Homemade Taco Sauce

by Merissa on March 29, 2017

in Canning and Preserving

Make and can your own homemade Taco Sauce with this easy recipe!

Homemade Taco Sauce

I had a hard time finding a taco sauce recipe because of my allergies to spices so I ended up looking through several recipes and finally coming up with my own. It's a little different than a normal taco sauce, it's more like a salsa. Whatever you use it for it sure is yummy! After I finished making it the other day I caught my hubby eating it right out of the jar!

You don't have to can this recipe, you can simply store it in the fridge after cooking and enjoy fresh. You may want to half the batch though unless you eat a lot of taco sauce!

Homemade Taco Sauce

You Will Need:

  • 4 cups pureed tomatoes (to make it thicker you could use some tomato paste)
  • 2 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon and 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon and  1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 chopped jalapenos
  • lemon juice (1 tablespoon per pint)

You will also need:

  • Hot water canner
  • Large sauce pan
  • Ladle
  • Measuring cups
  • Jars, lids, rims

Mix all ingredients together in the saucepan and simmer together for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put into pint sized jars using the ladle leaving headspace. Don't forget to clean off the tops of the jars before you put on the lids and rims. Screw the lids on tight and process in the hot water canner for 40 minutes. Take them out and carefully set them on a flat surface. Make sure the lids have sealed before you put them on the shelf. If they haven't, re-process them. Enjoy!

Taco Salad

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You may also enjoy this Recipe for Taco Seasoning and for an amazing 7 Layer Taco Dip! Another favorite is this Cream Cheese Taco Dip...so good!

We love having a weekly taco night at our house...how often do you serve tacos?

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous July 13, 2010 at 1:12 am

when you water bath this recipe for the taco sauce do you have to wait for it to start boiling like most canning recipes before you start timing it? Thanks for the recipes I enjoy reading them..


2 Merissa July 13, 2010 at 1:18 am

Yes I do make sure the water is boiling before I start the timer. I didn't do that every time last year and I ended up wasting alot of food that didn't seal properly.


3 Alana Cooke September 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

How many pints does this make. The recipe looks good!


4 Tammy Hengst September 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

thanx for sharing, tomatoes coming out of my ears, apparently it’s the only thing I can grow~!


5 Amy Gramelspacher September 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Can I make this with fresh tomoatoes?


6 Merissa September 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm



7 The Backyard Farmwife September 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

Ooo! I am totally pinning this! Thanks!


8 Laurie Lyon Brown September 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

How do you label your jars when you use the Tattler lids? With the disposables I always wrote on the lids. Don’t really want to do that with reusable ones.


9 Merissa September 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

I just don’t write on them and use them for things that I know for sure what they are.


10 Chris September 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

I use a dry erase marker for writing on my tattler lids. Works great! Washes right off to write on again! Just be careful you dont smear it when putting the jars away!!


11 Heather May 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

I know this is a million years later…
You can use a permanent marker on the lids. To remove it, just rub over it with a dry erase marker and wipe off 🙂


12 Teresa June 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

Can lemon or lime juice be used instead of the vinegar? If so how much?


13 Merissa June 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

I don’t see why not. You’d have to test the taste too see how much is needed, I would say 1/4 – 1/2 cup.


14 Jason August 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

No canning salt needed?


15 Merissa August 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Nope! The garlic salt will add enough salt. And you can always add in salt later if needed.


16 Helen September 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

Is it white vinegar you’re using?


17 Merissa September 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Yes it is.


18 Bets November 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

What is correct: looks like 1 tablespoon & 1teaspoon

1 T 1 t. garlic powder
1 T 1 t. garlic salt


19 Merissa November 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

That is correct, one tablespoon ans 1 teaspoon.


20 Carla August 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

Is this sauce what I add to the ground beef after I cook it? Does this sauce replace the need for store bought taco seasoning?


21 Merissa August 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm

We use this sauce as a “salsa” on tacos. Depending on your tastes it may or may not replace the need for extra seasoning.


22 Ashley March 30, 2017 at 11:36 am

What an interesting recipe! I’ve never thought to can taco sauce… Sounds great!
Ashley at herheirloom.blogspot.com


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