I will admit that the first time I can remember eating a taco was during college at Taco Bell. I will also admit that I kind of liked it. (I am now grimacing. How could I have tolerated that "Grade D, but edible" meat? I know better now. I still love tacos though. We make them often enough here in my house. Whenever Taco Sauce was on sale at the store, I would buy a few bottles to have on hand. I was recently down to my last bottle of mild "Ortega". I just happened to glance at the ingredients and saw that right after the water was high fructose corn syrup. Really? A new mission: Homemade Taco Sauce.
It just so happens that a quick internet search showed that I was not the only one to go on this quest. There are quite a few. I was able to combine a few ideas from Food.com. I tweaked the recipe a bit.
What I came up with was a recipe that actually, according to my husband, is very similar to Ortega Taco Sauce. It's not completely mild. It has a small bit of bite to it, but it wasn't spicy where my kids wouldn't eat it.
- 15 Oz. tomato sauce
- 1 Tbl diced onion
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne powder (if you want it spicier, add a little more)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 2 Tbl white vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar