Taco Bell Fire Salt

The Starving Artist rarely partakes these days, but there was a time when weekend benders regularly ended with a late night sprint from the studio to Taco Bell. Which brings to mind an article I read recently about the art of infusing salt with flavors like lemon or herbs. That's when it occurred to me that I have a kitchen drawer full of leftover Taco Bell sauce packets. Introducing Taco Bell Fire Salt. Now you can bring a little late night bender to just about any meal.



  • 6-10 Taco Bell hot sauce packets, depending on how strongly flavored you'd like your salt. Six will give you a seasoning with the aroma of Taco Bell, but you’ll need a few more than that for the heat to come through.
  • 1/4 cup fine sea salt


  1. Combine the sauce and salt in a food processor and blend it together until you have a sandy mixture that is uniform in color.
  2. Spread out your salt/sauce mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pop it in a 200 degree oven for about two hours, until the salt is bone dry.
  3. Return the dried salt to the food processor, grind it up, and live más!