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4 April 2018

A quick and easy recipe for chipotle sauce that focuses more on the chipotle and less on the other ingredients. Chipotle all the way, yet still super creamy.

Yep. THIS is MY kind of chipotle sauce, my friends. It is nice and creamy yet still holds onto all that wonderful smoky-tangy chipotle flavor we all crave. That’s how we want it, right?

I’ve had other chipotle sauces and found some of them lacking. The recipes call for far too much cream or mayonnaise or other ingredients to achieve their desired flavor, but in the end, all you’re really left with is a mixture of mayo and yogurt that is colored with a dash of chipotle sauce in it.

NAH! That’s just not enough chipotle sauce for me.

Chipotle Sauce Recipe - Nice and Creamy

With my chipotle sauce recipe, we’re focusing on the chipotle, and it’s super easy to make. You KNOW how much I love EASY.

How to Make Chipotle Sauce – the Recipe Method

First, gather up your ingredients, which include a can of chipotles in adobe (but of course!), along with ½ cup Mexican crema (or sour cream), ¼ cup mayo, chopped cilantro, cayenne powder for flavor and heat, garlic powder, cumin, and a bit of salt and pepper.

If you’d like a citrus pop, squeeze in a bit of fresh lime juice.

Next, add it all to a food processor and puree until smooth.


That’s it. Easy, right? I love the chipotle pepper flavor.

PLUS! You’ll be using the WHOLE can of chipotles in adobo sauce for this. No need to dirty up tiny little storage containers in the refrigerator trying to save the rest. Use ALL of it.

Much better.

Chipotle Sauce - Store in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for easy use.

Recipe Tips

  • Sour cream is great, though I prefer the flavor of Mexican crema. You can usually find it near the sour cream in the grocery store. Also, consider making it with a bit of yogurt as well.
  • Real mayonnaise will give you much more flavor. You can make it with non-fat versions, but real mayo it superior.
  • Want even MORE chipotle flavor? Add in another can of chipotle peppers in adobo. You can’t go wrong. 
  • Toss in some fresh cilantro for a herbal flavor.

What Goes Best with Homemade Chipotle Sauce?

I LOVE to have this on hand for grilled chicken or pork. It’s a great finisher. Toss some fried or grilled chicken wings or legs with this chipotle sauce and go straight to flavor heaven. Fried or grilled shrimp, too.

It’s also great served as a chipotle dip with chips. Just pour it into a small bowl. It’s one of the best dipping sauces ever.

Or use it as you would any other condiment and drizzle it over sandwiches, wraps or salads. I love it on fish tacos.


Try it out with this Quick and Easy Chipotle Chicken RecipeGrilled Chicken Wings or Grilled Shrimp.

You pretty much have to make it homemade. I never see chipotle sauce in grocery stores. I’d rather make it at home anyway. More chipotle flavor for me!

Give it a go, my friends. Let me know how you like it, and how you best like to serve it. Curious to hear! Enjoy. – Mike H.

Chipotle Sauce Recipe - Use it as a finishing sauce or as a dip or condiment.

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Chipotle Sauce Recipe - Super Creamy and VERY Chipotle
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5 from 13 votes

Chipotle Sauce - Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for chipotle sauce that focuses more on the chipotle and less on the other ingredients. Chipotle all the way, yet still super creamy.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time3 mins
Course: Salsa
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chipotle, spicy
Servings: 32 Tablespoons
Calories: 18kcal


  • 7 ounce can chipotles in adobo sauce or use chipotle sauce
  • ½ cup Mexican crema sour cream is good, too
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth!
  • Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.


Makes about 2 cups. A tablespoon is about 18 calories.


Calories: 18kcal
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Chipotle Sauce


  1. I made it exactly how it said, but mine came out thick and a lot darker than the one shown. Any thoughts as to why?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Zac, it could be the starting product, or amount of heat used. You can thin this out with a bit of water.

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this recipe!!! We toned it down just a touch with a little more sour cream and Mayo but it was still spicy enough. Just wondering how long this could last in the fridge or freezer???

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks Jacquie! Glad you enjoyed it. This should last a few weeks easily (or longer) in the refrigerator, sealed. Not sure how well it would freeze, as the ingredients would probably separate.

  3. Found that 1 teaspoon of cayenne was wayy too much, added Agave Nectar to tame it down. Can’t go wrong with Sweet & Spicy 🙂
    Thank you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Glad you were able to adjust, Lori. I DO like it quite spicy.

  4. Paul Dallender

    5 stars
    Living in the UK I can only get the Chipotle in Adobo Sauce on line (at least where I live). Now I have the ingredients to make my own Adobo sauce (using your recipe) and I have the dried Chipotle chillies. How much of the sauce and how many dried Chipotles (rehydrated) do you recommend to make your Chipotle sauce? The cans have a content weight of 220g 25% of which according to the ingredients is Chipotle chilli, that’s 55g (about 8 to 10 chillies) which seems a lot to me.

    I know a lot of it is down to personal taste but I’m new to everything chilli and I don’t want to make it and find after putting in eight chillies it is just too hot to enjoy.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Paul, you can easily just use 1-2 of the chipotles with some of the adobo sauce at first. Mix it in, give the chipotle sauce a taste, then adjust from there. You can save whatever you don’t use. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  5. Do you think this would work as a salad dressing? It looks a lot like this one restaurant salad dressing I’m trying to replicate

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Allie, I do. I think this would be quite enjoyable as a salad dressing. You could thin it out a touch if you wanted. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  6. 5 stars
    Spicy and I don’t really get along well anymore so I did myself a little favor; I halved each chipotle pepper and scraped out most of the seeds (saving as much adobo sauce as possible.) Skipped the cayenne too but put in some freshly cracked pepper. Still such great flavor. Blended it directly in the sour cream tub with my handheld blender.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Perfect, Jake! I love that you were able to adjust it to your own heat preferences. Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Made the sauce not do you think it’s a good idea to sauté it with cut up chicken

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Kameelah, I would just toss it with the sauteed chicken to finish it. I think that would be great. Let me know how that turns out for you.

  8. Very spicy. Actually too spicy and I LOVE spicy food. Hoping to figure out how to calm it down a bit. Very good sauce, though.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Todd. You can calm it down by incorporating more sour cream or crema. You can also incorporate tomato sauce to dilute it. It will change the flavor, but will still be delicious. I appreciate the comments!

  9. Konstantin

    5 stars
    I made it with chipotle paste, came out super yum
    but it says in yr recipe that I need chipotle sauce to make chipotle sauce?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Konstantin. Yeah, this recipe is for a creamy chipotle sauce, which does need the adobo sauce (or sauce from chipotles in adobo, which some people just call chipotle sauce). Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. virginia Pierce

    5 stars My new favorite sauce! We made shrimp tacos and it was to die …we had to cut it cause it was too spicy for us at first but we add mayo and perfect!for thanks Virginia

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Virginia! Glad you enjoyed it!!

  11. I am making this today (Cinco de Mayo) to go with cauliflower tacos. Can’t wait to try it!!!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! I hope you enjoy the sauce and the tacos!

  12. I have chipotle sauce and powder, not sure how to sub for the 7 oz can? Could someone help me? Thanks

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jodie, in what form is your chipotle sauce? What are you trying to sub for? If you are trying to use powder instead of sauce, just use about 3-4 tablespoons of the powder with a cup or so of water or stock instead of the sauce. This particular recipe is a creamy sauce. Sorry for my confusion.

  13. Margie Fawcett

    5 stars
    Delicious. LOVED this. Made it to top nachos and can’t wait to pour it on everything else! Thanks you.

  14. 5 stars
    Loved, loved, loved the sauce!!! Smoky, spicy and tangy – would definitely make this again (and again) in the future!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! Thanks, Haeun! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Nice! I think that would be quite tasty! Making me hungry, Constance.

  15. Catherine

    5 stars
    Love the sauce! However, I’m living alone and I made way too much to consume within 7-10 days!! Can this recipe be frozen or something?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Catherine, this recipe doesn’t freeze well because of the mayo. Instead, I would make a smaller batch by halving or quartering the ingredients, but then freeze the chipotles in adobo. I hope this helps.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Claude, it should last at least a week. I like to add a small layer of olive oil over the top to help preserve it. It could last a bit longer, but check it for mold, etc.

  16. 5 stars
    Yum! I love a good quick and easy to make homemade sauce and this chipotle sauce is just what I was looking for to go with some fish tacos this weekend. Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Perfect! Just the think for tacos for sure! Enjoy.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Stephanie! Such an easy and TASTY sauce. I love this one.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I know, right? Drizzle it over everything! Thanks, Lauren.

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