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Homemade Taco Sauce

Homemade Taco Sauce is quick, easy, and soooo delicious! All you need is 20 minutes, tomato sauce, vinegar, and spices you probably already have in your cabinet. Bye-bye, bottled sauce!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 16 (2 tablespoons each - recipe makes about 2 cups total)
Calories: 14kcal
Author: Michelle | Now Cook This!


  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional, more or less to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Remove from heat and let the sauce cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Refrigerate leftover sauce for up to a week or freeze for longer-term storage.