Ah, Del Taco’s Secret Sauce – a flavor that takes me back to late-night food runs during my college years.
There’s something about that creamy, zesty sauce that transforms a simple taco into a memorable meal.
Years later, I found myself craving that distinct taste and knew I had to try recreating it at home.
After numerous attempts, and a few happy accidents, I finally crafted a version that brings back those fond memories with every spoonful.
Today, I’m excited to share this beloved recipe, a nod to the classic Del Taco Secret Sauce, with you.
- 1 What Do You Need To Make Del Taco Secret Sauce
- 2 How To Make Del Taco Secret Sauce
- 3 Other Things To Consider When Making Del Taco Secret Sauce
- 4 Del Taco Secret Sauce
What Do You Need To Make Del Taco Secret Sauce
Mayonnaise serves as the creamy base, substituting for the soybean oil and egg yolk found in the original recipe.
It provides a rich, velvety texture that is crucial for the sauce’s mouthfeel.
Buttermilk replaces the buttermilk solids in the original recipe, adding a fresh, tangy flavor.
Its slight acidity and richness enhance the creaminess of the sauce, giving it a distinct tang that balances the sweetness.
Sugar is added to provide a subtle sweetness, countering the tanginess of the buttermilk and vinegar.
It rounds out the flavors, ensuring the sauce isn’t overly acidic.
Vinegar replicates the tangy sharpness present in the original sauce.
It adds a zesty note that brightens up the overall flavor profile of the sauce.
Salt is a fundamental seasoning that enhances all the flavors in the sauce.
It brings out the individual flavors of the other ingredients, making the sauce more vibrant.
Cornstarch acts as a thickener, replacing the modified food starch used in the original recipe.
It helps achieve the desired consistency, making the sauce rich and smooth without altering its flavor.
How To Make Del Taco Secret Sauce
Step One: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Whisk these together until they form a smooth, uniform base.
Step Two: To this base, add 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir well to ensure that the sugar and salt are fully dissolved and evenly distributed throughout the sauce.
Step Three: In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a tablespoon of water to create a slurry. This will be used to thicken the sauce.
Step Four: Transfer the cornstarch mixture to a small saucepan. Heat it over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly. This should take just a few minutes. Once thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool down.
Step Five: Once the cornstarch mixture has cooled to room temperature, gradually whisk it into the mayonnaise and buttermilk mixture. Ensure that it is fully integrated to avoid any lumps.
Step Six: Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed. Depending on your preference, you might want to add a bit more salt or vinegar for an extra tang.
Step Seven: Cover the sauce and refrigerate it for at least one hour. This chilling period allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to achieve the right consistency.
Step Eight: Give the sauce a final stir before using it. The sauce is now ready to enhance your tacos, burritos, or as a delicious dipping sauce for your favorite snacks.
Other Things To Consider When Making Del Taco Secret Sauce
Experiment with Ingredient Ratios
The balance of ingredients can greatly affect the taste of your sauce. Adjusting the ratios of mayo, buttermilk, or vinegar can lead to subtle yet impactful changes in flavor.
Use your palate as a guide. If you prefer a tangier sauce, increase the vinegar. For a creamier texture, add more mayonnaise.
Choosing the Right Mayonnaise
The type of mayonnaise you use can make a big difference. Experiment with different brands to find one that suits your taste.
For a healthier version, try using low-fat or egg-free mayonnaise. Each type will lend a slightly different flavor and texture to your sauce.
Incorporating Fresh Ingredients
While the recipe calls for garlic and onion powders, using fresh garlic and onions can add a more vibrant flavor.
Be mindful of the quantities when using fresh ingredients, as they can be more potent than their powdered counterparts.
Spice It Up
If you enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or diced jalapeños to the sauce.
Spices can be layered to create depth. Experiment with different combinations to find a blend that excites your taste buds.
- Thickening Techniques: The desired thickness of the sauce can be achieved by adjusting the amount of cornstarch. Be cautious, as a little goes a long way.
- Smoothness: Ensure the sauce is smooth and free of lumps. Straining it through a fine sieve can help achieve a silky texture.
Storage and Shelf Life
- Proper Storage: Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness.
- Shelf Life: Homemade sauces usually last about a week when stored correctly. Always check for any signs of spoilage before use.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (dissolved in a tablespoon of water, for thickening)
- Combine Base Ingredients: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of buttermilk until smooth.
- Add Flavors: Stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the mayo-buttermilk mixture. Mix well to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Prepare Cornstarch Mixture: In a small bowl, create a slurry by dissolving 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a tablespoon of water.
- Cook Cornstarch Mixture: Transfer the cornstarch slurry to a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly. This should take a few minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Combine Mixtures: Once the cornstarch mixture has cooled, gradually whisk it into the mayo-buttermilk mixture. Stir until the sauce is smooth and the cornstarch is fully integrated.
- Adjust Seasoning: Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You might want to add a bit more salt or vinegar, depending on your preference.
- Chill the Sauce: Cover the sauce and refrigerate for at least one hour. This chilling time allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.
- Final Stir and Serve: Give the sauce a final stir before serving. Use it to enhance your tacos, burritos, or as a dipping sauce for your favorite snacks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 10gSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1g
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Hello, I’m Jeremy, a sauce enthusiast and taste trailblazer! My endless pursuit of new flavors has led me on a journey to master sauce making at home, along with try out a range of exciting brands and sauce offerings. Now I share my recipes, tips and recommendations on WeWantTheSauce to help fellow foodies find the perfect sauces.