Homemade Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Recipe (Images & Videos)

I just like many others had been trying to get my hands on the now famous Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste, which is only available when purchasing a hello fresh subscription. I decided to attempt to replicate the secret sauce.

cooked tex mex paste

What Is Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste?

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste is a vegan and gluten-free paste that is perfect for tacos, burritos, nachos, and more. It’s made with fresh ingredients and has a delicious, slightly spicy flavor. Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste is perfect for making quick and easy meals at home.

The Tex Mex paste is described as a bit sweet, a bit sour, and a tiny bit spicy (to some). Above all, it’s a savory paste created from a mixture of spices and a tomato paste base, and chili peppers.

The tex-mex paste is full of flavors, which will give an unimaginable flavor profile to any of your dishes, especially to tex-mex dishes offered by HelloFresh.

HelloFresh’s Tex-Mex paste is a unique blend of spices and ingredients that adds a robust and authentic Tex-Mex flavor to various dishes. This paste typically includes a combination of tomato paste, smoky paprika, garlic, chili, and other seasonings to create its distinctive taste. It’s commonly used in HelloFresh recipes like tacos, enchiladas, and chili to provide depth and richness to the dish. For those looking to replicate or substitute this paste at home, mixing tomato paste with a blend of cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and a touch of cayenne pepper can offer a similar flavor profile.

What Does Tex Mex paste Consist Of?

Tex Mex paste includes Fire-roasted tomato puree, Red chili pepper puree (chili pepper, salt), onion puree, tomato powder, chipotle chile, alkalized cocoa powder, garlic powder and rice vinegar.

Ingredients for tex mex paste

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Recipe (Copycat)

Ingredients You Will Need

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes pureed
  • 2 pureed white onions
  • 1 Red Chili Paper pureed or (I used a 1/2 cup chili sauce a lot easier)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil (Optional)
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar (4 teaspoons)

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of cornstarch

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How To Make Tex Mex Paste

1)Prepare The Chili

Prepare The Chili
prepare chilis or buy homemade sauce

If you are using Red Chili Pepper, cut it and saute it, after it cools down, puree it using a blender. Alternatively, you could use a garlic chili sauce. I tried it both ways, and I cannot tell the difference. Yet, I find that it saves a ton of time.

2) Prepare The Pureed Onions

Take two Medium-sized onions, cut them into quarters, and puree them in the blender or food processor.

3)Puree The Fire Roasted Tomatoes

puree Fire Roasted Tomatoes

You need to puree about 16 oz of fire-roasted tomatoes. Just like the chilis, I chose the shortcut, by buying a can of Muir Glen Organic, Diced, Fire Roasted, No Salt Added Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, which I pureed.

4) Combine the purees with the rest of the wet ingredients

Combine the rice vinegar, tomato paste, and chili sauce with the purees you made in the first 3 steps into a small pot.

all wet ingredients of tex mex
The wet ingredients of Tex Mex paste in a pot

5)Combine All the dry ingredients in a separate bowl

Dry Ingredients of tex mex paste

Combine all the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and the rest of the dry ingredients together. Once you combined all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, mix them well and pour them into the pot.

Important Note: Don’t skip the cornstarch, as this helps thicken the sauce into a paste. I used Edward & Sons Let’s Do Organic Cornstarch since its gluten free.

Dry Ingredients of Tex Mex Paste
Dry Ingredients of Tex Mex Paste

Step 6: Combine The Dry ingredients with the wet ingredients

combine dry and wet ingredients

Step 7: Bring To A boil and simmer

Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes. You may want to slightly cover the sauce in order to avoid splatter.

Let it cool down for about 25 minutes before serving or storing it. Before freezing any leftovers, it is best to make sure it cools down completely.

Tex Mex Paste boiling

I used the sauce for my weekly dishes (chicken-based mostly) while the rest goes into a zip lock bag, which I freeze and cut into cubes.

The picture below was taken while the paste was hot so it may look like a sauce. However, once it cools down it will thicken to be paste-like texture. In addition, you may want to add more cornstarch if you prefer the paste really thick.

cooked tex mex paste

In case you wanted to compare it to our copycat recipe

Does hello fresh sell Tex Mex paste?

Sadly, hello fresh does not sell the Tex Mex paste separately. The only way to get it is by subscribing to the hello fresh service or by making your own copycat recipe.

What Does Tex Mex Paste Consist of?

  • Fire-roasted tomato puree,
  • Red chili pepper puree (chili pepper, salt),
  • onion puree
  • salt
  • SOYBEAN oil
  • sugar
  • tomato powder
  • natural flavor
  • chipotle chile
  • alkalized cocoa powder
  • garlic powder
  • maltodextrin
  • xanthan gum
  • rice vinegar

Hope you enjoyed our copycat recipe, please comment below or tag us on Instagram if you made it.

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste (copycat)

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste (copycat)

Yield: 32 Oz
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

The Tex Mex paste is a savory paste created from a mixture of spices and a tomato paste base, and chili peppers.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar (4 teaspoons)
  • 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes pureed
  • 2 pureed white onions
  • 1 Red Chili Paper pureed or (I used a 1/2 cup chili sauce a lot easier)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar (4 teaspoons)
  • 3 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of cornstarch

Instructions

    1. Prepare The Chili
    2. Prepare The Pureed Onions
    3. Puree The Fire Roasted Tomatoes
    4. Combine the purees with the rest of the wet ingredients
    5. Combine All the dry ingredients in a separate bowl
    6. Combine The Dry ingredients with the wet ingredients
    7. Bring To A boil and simmer

Notes

Don't forget the cornstarch!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 122Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 1372mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g

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