the recipe every time. My family uses it on eggs, hash browns, taco’s and burritos (of course). So, if you like this type of thing, this is the sauce for you!

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced canned jalapeno slices
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (Mexican, if you have it)
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Combine the tomato paste and water in a saucepan.
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the tomato mixture.
  4. Heat over medium/high heat until it begins to boil.
  5. Continue to cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. When sauce has cooled, pour into a glass airtight container and refrigerate.
  8. Stores well in the refrigerator.
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