This creamy, spicy sauce is the perfect side for your favorite quesadilla! It’s easy to make, and it takes your homemade quesadilla to the next level!

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We make a lot of cheese quesadillas around here, and sometimes it’s nice to switch up the flavors. While I often play around with the filling, I found that having a sauce on the side is an easy way to add lots of flavor! I was inspired by the Taco Bell quesadilla sauce, but I made it a little healthier by using Greek yogurt as the base. The jalapeños give it a spicy kick, but you can tone it down if needed.

quesadilla sauce ingredients

Quesadilla Sauce Ingredients

  • Yogurt– I recommend using plain full-fat Greek yogurt for the best texture. If you don’t have yogurt on hand, you can use sour cream instead. Dairy-free sour cream works well, too.
  • Mayonnaise– This makes the sauce rich and creamy. You could use Just Mayo if you wanted to keep this dairy free.
  • Pickled jalapeños– This adds a spicy flavor. You can use less for a more mild flavor.
  • Pickled jalapeño brine– Don’t let that brine go to waste! This adds additional spicy flavor and I think this is what is in the taco bell quesadilla sauce that gives it a touch of heat.
  • Lime juice– A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds a citrusy, sour flavor.
  • Smoked paprika– This adds a slightly smoky flavor to the sauce. Regular paprika can be substituted.
  • Garlic powder– I love the flavor of fresh garlic, but since we’re not cooking the sauce, garlic powder adds a milder flavor.
  • Chili powder– You can use more or less depending on how spicy you like your sauce.

How to Make Quesadilla Sauce