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Taco Bell Lava Sauce Recipe
Taco Bell Lava Sauce
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Sauce
Calories: 140
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Rating: 3.1 (8 reviews)
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 chains most successful new menu items. When the Volcano Taco was removed from stores three months after its launch internet groups quickly formed demanding the products hasty return. Apparently those campaigns worked. The Volcano taco has now 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 andamp; 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 Bells 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.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

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 cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
pinch garlic powder
pinch onion powder

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

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

Makes 1/2 cup.

Submitted on: 11/03/13
it is the worst thing ever
Submitted on: 08/24/13
Not even close. Its spicy and not a bad dipping sauce for chicken strips but not even remotely close to lava sauce
Submitted on: 03/28/13
Not exactly Lava sauce but similar. It's still very good. I will play with the recipe and use it often. Thanks.
Submitted on: 03/20/13
My husband is a huge volcano taco fan...we made this sauce and used the suggestion from Angela west of a few packets of fire sauce. He says it's not quite as cheesy, but that it's really good and similar enough to the real thing. Next time we might try using cheese sauce instead of powder.
Pretty close
Angela west  
Submitted on: 07/27/12
Although this a very close recipe it wasn't hot enough. I added 6 packets of Taco Bell HOT sauce and then about 10 drops of store bought hot sauce and it added the heat. I will use again. Thanks
Not even close
Submitted on: 06/02/12
Not at all like taco bell. Thought i was going to have my socks knocked off, but there still on. Oh well theres still plenty of amazing recipes besides this 1.
Pretty close!
Submitted on: 01/14/12
This recipe is the closest one I've found for this suggestion would be using just a touch LESS than 1/4 tsp of cumin...Otherwise, I'd say it's decent!
Travis Harwood  
Submitted on: 12/05/10
Same color but not the same taste