If you’re looking for a way to amp up your meal with a Southwest kick and a whole lot of flavor, Chipotle Sauce is the answer. It’s creamy, smoky, tangy, and best of all, this easy Chipotle Sauce Recipe is shockingly quick to make.
The sauce comes together with a rough chop of garlic and cilantro, a squeeze of lime and then moves over to the blender for a quick whir. Amazingly, it all comes together in just 5 minutes and you’re equipped with a smoky sauce perfect for topping salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, burgers, sweet potato fries, and more!
WHAT IS CHIPOTLE SAUCE MADE OF?
- Chipotle Peppers (from Chipotles in Adobo)
- Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- Chopped Garlic
WHAT IS ADOBO SAUCE?
Adobo is more than just a sauce. It’s actually a type of dish that originated in the Phillippines (e.g. Adobo Chicken and Adobo Pork). The marinade preparation for these dishes has taken on a reputation of its own and is now readily available as a sauce in the international aisle of your grocery store, typically alongside the Latin ingredients.
Adobo Sauce is made up mostly of ingredients like chili powder, tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns, cumin…and the list goes on. It’s for this reason, we’re grateful for the ever-so convenient Chipotles in Adobo, which will soon serve as the main flavor component in your creamy Chipotle Sauce!
WHAT ARE CHIPOTLES IN ADOBO?
Chipotles are dried smoked jalapeños, but Chipotles in Adobo are dried, smoked jalapeños that come fully drenched in the aforementioned Adobo Sauce.
HOW TO MAKE CHIPOTLE SAUCE
Homemade Chipotle Sauce requires almost no prep and a maximum of 5 minutes total.
- Garlic and cilantro get a rough chop, then they’re off to the blender along with the mayonnaise, chipotle pepper, lime juice, and salt.
- Press the on-switch, let it whir until the mix is homogenous…and that’s all there is to it.
Serve it right away or keep it refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
WHAT DOES CHIPOTLE SAUCE TASTE LIKE?
Chipotle Sauce is a creamy sauce with a vibrant, yet smoky flavor thanks to the combination of the smoked jalapeños (a.k.a. chipotles) and adobo sauce. It’s notably tangy and can be somewhat spicy.
If you’re afraid your sauce might be too spicy, use one to two tablespoons of Adobo Sauce rather than the chipotle pepper itself.
WHAT CAN I USE IT ON:
This is the perfect condiment for just about anything Tex-Mex or Mexican food-related. Try it on any of the following dishes, or just about any kind of taco, burgers, sweet potato fries, and more!
5 MORE MEXICAN RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Tacos al Carbon
- Cilantro-Lime Pork Chops
- Beef Empanadas
- Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- Homemade Beef Chimichangas
Amp up your meal with a Southwest kick and a whole lot of flavor! This easy Chipotle Sauce Recipe is creamy, smoky, tangy, and best of all, shockingly quick to make! It all comes together in just 5 minutes and is perfect for topping salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, burgers, sweet potato fries, and more!
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
- Juice of 1 1/2 limes
- 1 chipotle pepper (from a can of "chipotles in adobo")
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is homogenous. Serve right away or store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.