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Sales erupted at Taco Bell when the chain introduced the new Volcano Taco in September 2008. A red corn tortilla shell filled with standard taco ingredients including spiced ground beef, lettuce, and cheese, is topped with a super-spicy cheese-based secret ingredient called Lava Sauce that makes this product one of the chains most successful new menu items. When the Volcano Taco was removed from stores three months after its launch internet groups quickly formed demanding the products hasty return. Apparently those campaigns worked. The Volcano taco has now returned to stores as a permanent menu item, along with a new burrito that also features the Lava Sauce. But there’s no need to go all the way to Taco Bell and beg for extra sauce if you want to spread the same spicy joy on your homemade Mexican-style creations. Get a box of Kraft Macaroni andamp; Cheese and use the powdered cheese inside to whip up your own Lava Sauce clone. Cayenne pepper cranks the sauce up to 800 Scoville units of heat compared to Taco Bells Fire Sauce at 500 Scoville units, which makes this the hottest stuff you can get at the chain. Now, with this secret formula, you can adjust the heat up or down to your preference just by playing with the amount of cayenne you add. You can also make the sauce lower in fat by using reduced-fat mayo.

Source: “Top Secret Recipes Unlocked” by Todd Wilbur.

5 teaspoons powdered cheese (from 7.25 oz. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner)

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon cumin

pinch garlic powder

pinch onion powder

via Top Secret Recipes | Taco Bell Lava Sauce Recipe.