Prepare Taco Bell Salt With Remaining Sauce Packets

I have a slightly embarrassing fast food habit that not only keeps me calm and humble, but also keeps my shopping bag filled with only the best spices per serving. McDonald’s skimps on their sweet and sour sauce, but Taco Bells are positively generous with their hot sauce, and I have a lot of it.

This is part of the Lifehacker Eating Trash With Claire series in which Claire Lower convinces you to turn your kitchen waste into something edible and tasty.

Having an excess of FIRE! the sauce isn’t exactly a “problem,” but the condiment does have a distinct flavor that best suits – if not Bell Tacos – food that sits next to Taco Bells on the junk food spectrum like chips and popcorn. Since pouring the sauce over the chips and popcorn makes them wet, the natural solution was to dehydrate them and prepare the Taco Bell salt.

As with any flavored salt prepared with wet flavor, the process is fairly straightforward. Just mix the sauce with salt, dry the mixture in the oven and grind into a powder. To make Taco Bell salt you will need:

  • 6-10 sachets of sauce, depending on how much salt you like. Six will give you a Taco Bell flavoring, but you need a little more to get the heat out.
  • 1/4 cup plain table salt

Combine the sauce and salt in a food processor and beat until a smooth, sandy mixture is obtained. Spread it out on a parchment baking sheet and place it in a 200-degree oven for at least two hours, until the salt is dry. Put it back in your food processor, grind it into a powder, and live by adding the essence of your favorite junk food to all your crunchy snacks.


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