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Chipotle Lime Sauce

What is Chipotle Lime Sauce?

The chipotle sauce is a flavorful condiment made from blended chipotle peppers and fresh lime juice with other simple ingredients to create a smoky, tangy, slightly spicy sauce.

What is Chipotle Sauce Made of?

  • Chipotle Peppers: I use one can of Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Reduce the amount of peppers and adobo sauce you include to adjust the spice level.
  • Cilantro: Include fresh cilantro leaves to balance the heat of the creamy sauce.
  • Garlic: I use three fresh garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Mayonnaise: Thicken the sauce with full-fat mayonnaise, like Duke’s or Hellman’s, or plain Greek yogurt for a lighter option. 
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream creates a smooth texture and tangy flavor that complements the savory ingredients.
  • Lime Juice: Flavor the chipotle lime sauce with fresh lime juice from one lime and lime zest. You can also use lemon juice, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. 
  • Spices: Season the homemade sauce with salt and black pepper. 
  • Olive OilOlive oil works alongside the sour cream and mayonnaise to create the perfect creamy texture for the sauce. Use more olive oil or add a little water to thin it out if you want to use the sauce as a salad dressing.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Add a tap or two of liquid smoke if you prefer more of a smoky flavor.
  • Incorporate a little bit of honey, agave nectar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup for a sweeter sauce. 
  • Use 5-8 dried chipotle chili peppers for a more authentic flavor. Dry toast the chiles in a non-stick pan over medium or high heat, depending on your oven range, until they are aromatic. Transfer the peppers to a bowl of warm water to rehydrate before using them in the sauce. Alternatively, add one tablespoon of chipotle powder instead of the chipotle in adobo sauce. 

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

It’s best to use a high-powered blender for the smoothest sauces, but you can also use a food processor to make the chipotle cream sauce.

How to Make Chipotle Lime Sauce

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Add all of the ingredients, apart from olive oil, to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

Ingredients for the sauce in a food processor.

Step 2: Stir in the olive oil and taste and season with salt and pepper.

Ingredients for the sauce in a food processor.
Chipotle lime sauce in a small bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Chipotle lime sauce is one of my favorite sauces to drizzle over Mexican food, like carne asada tacoselotes Mexicano, taco salads, birria nachos, and tachos.

Use the flavorful sauce to enhance BBQ recipes, such as grilled chicken breast, brisket, and BBQ baked chicken legs, or as a sandwich spread for zesty pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, or chicken spinach wraps for a spicy kick. Flavor fish or shrimp tacos by spooning the creamy chipotle sauce over the top.

Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and use it as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets, fried shrimp, smashed Brussels sprouts, tater tots, onion rings, french fries, or air fried plantains.

What to do with the Leftovers

  • ​Refrigerate: Store the leftover sauce in an airtight container. The chipotle lime sauce will keep for one week.

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Chipotle lime sauce in a small bowl.

Chipotle Lime Sauce

Tressa Jamil
Prepare a creamy chipotle lime sauce with a smoky flavor in just 5 minutes. Use the spicy to enhance tacos, salad, and BBQ recipes. 
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 147 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 can (7 ounce) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • lime juice 1 lime, plus ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
 
  • Add all of the ingredients, apart from olive oil, to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  • Stir in the olive oil and taste and season with salt and pepper.
Notes
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 147 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 12 mg | Sodium: 238 mg | Potassium: 24 mg | Vitamin A: 103 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 14 mg
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