Oh, that’s such sad news! I have a terrible time not tweaking a recipe when I make it for the first time, too! P.S.Just to clarify: this is my own recipe – a copycat. El pato. Taco John's was my favorite mex fast food joints for years. The Original Taco House on Powell was the second OTH to open. Thank you for the recipe, I only had half a bottle of Taco House dressing when they closed and it didn’t last long. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Our last family dinner at the Original Taco House. You can find the restaurant information online. I need it for taste comparison.” You totally have me craving a taco salad now! (Let’s just say that I have enough Fiesta Dressing in my fridge now to get us all through a major nation-wide salad dressing shortage.). Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. I’ve been craving the salad dressing and the old style guac and I can’t find the recipe anywhere! I doubled the recipe and used a 14.5oz can of tomatoes and one yellow can of ElPato sauce. LOL. Do you have the copy cat recipe for the old guacamole they used to make?? My dad has been devastated about the closing of OTH! Required fields are marked *, Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I have now been eating this for the entire week. I am making this dressing today and am going to try it with Tabasco as that matches the dressing ingredient list exactly! He’s been on a hunt for a similar chip(with the delish seasoning) and salsa(his absolute favorite–if you make a copycat recipe, we’re so in! THIS IS IT! I now live at the coast and always had a bottle of this dressing in my fridge to put on salads or homemade nachos. Love your recipe. Thank you for doing The Lord’s work! OMG!!!! My shopping list is being filled out now! I will say their freshly made chips were something special too, I thought. I made this today and it is so good! Just tweaking the ratios…, Any chance of the enchilada sauce recipe? The Good Hearted Woman is a subsidiary of Harmony Cat LLC. And what a great capture of all of your girls in one spot! Thank you for finding the recipe. Find Taco John’s menu, nutrition, daily specials, franchise information and careers plus original favorites like tacos, burritos and Potato Olés® Find Taco John’s menu, restaurants and rewards. Fish Taco, wheat tortilla, fish, special sauce. Thank you for your persistence in recreating this – I didn’t have all these wonderful memories of Original Taco House, but was shocked too when they closed last year! I wish I had their guac recipe, but unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get a perfect copycat without something on hand to compare your recipe testing against. I’m just happy that I got it right and can preserve a little of Portland’s history for future generations. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Just like you, my husband and I spent many of our early dates at the 82nd location, as we both grew up in the neighborhood, I started my bachelorette party there, went there for a few anniversaries, and any time the hubby wanted to surprise me and put a smile on my face, we’d pull into that parking lot and I could instantly taste that dressing, I was so excited to eat! My Dad was a middle school teacher, and he often had former students who waited tables there, so there was always a smiling face to greet us. When I moved away to college they told me how to make the meat. I’m currently “marinating the flavors”. I can’t wait until tomorrow to try it after the flavors have all blended together! I lived in Portland over 30 years ago and the OTH meat and cheese salad was always a special treat. Such a delicious dressing! Not at all authentic, salty and fatty but oh so many memories, my kids ordered their first “Shirley Temple” there and absolutely loved their beans! When I heard the Taco House closed, I hate to admit, but I (along with my husband’s encouragement! ? Good thing they know when I mean business. My husband and I were big fans of both the meat & cheese salad and the El Picador. Our website searches for recipes from food blogs, this time we are presenting the result of searching for the phrase taco johns copycat recipes. I worked at the 82ed store in the early 70s and remember making the dressing. I used to tell my family to cremate me when I die and spread my ashes on their parking lot just in case you can take it with you? This sounds delicious. BROWN ground beef; drain. We have long since moved from Portland, and will definitely miss our trips to the OTH when we come for visits, but at least we will have this dressing to remind us of what was! Step 1. Unfortunately my dressing at home had expired when I got the news, which made me so mad at myself like I’d taken that last bottle for granted! I checked local stores: discontinued, and limited to stock on hand. Your comment made my day! This looks so delicious – it’s a must try! Thank you so much for the kind words, Nathan! I checked our bottle in the fridge: only about two or three ounces left. I’m glad it works for you!! Now I can enjoy a salad with my “cheese and onion” enchiladas. I too grew up eating there. I worked out great!! You’re doing the Lord’s work here. Join me & Mr B as we share the best in cozy travel, comfort food, and vintage vibes - from the beautiful Pacific Northwest and beyond. I chose the brands of necessary premade products (i.e., El Pato Tomato Sauce, Chalula hot sauce) based on the ingredients listed parenthetically on the label list (i.e., the list of collective ingredients in the hot chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, etc. ?? I have been in a dressing/salad induced state ever since. Our website searches for recipes from food blogs, this time we are presenting the result of searching for the phrase taco johns hot sauce recipe. I don't know the ratios but that's all that it contains. The mixture I created is somewhat creamier in appearance than the original Original Taco House Fiesta Dressing, but the flavor is spot-on and it has the familiar slightly sweet kick and peppery tang that we crave so much. If you have a crock pot, there is no reason why you can't have home cooked beans too. https://thegoodheartedwoman.com/original-taco-house-fiesta-dressing-recipe I will definitely let you know! Just kidding, but seriously… we also grew up on this place, and that dressing is like none other. Being born and raised in Portland, the closing of the original taco house was devistating! Prepare taco meat using 1 pound of ground beef.

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