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Macho Taco’s Secret Taco Sauce – My Farewell to Psych

Macho Taco's Secret Ingredient Taco Sauce as seen on Psych - My food farewell to one of my favorite shows! #recipes #tvshows

Psych is ending!  Tonight!  I’m a little sad.  I love that show.  I tend not to get overly attached to shows.  I really enjoy them for a bit and then I get bored.  But I have enjoyed Psych season after season.  I have enjoyed Shawn and Gus and their silliness all while solving crime.  Seriously, it’s a fun show and I’m glad I will be able to catch reruns of the show!

I knew I wanted to make something from the show for the series final.  But I just couldn’t decide what to make.  There has been a lot of food eaten or talked about over the years on this show.  Like the Jerk Chicken (Apology) Nachos or  Fries Quatro Quesos Dos Fritos (think potatoes injected with cheese goodness) that my blogging buddy Nicole over at 365-ish Days of Pinterest made.  But I had tacos on the brain, majorly and all thanks to a certain episode of Psych, I had just seen.  So it seemed fitting to make this sauce. 

If you’re not a fan of Psych, don’t worry the sauce is great either way!  This sauce shows up in the “Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up” episode from this season.  That episode starts with the murder of the owner of the Macho Taco food truck, which happens to be Shawn and Gus’ favorite.  Gus has a little meltdown as he watches the last of the taco sauce being brought out of the truck.  Then he and Shawn remember the good times they had with the tacos (if you have no idea what I’m talking about you really should check out the gif of the memory montage).

Now on to the actual sauce.  Now of course, there is no actual recipe for this sauce.  All I had to go on was the few seconds of screen time the sauce had in which I noticed the sauce seemed chunky and how amazing Shawn and Gus said it was.  The episode also talked about the secret ingredient!  So I decided my secret ingredient would be roasted tomatoes and went from there. 

Yield: 15

Macho Taco's Secret Taco Sauce

Macho Taco's Secret Taco Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


Roasted Tomatoes

  • 8-10 Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • 3 cloves garlic

For the Sauce

  • Oil or melted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin


To Roast Tomatoes

  1. Place sliced tomatoes and garlic cloves on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil (sorry I didn't measure this).
  2. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25-30 minutest or until tomatoes begin to brown and burst.

To Make the Sauce

  1. Put about 1/3 of the roasted tomatoes to the side, cutting them into bite sized chunks.
  2. Pour the rest of the pan contents (tomatoes, garlic, and any oil) into a food processor or blender.
  3. Blend until desired consistency. I made mine pretty smooth. Set aside
  4. Place some oil in a good sized skillet, preferably one with high sides.
  5. Saute onions and bell peppers until tender over medium heat.
  6. Poor sauce from blender into pan. Add cilantro and cumin and let simmer on low for a few minutes.
  7. Add remain tomatoes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and add to your favorite tacos.


I chopped both my onions and bell peppers very finely because neither my children nor my husband really care for them. But leave them chunkier if you so desire.
Makes enough for about 12-18 tacos.

Macho Taco's Secret Ingredient Taco Sauce as seen on Psych - My food farewell to one of my favorite shows! #recipes #tvshows

I was really pleased with how the sauce turned out.  And I was actually surprised when my children ate it up.  (I mean it has vegetables!!).  And the roasted tomatoes were an amazing “secret ingredient!”   

So obviously the best way to eat this sauce in on tacos.  I made hard shell tacos with ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning (use Kerry’s homemade taco seasoning, it’s better and cheaper), topped with cheese, then the Macho Taco’s Secret Taco Sauce and lettuce on top.  The tacos were so good!!  I can’t wait to make some more and since I still have sauce in the fridge, I’m pretty sure that will be happening soon!

Who’s watching the Psych’s series finale tonight?  What do you think is going to happen?  What happens with Shawn and Juliet??  


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Nicole Burkholder

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

That whole Gus meltdown scene had us in stitches! That was a really funny episode. :) Last week's was so weird and creepy! I'm not a fan of horror. Well, it was funny enough that it wasn't really scary. I'm so curious about tonight. They had better give Juliet a lot of screen time. I can't believe she wasn't even in the last episode at all! I hate change. :(


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Oh my goodness the meltdown was super funny as was the taco montage! That was a great episode. Still have it saved on my dvr! Yeah, last week was weird. The week before were being over the top on purpose was great! Reminded me of all the old times when Shawn was ridiculous. I just hope we get some sort of fitting end and Juliet. I want Juliet.


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

This sauce sounds absolutely wonderful! I've never watched Psych, but may have to watch it on Netflix and see what the hype is about! :)


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

It's definitely not a serious crime drama show but if you like mystery with a side of silly. You'll love this show. It makes me laugh all the time.

JENerally Informed

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

This is great! I love Psych. I was quite a few years delayed in watching it, but luckily Netflix has me supplied for a while. I will be sad too when i watch the final episode.


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

It's such a fun show isn't it? I've watched from the beginning but I love watching re-runs too, they still make me laugh!!

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