Chipotle Mayo is just about the tastiest dipping sauce and it works with just about everything!
It's one of those versatile condiments that you can easily adjust to your personal preferences.
With just a few ingredients like chipotle in adobo sauce, mayonnaise, a dash of lime juice, and smoked paprika you have a delicious dip. Best of all it takes less than 5 minutes!
What is Chipotle?
Chipotles are smoked jalapeno pepper. The jalapenos are first dried and then smoked. Later they are added to an adobo sauce. And you can think of adobo sauce as the barbecue sauce of Mexican cuisine.
The flavor is a bit spicer, has a hint of sweetness, and a bit of a tang.
Combining all these wonderful spices is what makes this amazing chipotle mayonnaise taste so good (and addicting). It's has a little bit of heat but it's not an overwhelmingly spicy sauce.
MUST TRY: Chipotle mayo and crispy sweet potato fries!
Thankfully you'll only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this tasty dip.
Mayonnaise - I like full-fat, creamy mayonnaise for this recipe and typically buy the Trader Joe’s brand. But I’ve also used this regular mayo with great success. And of course, you can use homemade mayonnaise as well.
Chipotle in Adobo Sauce – You’ll find a in the international or Mexican food aisle at your grocery store. Or you can get it here. And remember a small amount of chipotle chilis goes a long way. While I like Chipotle Powder for other recipes, I don't recommend it for this one.
TIP: Do you want to make this recipe vegan-friendly? Look for Vegan Mayonnaise.
If you'd like to add a bit of extra spicy flavor you can add more chipotle chiles. But be careful, because it can get too spicy. So just add a little bit and taste test.
Additions and Substitutions
Greek Yogurt - If you like the idea of a lighter version of this recipe you can try and substitute the mayonnaise with Greek Yogurt.
How To Make This Easy Chipotle Mayo Recipe
Making tasty chipotle dip is as quick as saying 1, 2, 3.
- Combine the mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, sweet smoked paprika, garlic, and lime juice in a food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
What To Serve With Chipotle Mayo
Chipotle aioli is a great sauce for so many dishes but here are some ideas I know a lot of people love.
When I was working in a restaurant, we would serve it with French Fries, Sweet Potatoes Fries, Tuna cakes, Crab Cakes, Burgers, and even as a side for burrito bowls or Baja Fish Tacos. Side dish or main dish, the sky is the limit for this dip.
How Long Does Chipotle Mayo Last?
You can store Chipotle Mayo in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 to 7 days.
Because this recipe includes garlic, I wouldn’t recommend keeping it any longer. If you’re uncertain, give it the smell test.
More Simple Dips
- Taco Dip – Perfect for game day.
- Easy Dill Dip - easy dip for snacking
- Cilantro Lime Dressing - perfect for salads or dipping
- Parsley Pesto - a spin on a classic basil dip
- Ranch Dressing – America's most famous export.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse for 30-45 seconds until well combined.
- Season with salt (optional).