Macayo's Baja Sauce

I’m a newbie here, but I posted a couple of recipes, so now I get to make a request that’s very dear to my heart… :slight_smile:

I’m from Arizona, and used to eat at Macayo’s Mexican Grill all the time. Now I’m in a country with NO decent Mexican food :shock:, and I need my Macayo’s. What I really miss, though, is their incredible Baja sauce.

Has anybody ever come across a recipe for that incredible creamy sauce they serve at Macayo’s? I would love love love to be able to make it at home.

Thanks in advance!!!


Wow, thanks! I’ll have to try both. The first one is so simple that I can’t imagine it’d be right, but maybe it’s just that simple. I don’t think the second one will taste quite right-- green enchilada sauce is rather tangy, and their baja sauce doesn’t taste like it has enchilada sauce in it. Plus, I can’t get pepper jack cheese here. (Tragic.)

I’ll try the first one and report back! Thanks a ton!


Hi Karen,

I used to work at Macayos for 3 years and baja sauce was my FAVORITE. I’d eat it every day. The first recipe is correct, although macayo’s adds a few “secret spices” that they do not share with anyone. (I don’t even know them!):mrgreen:

One of the waiters at Macayo here in Vegas said it is cream cheese and sour cream. You could also try that. I know I am.

I was told they use a chicken base…any ideas? Has anyone tried by adding mexican crema?

Karen - my boyfriend and I are also addicted to Baja Sauce. A friend came up with a slight variant on the answer you got here. My recipe is as follows:

2 8oz blocks cream cheese, softened
2 tsp chicken broth powder
1/2 c hot water
1 can chopped Ortega chiles
approx 1/4 c pureed, roasted jalapeno chiles

Adjust the amount of jalapeno to your own taste. I buy fresh peppers, roast, peel, seed and de-vein them, then puree them in the blender and put them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer, then just break off a chunk when I want to cook with them. I add the Ortegas not because they are any part of the original recipe, but because I like the flavor and having the chunkiness in the sauce.