Come across a recipe that calls for Baja sauce? Perhaps you’ve even seen this condiment on a menu somewhere or being sold? Either way, you’ll want to know what it is, what it tastes like, and how to use it. Here is all you need to know.
So, what is Baja sauce? Baja sauce is a creamy sauce with a hint of heat – it is made mostly from mayonnaise and includes jalapeno peppers. It is most commonly eaten with Tacos, Burrito, or Fajitas and made popular by the Taco Bell restaurant franchise.
That’s it in a nutshell, but you likely still have some questions.
So, let us now get onto them!
What Is Baja Sauce Made Of?
Typical recipes of Baja sauce are made from mayonnaise, a variation of chili pepper (most often jalapeno), and a range of different herbs and spices. It often includes lime juice and sometimes includes egg yolks and parmesan cheese.
This is a sauce that can vary in terms of ingredients.
I’ve seen various different home-made recipes that use very different ingredients.
For instance, here is the recipe for one popular Baja sauce:
And here is another:
And then, there is the popular Taco Bell Baja sauce. Here is the ingredients for that:
So, as you can see, it really does vary.
There certainly is overlap, but many different recipes use different ingredients.
That is certainly something to be aware of.
In fact, two Baja sauce recipes are rarely the same.
But what is common among all of them is the taste they try to create.
As we shall see below.
What Does Baja Sauce Taste Like?
Baja sauce is smooth and creamy. It often packs a little spice and heat too. Sometimes it is a little tart and tangy, and other times it’s a little more cheesy.
Neverthless, for the most part, it will taste like spicy mayonnaise.
You may get some variations of flavors here and there, so you will need to consult the ingredient list, labels, or recipe to get an understanding of any other flavor introductions.
Can You Buy Baja Sauce?
You can buy Taco Bell Baja sauce, and you can do so at the large grocery store chains and online, on sites like Amazon.
For instance, you can see the Taco Bell Baja sauce for sale over at Walmart here.
Or alternatively, you can see it here on Krogers website.
And you can pick it up either in-store, or get it delivered.
At the same time, you will also find it available for purchase on Amazon too.
But that really is it, in terms of brands and options.
This is a sauce that for the most part, you will need to make at home following a recipe.
At least if you do not want the Taco Bell version.
In reality, there is not any other publically available brand for purchase.
What To Eat Baja Sauce With
Baja sauce is most commonly eaten with Fish Tacos, and you will find a range of recipe ideas online for this particular dish.
That being said, this creamy sauce is sometimes used as the base of slaw, or eaten with chicken quesadillas.
Alternatively, some people use Baja sauce for burritos and fajitas too.
So there is a definite association with Mexican cuisine here.
Nevertheless, there is nothing stopping you trying this sauce with other foods too.
It is versatile and if you like your spicy creamy mayo, then this is simply a variation of that.
So you can try it:
- In sandwiches,
- On potatoes,
- With steamed vegetables,
- With finger foods, such as chicken nuggests,
- With fried seafood – such as breaded shrimp,
- As a dipping sauce for tortilla chips,
- Drizzled over salads.
Baja sauce is a wonderfully creamy sauce with a hint of heat that pairs so well with fish tacos.
While it has perhaps mostly been associated with Taco Bell, this is a sauce that is widely used throughout the world with many interesting and unique recipes to follow.
So do give it a try; either by buying the Taco Bell version, or better yet, making some from scratch and seeing what you think.
I highly doubt that you’ll be disappointed.
It makes a terrific change, at least.
Hi there. I’m Jeremy – a passionate food technologist with several decades in the food industry. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my experience, knowledge, and recommendations; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to nutrition for every sauce imaginable.