creamy chipotle sauce

creamy chipotle sauce

Maybe a few dollars is breaking the bank for you, or maybe you are one of those people who likes to ‘eat healthy’. Either way this copy cat recipe of Taco Bell’s quesadilla will change your life.

The taco bell secret menu to the awesomeness of the Taco Bell quesadilla is their bold chipotle sauce. It gives the quesadilla a smoky flavor an makes the cheese extra creamy. To my surprise they sell this sauce at grocery stores and it is great drizzled over any type of south American fare.

I, however, hate purchasing things I know I could make, so I have included a recipe for their sauce also! You can slather this homemade sauce over anything you would like as well. Just keep it covered and refrigerated for up to a week.

If you do happen to be a healthy eater you can use sour cream or greek yogurt in replace of mayonnaise in the sauce recipe for a low calorie sauce. And feel free to go vegetarian and use vegetables instead of chicken. I have had great success with beans, potatoes, corn, and bell peppers.

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla Copycat Recipe
Makes 2 large quesadillas
2 (10-inch) burrito size tortillas
1 cup chopped grilled chicken
1/4 cup Taco Bell Bold and Creamy Chipotle Sauce (recipe below)
1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese

Lay each tortilla on a clean surface. Spread 2 tablespoons sauce onto each tortilla. Sprinkle chicken evenly on top of sauce. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top of chicken.


layer sauce, chicken, and cheese on top of tortilla

Fold each tortilla in half and place onto a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place another skillet on top of quesadilla to press.


place another skillet on top to press

Cook3 minutes on each side or until brown and crisp. Let cool slightly before cutting into wedges.

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

Taco Bell Bold and Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Makes about 1 cup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon canned chipolte in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
In a small bowl stir together all ingredients until combined.

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