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Baja Sauce Recipe for Fish Tacos

Fish tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are not complete without this irresistibly rich Baja sauce!

Creamy with a fun kick, Baja sauce has a perfect blend of flavors.

It comes together in a snap and holds well in the fridge. So be sure to make double – you’ll need it!

Creamy Baja sauce scooped with a spoon in a small dish bowl.

What is Baja Sauce?

This sauce, which was first introduced by Taco Bell, is a fusion of Mexican and Southern California flavors.

In case you’re not familiar, Baja California is a sovereign state in Mexico.

Sadly, Taco Bell discontinued the sauce years ago. But it’s okay because the one you’re about to make is a pretty fantastic copycat.

Baja sauce is a smooth and creamy condiment with a predominantly rich flavor.

It has notes of tanginess from lime juice, mild heat from spices, and smokiness from ancho chile.

Served chilled, it’s the perfect topping for fish tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more.

What Does Baja Sauce Taste Like?

It’s much like ranch dressing, but with extra oomph. It’s rich and creamy with a little bit of tanginess and heat.

That’s why it works so well with tacos! You get heat, but it’s nice and cool at the same time. Yum!

Baja sauce ingredients made with lime juice, sour cream, ancho chili powder, mayonnaise, old bay and cilantro.

What is Baja Sauce Made Of?

There are quite a few recipes out there, and they’re mostly the same. But I prefer this version because it’s simple and always delivers.

  • Sour Cream and Mayonnaise – They form the base of the sauce. For a healthier option, use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. 
  • Lime Juice – This sauce is very rich, so it’s nice to have something tangy to balance out the flavor.
  • Cilantro – Some can’t stand its soapy taste. So, feel free to leave it out.
  • Seafood Seasoning (like Old Bay®) – Usually a blend of garlic, dill, dry mustard, celery seed, paprika, and parsley, it’s a spice mix that complements seafood well.
  • Ground Ancho Chile Pepper – to give the sauce some smokiness and a little bit of heat.

How to Make Baja Sauce

I said it’s simple, and it really is. In fact, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Dump all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix them until they’re well-combined.
  3. Cover and chill.

The hardest part is waiting for the flavors to marinate. The minimum is 1 hour, but let it sit in the fridge overnight for best results.

Spoon dipped in a small dish bowl with baja sauce.

Tips for the Best Baja Sauce

While this recipe makes a great copycat of the original Taco Bell sauce, there’s no need to stick to it religiously.

Feel free to add more or less of the ingredients to suit your taste.

Other than that, here are a few more tips:

  • Taste as you go. This is the best way to know whether you need to add more of anything.
  • Try alternatives like serrano peppers for ancho chile or adobo for seafood seasoning.
  • Add garlic and sriracha for an extra kick.
  • Add ketchup if you want a hint of sweetness.
  • Use ground chipotle chile pepper if you want it smoky.
  • Skip the Old Bay. If you plan on using this on dishes other than fish tacos, skip the seafood seasoning and double the ancho instead.
  • Mix in cream cheese to make the sauce extra rich.
Closeup of Baja sauce dip in a white dish bowl.

What to Serve with Baja Sauce

Baja sauce is so versatile you can serve it with almost any savory dish you can think of.

But since it’s an original creation of Taco Bell, it makes sense that it tastes phenomenal with Taco Bell offerings, such as:

But the list doesn’t end there. Use this smooth and creamy condiment as a filling for: 

It also makes for a fantastic dip! Think of anything savory with a crunchy exterior, like:

You can even use it as a salad dressing or sandwich filling. Seriously, the list goes on and on!

How to Store Baja Sauce

Place Baja sauce in a jar or airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 to 5 days.

Do not freeze. The mayonnaise in the sauce will become grainy once thawed.

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Baja Sauce for Fish Tacos

Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 
Calories

131

kcal

Creamy with a fun kick, Baja sauce has a perfect blend of flavors. It comes together in a snap and holds well in the fridge. So make double – you’ll need it!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro

  • 3/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning (e.g. Old Bay®)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir the sour cream with the mayonnaise, lime juice, cilantro, seafood seasoning, and chile pepper until well combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Notes

  • Chill overnight for the best flavor.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 131kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 188mg
  • Potassium: 28mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Calcium: 18mg
Baja Sauce Recipe

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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