Creamy Chipotle Sauce

This easy chipotle sauce is one of my favorite condiments to keep on hand! It's great for dipping and for spicing up your favorite tacos & bowls.

chipotle sauce

I say this all the time, but I truly believe that the key to a great veggie meal (or any meal, really) is a great sauce! With a great sauce on hand, you can use whatever veggies/grains/proteins you have to easily make salads, bowls, tacos, or sandwiches any night of the week. This smoky, creamy chipotle sauce is one of my absolute favorites to punch up any meal. It started as a sauce to the cauliflower tacos in my first cookbook and now I love it on everything from burrito bowls to breakfast tacos. It’s also great as a sweet potato fries dipping sauce, as it’s pictured here today. Keep reading for how to make it (and yes, there’s a vegan version!).

Chipotle mayo recipe ingredients

How to Make the Best Chipotle Sauce

What’s the secret to making a great chipotle mayo? Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. They have an amazing smoky, spicy flavor that makes them one of my go-to ingredients in savory recipes. If you’ve never used chipotles in adobo, don’t worry – they’re not hard to find. Most grocery stores carry them in the Mexican aisle. After you make this recipe, use your leftover chipotles in BBQ jackfruit sliders or creamy vegan nacho cheese!

In this recipe, I balance the heat of the chipotles with sweetness from honey, richness from Greek yogurt & mayonnaise, and brightness from lime to make an addictive sauce that’s a bit lighter than a traditional chipotle aioli. And no need to worry if you’re vegan – maple syrup and vegan mayo work perfectly in place of the honey, yogurt, and traditional mayonnaise.

Sweet potato fries dipping sauce

How to Use Chipotle Sauce

Ok, you’ve made your chipotle sauce. Now what do you do with it? I love to use it as a sweet potato fries dipping sauce, and it’s great to have on hand for quick no-recipe meals. Drizzle it over a burrito bowl or roasted veggies, or dollop it onto tacos like the cauliflower tacos in our first book! You could also slather it onto a sandwich or use it to top your favorite veggie burger.

In addition, it would be delicious in any of these recipes:

  1. Spicy Mango, Black Bean & Avocado Tacos (sub in chipotle mayo for the sriracha mayo)
  2. Crispy Butternut Squash & Poblano Tacos (use this sauce instead of the poblano sauce)
  3. The Best Darn Vegan Veggie Burger
  4. Vegan Black Bean Quinoa Burger
  5. Taco Bowl with Cucumber Jalapeño Ranch
  6. Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Chipotle sauce with sweet potato fries

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Creamy Chipotle Sauce

rate this recipe:
5 from 28 votes
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves 4
This easy, smoky chipotle sauce is a great condiment to keep on hand! Use it to spice up your favorite tacos & bowls or as a dip for sweet potato fries.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt, (*see vegan note)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, (Sir Kensington’s is best here)
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a food processor, place the yogurt, mayo, chipotle pepper, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and generous pinches of salt and freshly ground black pepper and blend until smooth. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Notes

*Vegan option: use ¾ cup vegan mayo instead of the yogurt and regular mayo. This recipe was tested with Sir Kensington's Fabanaise. Use maple syrup in place of the honey.

 

 

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  1. melanie
    11.11.2022

    5 stars
    My whole family absolutely LOVES this healthy sauce. It makes everything tastier. I’ve been making it every few weeks now when it runs out. We keep it in a jar in the fridge and it lasts for about a month (I double the recipe). When I make something the kids don’t really want to eat (beef and liver patties) they eat it if it’s got this sauce on it.

    • Phoebe Moore
      11.11.2022

      I’m so glad you all love the recipe!

  2. Caryn Wooster
    10.24.2022

    Can I sub chipotle powder for the canned, and how much should I use?

    • Phoebe Moore
      10.28.2022

      I’d start with 1 teaspoon chipotle powder and add more to taste. You may need to add a bit more lime juice or maple syrup to balance the sauce. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Rebecca
    10.18.2022

    5 stars
    This chipotle sauce is perfect! I’ve made it every week for the last month for taco Tuesdays and it’s such a hit. Don’t debate trying it, you’ll love it!
    I’ve frozen remaining chipotle peppers (separately, in an ice cube tray) after opening the can and defrosted what I need on the day I make the sauce and it is still wonderful.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.21.2022

      Hi Rebecca, I’m so glad you loved it!

  4. Traci
    09.30.2022

    Can I just use greak.yogurt and no mayo

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.02.2022

      Yep, I would add a little more salt, to taste.

  5. Carol
    07.03.2022

    5 stars
    I just made this sauce, and I think it’s the flavor I’ve been searching for my entire life. I spilled some on the counter, while I poured it into a jar, and I wanted to lick it off the counter. But I used a spoon. I also dripped some on the floor (art is messy!), and I looked longingly at it. Enough said.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.04.2022

      Ha ha, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Leslie from itsfoodtastic.com
    06.13.2022

    Nice recipe! I tried it twice and the sauce was delicious!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.18.2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Maureen
    04.13.2022

    5 stars
    How long will this last in the fridge?
    Can you freeze leftovers? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.15.2022

      Hi Maureen, I keep it for about 5 days. I haven’t tried freezing it so I’m not sure.

  8. Yvonne
    03.26.2022

    5 stars
    Delicious! I love pouring this sauce over fries (sweet potato or regular) with melted cheese, bacon and green onions. So so so good! Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.27.2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Stacey
    01.03.2022

    This is the only recipe for this that I use now. It’s my family’s favorite. Have subbed lemon for lime when I didn’t have a lime and it was fine. Also subbed sour cream when I ran out of mayo.
    But when I can, I make it exactly as is and it’s delicious!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.04.2022

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the sauce so much!

  10. Terri Hale
    10.26.2021

    How long would this last in the frig?

  11. Bree Kondrat
    10.19.2021

    5 stars
    This is by far the easiest and tastiest dressing/sauce I’ve ever made! Added a bit more olive oil to think it out for taco salads!! I’ll be putting this on everything!

    • Tahera
      10.03.2022

      Hi. Do I use the whole can of peppers in 1 recipe

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        10.08.2022

        Hi Tahera, no, you pull 1 pepper out of the can. The full recipe is at the bottom of the post in the recipe card. I hope you enjoy!

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