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    Smokin’ Hot Chipotle Mayo

    Regular mayo’s OOOmmph level optimized = Your Chipotle Mayo!!
    A great sauce can make all the difference, anyone else feel me? He can be your best friend, always there! Be it loyally giving company to your chips, fries, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, burrito bowls, tacos(Baja fish and shrimp tacos screaming here for more ), crab cakes, salmon cakes, sushi and the list goes on and on and on…

    Our verdict: This obsessive worthy thing you can have handy in your life, this spicy + tangy + zingy thing in your squirt bottle, will change how you look at mayo forever… Yum Yum Yum and then SOME!!

    chipotle mayo in a white dish on a wooden cutting board

    When grocery shopping, are you reaching out again for your favourite chipotle mayo? Don’t. Why settle for something that has an ingredient list that doesn’t sound like real food, loaded with tons of preservatives? Especially when you can make your very own chipotle mayo in a matter of a few minutes… how about 10 minutes max? Sounds good, right? So let’s do it. You can jump straight to the recipe, or be with me for some more fun facts of this Bomb sauce…

    What is Chipotle Mayo, or Chipotle Aioli?

    Both are the same sauce. Chipotle Aioli just seems a fancier name. Plain aioli is quite similar to mayonnaise, found in the cuisines of Spain, France and Italy. Like mayo, it is made with raw eggs emulsified with oil, but with the inclusion of garlic.The word aioli literally means “garlic and oil” and that’s why chipotle aioli is what chipotle mayo is. Tada! Just to clear up some facts.

    There are a lot of different ways to give your mayo a spicy makeover. People use chili powder, smoked paprika, chipotle powder or chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The last one is my favorite, as it gives the perfect amount of smoky kick to the sauce. Whatever spice source you add, all you need is some fresh lime juice to give an extra freshness and tang, a little garlic to make it zesty, and a little kosher salt… and voila, every meal sounds double tempting.

    side view of our bowl of chipotle mayo with the blender in the background

    So what is Chipotle?

    Chipotles are nothing but smoked jalapenõs. And chipotle in adobo sauce are these smoked peppers added to adobo sauce, which is a barbeque like sauce commonly used in Mexican cuisine. So that can of chipotle in adobo sauce is packed with smoky, tangy spiciness with a dash of sweet factor. All these flavors result in excellent chipotle mayo, rather than using just some spice powders. We highly recommend grabbing a can of these chipotles in adobo sauce, which normally finds its place in the latin section of your grocery store.

    This is all you need

    our ingredients arranged on a cutting board
    • Mayonnaise – We like full fat mayo for this recipe, but your choice.
    • Chipotles in adobo sauce – For the ultimate chipotle mayo.
    • Garlic – Just a little.
    • Lime juice – A little splash goes a long way.
    • Salt

    This is a super quick one, almost as quick as a few blinks of your eyes… 🙂

    Cut the stems off the chipotle peppers and scrape out the seeds. Don’t worry too much if you miss a few seeds.

    two chipotle peppers on a cutting board with the seeds scraped out

    Then transfer the peppers to a blender, along with adobo sauce, and purée them for 30 seconds. You can use anywhere from 3-6 peppers, depending on how spicy you want the sauce. Transfer them to a bowl and set aside.

    blended chipotles in the blender

    Now in the same blender (no need to clean) add in mayonnaise, garlic, lime juice and salt. Start by adding just 1 Tbsp of the ground up chipotle peppers and give all it a whirl.

    all of the ingredients added to the blender

    Taste and keep adding the chipotle paste and blending till you get your desired spiciness. For someone like me, who likes things spicy, I might go up to 4-5 tablespoons. But you are best off adding in small amounts, and stopping when it’s just right for you. Keep track so next time you know exactly how much chipotle you like in your mayo, so you can swirl everything together at one go!

    the finished product in a blender

    This is best served cold, so keep it in the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving. And then you are ready to drizzle it over anything and everything.

    There are unlimited ways to use this sauce:

    a fried shrimp being dipped into our chiotle mayo

    Your life is never going to be same when it comes to biting into the following loaded with this chipotle mayo…

    Burgers, sandwiches (can you imagine how much your regular chicken sandwich gets an oomph from adding this spicy mayo?), wraps, hot dogs, nachos, tacos, burrito bowls, chicken salads, egg salads, coleslaw, po boys… Dilute the sauce with a little water to make it chipotle mayo crema and it’s excellent as a creamy salad dressing.

    How about dipping your fries? My favorite are sweet potato fries, as the sweet and spicy is an excellent combo. Tostones or potato latkes are great with this sauce. Dip your chicken nuggets, fried shrimp or fried fish. How about salmon cakes or crab cakes? Even sushi… boy, are you like me, drooling already?

    a piece of sushi roll being dipped into chipotle mayo

    A few variations

    1. If you are watching your calories, you can make the same recipe using greek yogurt or half mayo and half yogurt.
    2. Experiment with adding other ingredients like sour cream or a dash of honey, or some chopped cilantro or green onions. All of them result in great chipotle mayo. It doesn’t have to be the same every single time.

    Ok, saying all this, how to store it?

    This is best stored up to a week in an air tight jar or a container. Sometimes I do fill my plastic squirt bottles and then it’s fun drizzling it over everything.

    People also ask

    I don’t have chipotle in adobo sauce, what else I can use?

    You can use any chipotle based hot sauce.
    You can use chipotle powder. As with the canned, add a little at a time until you find your desired spiciness.
    You can use smoked paprika and cayenne powder. Start with 1 tsp of each.

    Is this sauce spicy?

    As we told you, it’s as spicy as you want. It just depends on how much chipotle you use.

    Can I make it vegan?

    Sure you can. Just replace regular mayo with a vegan variety.

    Is it keto friendly?

    Yup. When you use just mayo as its base. Look out for the sugar content in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce though. Try the variety with spice powders.

    close up of our dish of chipotle mayo

    Saying all this, friends, see how easy and quick is to add loads of deliciousness to your everyday life? Try some of our GypsyPlate recipes with this tasty sauce and let us know how you like it. Until next time… take care!

    Chipotle Mayo, on my Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    chipotle mayo in a white dish atop the gypsy plate

    These Gypsy Plate classics go great with Chipotle Mayo!
    Sweet Potato Fries
    German Sauerkraut Balls
    Salmon Patties
    Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl
    Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos

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    Smokin' Hot Chipotle Mayo

    Yield: 1 cup
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes

    Want to add a little flair to your condiment selection? This quick & easy chipotle mayo is the answer! Five ingredients and five minutes are all you need to bring new life to your favorite spread!


    • 3-6 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 lime
    • 1 garlic
    • Kosher salt to taste


    1. Remove the stems from chipotle pepeprs and scoop out the seeds.
    2. In a small blender or food processor, blend chipotle peppers along with a couple of tablespoons of adobo sauce till it is a thick paste. We like our small bullet blender for this recipe. Transfer the paste to a bowl.
    3. In the same blender, add mayonnaise, lime, chopped garlic and salt. Mix in chipotle paste one tablespoon at a time and blend
    4. Taste and keep on adding the adobo paste till it reaches desired hotness. It's better to add in small amounts, as you can always increase the chilies but can't reduce the heat if its too hot for your taste.
    5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.


    You can refrigerate chipotle mayo in an air tight container up to one week.

    The unused chipotle peppers can be frozen in a container for a couple of months.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 16 Serving Size 1 Tbsp
    Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 6mgSodium 130mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 1g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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