Taco Sauce in a jar
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Taco Sauce

A simple taco sauce to serve with any type of tacos. Adds that extra bit of flavour and sauce. It rivals any jar you'll buy from the store - except you know exactly what goes in it! Great to freeze in serving size portions.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Taco Sauce
Servings: 1
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

  • 2 cups / 500ml tomato passata / puree OR 1 can (16 ounce) US tomato sauce (Note 1)
  • 3/4 cup / 185 ml water
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 + teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust heat to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Mix then simmer for 10 minutes on medium low.
  • Transfer to serving bowl, cool and serve with tacos or other Mexican dishes requiring a sauce. Makes around 2.5 cups.
  • Or cool, then refrigerate for up to 5 days OR freeze.

Notes

1. Tomato passata is called Tomato Puree in America. It is just plain, pureed tomato. It is NOT tomato paste which is sour, concentrated tomato. It creates a thicker smoother sauce than using crushed canned tomatoes. In Australia it's available in supermarkets in the pasta section and the good value ones are cheaper than canned tomato. 
2. Add-ins - a can of green chilies would be terrific, as would chopped jalapeños (fresh or canned, adjust to heat). For a hit of fresh, stir in finely chopped coriander/cilantro leaves.
3. Freezing - I like to freeze in serving size portions. Defrost, warm if required, give it a good mix then it's good to go!
4. Nutrition. Makes 2.5 cups.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 1338mg 56%
Potassium 2491mg 71%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 30g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 66.3%
Vitamin C 68.7%
Calcium 16.9%
Iron 76.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1338mg | Potassium: 2491mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 66.3% | Vitamin C: 68.7% | Calcium: 16.9% | Iron: 76.3%