Chipotle Sauce Recipe – 5 Minutes

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chipotle Sauce is super easy to make that is great on salads, as a dipping sauce and even as a marinade. Spicy, creamy and refreshing, ready in just 5 minutes.

The Best Chipotle Sauce

The Best Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Chipotle Sauce Recipe will take you 5 minutes to prepare and you can enjoy it right away on your favorite salad. This sauce is a staple in our house, its incredibly creamy and flavorful with just the right amount of spiciness. Packed with fresh cilantro, the Chipotle Sauce is also refreshing. For a more citrusy flavor, you can go ahead and add some lime zest to it.

I like to pour it over Chicken Lettuce Wraps,  use it as a delicious sauce for homemade IP Chicken Wings, or simply use as a dipping sauce for Roasted Potatoes. Also, you can make a double batch from the start, as it can be refrigerated for up to 1 month. You can also replace the pesto in this Chicken Kabobs Recipe and make Chipotle Chicken Kabobs.

Where is chipotle sauce from?

This sauce is basically a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern dishes. It comes in different forms, such as chipotles en adobo, and is widely used now all over the world.

What is Chipotle Sauce made of?

This is one of the easiest dishes you can make with only 5 simply ingredients. You will need:

  • Chipotle Pepper
  • Mayonnaise
  • Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
  • Cilantro, Cumin and Ground Coriander
  • Lime Zest – Optional*

Chipotle Sauce

Chipotle Sauce Recipe Tips

  • When making a mayo-based sauce, I recommend using full-fat mayo. However, you can totally make a “skinnier” version by using Fat-Free Mayo. But please be aware that the sauce will be a bit more watery.
  • Also, you can use either sour cream or whole milk Greek yogurt. I like both options, but prefer the sour cream as it adds a bit more tanginess to it.
  • In addition, using fresh cilantro is key, please don’t try to substitute, the fresher the better. Make sure your cilantro is washed and towel dried.
  • If you are vegan, make this with Veganaise or silken tofu. A flavor booster for sure!
  • You can adjust the spiciness as you please by adding more or less chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I usually add 2, but if you like the sauce extra spicy add more.
  • Similarly, the cumin and coriander compliment the sauce nicely. You can also add a little fresh lime zest for a more citrusy and refreshing flavor.
  • If you want to customize it even more, a few garlic cloves will add a nice punch of flavor too.

Chipotle Sauce

What goes good with chipotle sauce?

It goes pretty much on anything. We love to use it on meats, fish, or tacos. Some good mixes are:

How to make lime zest?

Follow these easy steps below:

  • First, rinse the lime.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A Microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Then, grate the green skin of the lime only. Grate just enough to get through the green skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the lime and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the lime and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

Tools/ingredients that I used to make the Best Chipotle Sauce Recipe:

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Easy Chipotle Sauce Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 mins


  • 2  chipotle peppers in adobo sauce  (canned)
  • 1 tablespoon  adobo sauce 
  • 1 cup  mayonnaise 
  • 1 cup  plain Whole Milk Greek yogurt or Full Fat sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup  cilantro  (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cumin 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground coriander 
  •  Kosher salt  (to taste)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, about 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is fully combined and creamy.

  2. Pour into a jar and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
  3. Enjoy on salads, as a dipping sauce or even a meat marinade.

Calories: 219 Carbohydrates: 1 Protein: 3 Fat: 22 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 13 Sodium: 638 Potassium: 18 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 165 Vitamin C: 0.7 Calcium: 38 Iron: 0.2 g
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Making my own sauces is something I enjoy doing, they add such a fresh taste to salads and meat. I would have to make two jars. Once spicy and one milder.


Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

Well, now I know what I'll be dipping our wings into the next time we have a get together. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!


Vera Sweeney

I LOVE that! It sounds perfect for wings, chips, fries, and pretty much anything that can be slathered with sauce. Om nom nom.



This sauce looks incredible. I'm guilty of buying jarred and bottled sauces because it's either. I think on french fries this sauce would be incredible.


Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

YASSS! I am all about adding more spice to the usual food that we have and this sauce might be the answer. I think it's worth making and I'm definitely going to try it.



That looks yummy. I love a good creamy chipotle sauce. Thanks for the recipe.


Chubskulit Rose

I want to try making this sauce, it looks awesome. Homemade sauces are always better than store bought.



holy yum yum that sounds amazing! I'm a fan of good sauces, so I'll definitely try this one out : ) thanks for the amazing recipe!



Yum, this sauce sounds perfect to put on top of a salad or over grilled chicken. Ranch is our go to sauce of choice and this is right up our alley.


Deann Sarmiento

Mayonnaise! I love everything about mayonnaise! Upon seeing the ingredients, I now know why this is a great sauce! It's because of the Adobo! :D


Mary Edwards

That looks like an amazing recipe for a party appetizer. Would love it with lots of hot chips!



Both my husband and son love chipotle sauce. I've never tried making it here at home though. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to make it for them.


Nutmeg Nanny

Thank you for this recipe! It looks so good!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

2 cups of cilantro....this is my kinda recipe!


Erin @ The Speckled Palate

I bet this chipotle sauce would be SO GOOD on SO many things!


Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Wowza! This sounds fantastic -- and I'm sure it would be delicious allllll over chicken (among so many other things)!


Sandi G

I can think of all sorts of ways to use this yummy sauce!



Love, love, LOVE Chipotle sauce! I could eat it on just about everything!


Sundaes & Flip Flops

I love how easy this is to make. I've never met anybody who doesn't adore chipotle sauce.


Kate | Life of a Ginger

Oh yum! This sounds delicious. I really love chiplote flavored sauces!



I could eat this on everything! It sounds great!


Shannon Gurnee

This sounds like a delicious recipe! I would love to try this out!



Excellent recipe...this ones a keeper. Thanks for sharing it.


Caroline Oncken

Is this a recipe that can be canned?



Just made this sauce using plain greek yogurt. It is incredible; recipe bookmarked. Thank you!!


Thank you for the feedback, I am very happy that you loved it!


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