Chipotle mayo is a creamy condiment with a kick, this spicy sauce is infused with a deep smoky flavor, and a splash of lime juice.
I have been making a variation of this recipe for years. It is simple to prepare on the fly since the exact ingredient ratios can largely be adjusted based on your tastes. This is a rather versatile condiment that can be used with many of your favorite dishes.
The key to making this sauce is using Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce. This is a commonly found ingredient in the Mexican food aisle of your grocery store. You use both the peppers and the sauce in this recipe.
You can have culinary bonus points if you make your mayo from scratch, but simply mixing chipotles with store-bought mayo makes this an incredibly easy condiment to prepare.
Chipotle Mayo Ingredients
My chipotle mayo recipe calls for 4 simple ingredients. Small batches can be easily prepared and used for a single meal, or a larger batch can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge.
- Mayo - Mayonnaise is the backbone of this sauce. If you think the sauce is too spicy, you can always add more mayo to tone it down.
- Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce - The peppers and the sauce provides the backbone flavor for this condiment. Add more to make it spicier, or less as desired.
- Lime Juice - A squeeze of lime brightens the flavor and adds a bit more complexity to the smoky sauce.
- Fresh ground black pepper - Black pepper pairs perfectly with the smoky sauce.
How to make it
This recipe is fairly effortless to prepare as everything simply needs to be mixed together. However, it is worth noting that the flavor will improve if you allow it to meld in the refrigerator overnight. I also recommend mincing the peppers as finely as possible to ensure your get even flavor throughout the sauce, rather than occasionally biting into a big hunk of pepper.
Ways to use Chipotle Mayo
- Spicy Burgers - Wake up your homemade burgers using this as a condiment.
- Chipotle Turkey Panini - I used a variation of this recipe in my panini recipe.
- Potato Salad - You can jazz up any potato salad with a dollop or two of chipotle mayo.
- French Fries Dip - This would be a phenomenal dipping sauce for fries.
- Chicken Salad - Add a few spoonfuls to your chicken salad to give it a kick.
- Egg Salad - Chipotle tastes great with eggs, either in egg salad or on an egg sandwich.
- ½ cup mayo
- 1 tablespoon minced chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a dish and mix to combine.
- Use immediately if desired, however, the flavor will continue to meld when stored in the refrigerator overnight.