Is A Taco Bell Quesadilla Spicy?


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With a name that literally means, “little cheesy thing,” quesadillas just sound like a good time! These cheesy confections originated in northern and central Mexico in the 16th century. 

Many of the Aztec people in these areas already used corn tortillas in many dishes, so it was inevitable that a corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, and sometimes squash and pumpkin, would come around to be invented. 

Quesadillas have risen from this humble beginning to become one of the most popular Mexican dishes and can be found in almost every Mexican restaurant today!

One of these restaurants is the globally known fast food haven, Taco Bell. Taco Bell has had their quesadilla on the menu for as long as most of us can remember, and it has turned into a staple item for the fast food chain. 

The Taco Bell Quesadilla is slightly spicy, but it really depends on your spice tolerance. Part of what adds spice to this dish is the creamy jalapeno sauce that the restaurant uses. 

Most people would probably rank the spiciness of the Taco Bell quesadilla as low to moderate heat, as it just has one spicy sauce in it’s ingredient makeup. If the creamy jalapeno sauce they add in sounds like too much, you can always customize your quesadilla to include no sauce. 

If you need a little more heat in your cheesy quesadilla, you can add extra creamy jalapeno sauce or even other hot sauces Taco Bell has to offer to bring up the heat level.

To see the most popular Taco Bell sauces just click here. 

What Is In A Taco Bell Quesadilla? 

Taco Bell Quesadillas are pretty standard in terms of ingredients but Taco Bell has added a few of their own flairs to make it their own. 

In their words, “It’s about the Cheese Quesadilla and how not basic it is. It may be simple in nature with its flour tortilla, hefty portion of three-cheese blend, and creamy jalapeño sauce.” 

So even though a quesadilla by nature is basic, Taco Bell claims to take it’s ingredients to the next level to ensure the experience is anything but basic. 

The standard Taco Bell quesadilla has a “hefty” portion of Taco Bell’s three cheese blend, creamy jalapeno sauce, and of course it’s signature flour tortilla. 

Taco Bell’s three cheese blend is an equal parts mixture of mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and monterey jack cheese. Their creamy jalapeno sauce features a mixture of soybean oil, water, vinegar, jalapeno peppers, buttermilk, cage free egg yolk, dextrose, chili pepper, and other assorted spices. 

This combination of three cheeses and jalapeno sauce gives the classic cheesy quesadilla a creamy texture with just the right amount of spice to keep it interesting. 

You can also get Taco Bell’s cheesy quesadilla with either steak or chicken. Taco Bell’s steak is made of one hundred percent USDA premium beef and it seasons with their signature blend of 7 authentic seasonings and spices. 

Their chicken is grilled for the quesadilla and is also seasoned with Taco Bell’s own signature spices. You can add these finishing touches like Taco Bell’s chicken or steak to bring your cheesy quesadilla to the next level!

What Other Sauces Does Taco Bell Offer? 

So maybe you have tried the Taco Bell cheesy quesadilla in all the ways you can get it from the menu; cheesy, chicken style, and even steak, and you still want to mix it up. Well, the good news is, there are a ton of other sauces and toppings you can customize your quesadilla with! 

Taco Bell prides themselves on virtually endless customization options, so you will more than likely have a few experiments you can try for the ultimate cheesy confection. 

Taco Bell has a whopping total of 10 sauces currently. From mild salsas to hot sauces, the fast food restaurant has a wide range of options. 

The hottest sauce Taco Bell has to offer is their Diablo sauce. This sauce is less about the flavor and more about the strong kick, as some have compared it to Tabasco or Cholula. 

Next, is their infamous Fire sauce, this sauce is a jalapeno based pepper sauce that combines a good blend of spice with flavor. 

Next down the list is their Hot sauce. Their Hot sauce is well known as a safe bet for people looking for a slight kick, while still getting mostly flavor from the sauce’s chili pepper ingredients. 

Mild is next, with pretty much no kick, and just a taco sauce flavor profile. 

Moving into the sauces that are not in packets at Taco Bell, first we have their Red sauce. The Red sauce is pretty much a milder mild sauce if you can believe it, and can be best described as somewhat of a enchilada sauce. 

Next, their Spicy Ranch is available on some of their menu items automatically, and holds just a tinge of spice, with emphasis on the tangy sweetness that ranch inherently has. 

Chipotle sauce is also available as part of some items, and is gaining popularity quickly among Taco Bell goers even though it is fairly new.  

I’ve already covered the Creamy Jalapeno, which is a main ingredient on their quesadillas, and it is also available as a dip on the side of your meal. 

Then, there is the recently added Avocado Ranch. If you are looking for something with lots of zest while also holding a ton of flavor, this is the sauce for you, it is available on almost any menu item as well so feel free to customize your next dish with it! 

Lastly, you have Taco Bell’s famous nacho cheese. It is just a classic cheese sauce without that much spice, and really goes with just about anything, but especially their Nacho Fries. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are lots of reasons to try Taco Bell’s Cheesy Quesadillas, and there are so many ways to customize it! If you don’t like it spicy, feel free to replace their jalapeno sauce with a milder alternative, or just take it off all together! 

If it is heat that you are after, amp up the cheesy dish with Diablo sauce then even it out with some Avocado Ranch. Whatever you do, remember that quesadillas are always a great option when you are craving a cheesy snack!

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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