‘Tacolicious’ Orange Sauce

The Orange sauce recipe is adapted from the Tacolicious cookbook. Tacolicious is a great restaurant in the Bay area known for its tasty fare. They serve amazing tacos and their sauces are to die for, one of which is the orange sauce.

This delicious spicy sauce gets its heat from dried Arbol chilies, making it so addictive!! This sauce is of course a great accompaniment for tacos, but it is equally amazing as a marinade or on eggs, use it as a dipping sauce for tacos or breads, or as a spread for your sandwich. This spicy, creamy salsa just makes everything taste better.

Hope you enjoy this amazing creamy orange sauce as much as we do.

Yields: About 3 cups


  • 2 Roma tomatoes halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 Onion, cut thick slices (preferably yellow onion)
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil 
  • 2 large cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup dried Arbol chilies, stemmed (lightly packed as it will be spicy)
  • 1/3 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Salt

How To:

  • Take a baking sheet and line it with foil. Place tomatoes cut side down on one side of the sheet and sliced onions on the other side. Broil it on the topmost rack for about 10-12 minutes or until soft and a bit charred. Remove and keep them aside to cool.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. When the oil is hot add garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes until browned, turning them around several times.
  • Now add the chilies to this and cook for further 1-2 minutes. Make sure you are turning them around to prevent them from burning. They should be lightly toasted, make sure not to blacken them.
  • Transfer chiles and garlic to a blender. Add vinegar and water to it, let it stand for about 5-10 minutes to soften the chilies.
  • Now add tomatoes, onions, and salt to the blender and puree it all together on high speed until smooth.
  • Turn the blender to low speed. Now slowly in a steady stream pour the remaining oil through the opening in the lid of the blender. This will emulsify the mixture making it creamier and thicker.
  • This is ready to serve, along with tacos, or just as a salsa.

Serving Suggestion:

  • Serve it with your Tacos, Fajitas, Quesadillas, or on your eggs.
  • Serve it as a dip along with tortilla chips or with bread.
  • Use it as a marinade or in your salad dressing.
  • Use it as a spread in your sandwich or add it to your burrito.


  • Chilies: This recipe calls for Arbol chilies, use it lightly packed for a nice spicy kick. We like it extra hot so I usually use packed 1/2 cup. You can also deseed the all chilies to make milder version of it.
  • Shelf Life: This sauce keeps for a long time in the fridge when stored in airtight glass container. It also freezes well. So I usually make this whole batch and freeze half of it.

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