Taco Bell Lava Sauce copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Taco Bell Lava Sauce

Score: 3.40. Votes: 10
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Sales erupted at Taco Bell when the chain introduced the new Volcano Taco in September 2008. A red corn tortilla shell filled with standard taco ingredients including spiced ground beef, lettuce, and cheese, is topped with a super-spicy cheese-based secret ingredient called Lava Sauce that makes this product one of the chain's most successful new menu items. When the Volcano Taco was removed from stores three months after its launch, internet groups quickly formed demanding the product's hasty return. Those campaigns worked. The Volcano taco returned to stores as a permanent menu item, along with a new burrito that also features the Lava Sauce. But there's no need to go all the way to Taco Bell and beg for extra sauce if you want to spread the same spicy joy on your homemade Mexican-style creations. Get a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and use the powdered cheese inside to whip up your own Lava Sauce clone. Cayenne pepper cranks the sauce up to 800 Scoville units of heat compared to Taco Bell's Fire Sauce at 500 Scoville units, which makes this the hottest stuff you can get at the chain. Now, with this secret formula, you can adjust the heat up or down to your preference just by playing with the amount of cayenne you add. You can also make the sauce lower in fat by using reduced-fat mayo.

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  • 5 teaspoons powdered cheese (from 7.25 oz. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • Pinch onion powder
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      Taco Bell
    • Instructions

      1. Whisk water and vinegar into the powdered cheese in a medium bowl until a paste is formed.

      2. Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover, and chill for several hours.

      Makes 1/2 cup.

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Score: 3.40. Votes: 10
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Nick Belanger
May 5, 2019, 12:21

I got this recipe over 5 years ago - I've made it for several Potlucks. All said it was very good but there's something slightly different -- I think it's due to the fact I made 4x the amount and I guess it doesn't exactly increase proportionally as I expected as when I do the recipe exact, I get rave reviews.

Sharisse Ponder
Oct 19, 2014, 22:00

We love spicy, and loved the volcano tacos Taco bell used to serve. Now we can have them all the time with this sauce! I have made it for company and they like it better than Taco Bell's!!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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