Taco Johns Hot Sauce

lindyrig(4)August 4, 2009

Hello everyone! I live in Zone 4 and have tomato and pepper plants just exploding with fruit. I figure it's time to start figuring out what I'm going to do with all of them. I love salsa quite a bit and plan on making some in the weeks to come. However, I would also like to make some hot sauce. For those of you familiar with Taco Johns, do you have any idea how to produce a hot sauce similar to their hot (red) sauce? I am thinking the recipe can't be too complex, but before experimenting, I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas for me. Thanks for any help. For those of not familiar with TJ's, it's a West-Mex restaurant that features tacos/burritos/etc. Their hot sauce is a fresh/spicy tomato based sauce from what I can gather.

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Taco John's was my favorite mex fast food joints for years. I had one just a few blocks from my house and visited that place at least once a week, almost cried when they closed.

I haven't had any TJ's food for a few years, and I miss it. Loved that hot red sauce. They also had a green sauce that made you sweat.

Sorry i can't help you with a recipe for the sauce, but I'll be following this thread in hope that someone else will.

Their combination burritos...mmm!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 6:07PM
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Hey everyone, I actually used to work at Taco John's about 10 years ago, I was 15 and worked there until 17 or 18 I think. Anyways we used to make the red and green hot sauce from scratch before getting it prepackaged (like they do now). The red hot sauce was not my favorite (too watery), but basically from what I remember was just tomato paste, cayanne peppers, water, ground up in blender. The green was my favorite and I remember exactly what was in it. I remember we took a can of whole pickled jalapenos and just put the whole can juice and all in a blender. and thats it! I loved that sauce, I only remembered because I remember thinking I cound'nt believe how good and easy it was, lol.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:49AM
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Johnny90275...do you remember or know how to make the TJ pink sauce...the house dressing?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:06PM
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OMG. I LOVE TJ's! I wish there was one here north of the border.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:59PM
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The green sauce information is interesting. I always had a feeling it was nothing more than pickled jalapenos. It is good, but it seems to be hit or miss. Some days it is runny and some days it is thick. The same is true with the heat level. Some locations may still be making the green sauce in house.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:04PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Taco sauces are fairly mild.

The green one, I make with fresh green Jalapeno and tomatillos the amount of each will depend on how much heat you want. You can also substitute green tomatoes for tomatillo. BLENDED. Add salt to taste.

The red one, is make with RED Jalapeno and ripe tomato. BLENDED. Add salt to taste.

These are my recipe's and not from any reference.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 4:00AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

The successful green sauces I've made / seen are blended of jalapeno and tomatillo (about 3:2) with onion optional (I like it). Then the sauce is *fried* in a hot pan - or at least cooked. Yummy.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 3:13PM
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