Jan 26, 2024
This easy chipotle sauce is one of my favorite condiments! It’s a delicious dipping sauce or topping for tacos, veggie burgers, and bowls.
This chipotle sauce will punch up any meal! It’s smoky, creamy, tangy, and easy to make with simple ingredients. I started making the recipe to put on the cauliflower tacos in my first cookbook, and now I love it on everything from burrito bowls to breakfast tacos to hearty salads. If you try it, I think you’ll fall for it too!
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. This creamy chipotle sauce is one of the best—it adds SO much flavor to whatever you’re eating. Keep reading to learn how to make it (and yes, there’s a vegan version!).
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, black bean soup, or tofu sofritas!
In this recipe, I balance the heat of the chipotles with sweetness from honey, richness from Greek yogurt and mayonnaise, and brightness from lime to make an addictive sauce. Garlic adds savory bite, and a little olive oil loosens the sauce.
It’s easy to make—just pulse the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy!
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
- Make it vegan. Use vegan mayo in place of the yogurt and regular mayonnaise. Replace the honey with maple syrup.
- No yogurt? No problem. Replace it with sour cream. You could also sub in additional mayo to make a chipotle aioli.
How to Use Chipotle Sauce
Ok, you’ve made your chipotle sauce. Now what do you do with it?
You have so many tasty options! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
How do you like to use homemade chipotle sauce? Let me know in the comments!
Leftover chipotle sauce keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
More Homemade Sauces
If you loved this chipotle sauce recipe, try making these easy sauces next:
Creamy Chipotle Sauce
This easy chipotle sauce is a great condiment to keep on hand! Use it to spice up dishes like tacos, sandwiches, and burrito bowls. It’s a delicious dipping sauce too.
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In a food processor, place the yogurt, mayo, chipotle pepper, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, and honey. Add a generous pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper and blend until smooth. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
*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.