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This chipotle mayo is a little bit spicy, a little bit smoky, and very easy to make. Use it as a dip or slather it on burgers and sandwiches to add a punch of flavor and heat. This popular condiment keeps well in the fridge, and it's ready in just 5 minutes!
Chipotle mayo is a fast and easy sauce that gives meals and appetizers a big burst of flavor. It's spicy, smoky, slightly sweet, and a bit tangy. In other words, it's very delicious!
If this is your first time making this chipotle mayo, you're going to love this homemade version. It's made with simple good-for-you ingredients and it's quick to mix up in just minutes.
It's that familiar secret sauce that's served with french fries or sweet potato fries at restaurants, but it's a really versatile condiment. Serve with just about anything as a dip or a spread and then store the leftovers in your fridge for up to two weeks!
What is chipotle mayo?
Chipotle mayo is a creamy and spicy mayonnaise-based condiment that can be used in many ways. It's simple to make and tastes delicious as a dip or spread.
The key ingredient in chipotle mayo is chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, which are dried and smoked jalapeño peppers. They're a staple in Mexican cooking and have a smoky, earthy taste with an underlying sweetness. You'll find them in little jars in your grocery store near other Mexican food or online.
Quick tip: when you buy a jar of chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, tip the entire contents of the jar into your blender, blend them until they're smooth, and then transfer the blended peppers into a clean jar. They'll keep in your fridge nearly forever. When you want to add a smoky flavor to your meals, add a spoonful of the blended peppers!
Chipotle mayo ingredients
It's easy to make this chipotle mayonnaise from scratch with a few basic ingredients. Here's everything you need:
- Mayonnaise – any kind of mayonnaise will work for this recipe. You can use light if you'd like, or a vegan alternative if needed.
- Lime juice – fresh lime juice is always best but bottled works in a pinch.
- Maple syrup – maple syrup adds sweetness to balance out the other flavors. You can also use another liquid sweetener like honey or agave.
- Chipotle peppers in adobo – we like to buy a can of chipotles in adobo sauce, purée them, and store the in the fridge for quick and easy use. You can also just use the adobo sauce.
- Liquid smoke – liquid smoke is an inexpensive ingredient that keeps nearly forever in your pantry. Liquid smoke adds a wonderful smoky flavor to the mayo and it's easy to find online, or near the BBQ sauces in most grocery stores.
- Garlic – a finely minced garlic clove for flavor.
- Dijon mustard – dijon mustard adds a sharp tanginess.
- Salt – salt makes all the flavors pop!
How to make chipotle mayo
This chipotle mayo recipe is creamy and smoky with just the right amount of heat. It's perfect for dipping and spreading, and it's easy to make in just two simple steps:
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then stir well. You can also blend it with an immersion blender for a super smooth texture.
- Serve it right away or store it in your fridge for later.
Watch us make chipotle mayo!
What to eat with chipotle mayo
This chipotle mayo sauce is a creamy versatile condiment that adds a kick to anything you serve it with. It tastes great as a dip with sweet potato fries, french fries, chicken bites, or chicken fingers.
This is the same chipotle aioli that we use in our maple glazed pork belly recipe!
Is chipotle mayo spicy?
Yes, it does have some heat. You can use more or less chipotle to adjust the heat level to your taste. If you are unsure, add a little bit at a time.
How long does chipotle mayo keep in the fridge?
Store chipotle mayo in an airtight container or jar in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
How do I make vegan chipotle mayo?
To make vegan chipotle mayo, simply swap traditional mayonnaise with a vegan mayonnaise alternative.
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 ½ teaspoons pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (see notes)
- 12 drops liquid smoke (see notes)
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1 ½ teaspoons dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix well.¾ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 ½ teaspoons pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 12 drops liquid smoke, 1 large garlic clove, 1 ½ teaspoons dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt
- Either serve it right away or store it for up to 10 days.
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