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29 September 2021

This chipotle aioli recipe is so creamy and easy to make with just the right amount of spice, the perfect dipping sauce, sandwich spread and so much more.

Get your whisks or blenders ready, my friends! We’re making creamy, spicy Chipotle Aioli today, and you’re going to love it.

If you’ve never made your own homemade aioli, it’s time to start. It is easier than you might think, and they are addictively delicious. An aioli is very much like a mayonnaise, a thick and creamy sauce that you can enjoy on it’s own or blend with other ingredients to build a world of rich and zesty sauces.

I find aioli sauces superior to store bought mayo-based sauces as they are full fat and very fresh without any preservatives or other add-ins. They’re just so much more flavorful, and easy to make for any home cook.

This chipotle aioli hits all the right notes, extra creamy, just the right amount of chipotle heat and tanginess, and there are so many ways to use it. This is going to be a regular in your kitchen from now on.

You’ll want to put chipotle aioli on everything.

Let’s talk about how to make chipotle aioli, shall we?

Scooping up a spoonful of Chipotle Aioli

Chipotle Aioli Ingredients

  • Egg Yolk.
  • Chipotle Sauce. Use the sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or chipotle powder.
  • Garlic. Optional. I love the addition of garlic.
  • Oil. Use a mix of extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil, or use any neutral oil, like grapeseed oil.
  • Cayenne Pepper. Optional, for extra spiciness.
  • Salt and Pepper. To taste.
  • Lime Juice. Lemon juice is good, too.

Chipotle Aioli on a platter, ready to serve

How to Make Chipotle Aioli – the Recipe Method

WHISKING METHOD

First Ingredients. Add the egg yolk, chipotle sauce and garlic to a small bowl.

Chipotle Aioli ingredients in a bowl, ready for whisking

Whisk. Whisk vigorously to incorporate.

Starting to whisk the Chipotle Aioli in a bowl

Oil. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and avocado oil a tablespoon at a time while whisking vigorously. It helps to keep the bowl set firmly in place (SEE RECIPE NOTES). You may need to add the oil a bit at a time, then whisk.

Whisk Until Smooth.  Whisk until the the aioli is thick and creamy (emulsified). This will take several minutes.

Whisking the Chipotle Aioli in a bowl

Seasonings. Stir in the cayenne, salt to taste and lime juice. Taste and adjust. Want more chipotle? Add it in. Touch more salt? Go for it.

BLENDER METHOD

Food Processor. To a food processor or blender, add the egg yolk, chipotle and grated garlic. Process until smooth, about 15 seconds.

Oil. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and avocado oil in a thin stream a tablespoon at a time while processing. You may need to add the oil a bit at a time, then process.

Slowly drizzling oil into the food processor to make sriracha aioli

Process Until Smooth. Process until the the aioli is thick and creamy (emulsified). This should take about 2 minutes, though may take longer. Take your time.

Seasonings. Stir in the cayenne, salt to taste and lime juice. Process to incorporate. Taste and adjust. I usually like to add in more chipotle.

Boom! Done! Your chipotle aioli is ready to serve. It is so creamy, right? Makes about 1 cup or so. I’m ready to dig into this. Nice level of heat! Just a touch.

Chipotle Aioli in a bowl surrounded by french fries

Serving Ideas

Chipotle aioli is great as a dipping sauce or a simple spread. Serve it with french fries like my Baked Cajun Fries, sweet potato fries, just about anything fried, or raw vegetables. Spoon some onto sandwiches, fish tacos, bean burritos, nachos, so much more!

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Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Chipotle. I love to use some of the chipotle sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, which has a ton of flavor. You can save the rest for a later use. You can often find cans of pureed chipotle sauce in the same section of the grocery store. Or, you can use chipotle powder instead. It works great!
  • Taste and Adjust. Be sure to give your chipotle aioli a taste before serving. You may want more salt, more lime, more garlic. I usually double the chipotle sauce for my own personal taste, but some people find that a bit too spicy.
  • Whisking Tips. To keep the whisking bowl from moving around as I whisk, I use a metal bowl with a rubber bottom that keeps it in place on the counter top. It helps to set the bowl onto a towel, then into a pan to keep it steady.
  • Pasteurized Eggs. The FDA recommends for recipes calling for raw eggs when the dish is served to use pasteurized egg products.
  • Easier Chipotle Aioli. If you’d prefer to skip using eggs and oil and all the associated whisking and processing that goes along with it, try my Chipotle Mayo recipe, which uses a base of chipotle and mayonnaise. It’s very close to this recipe!

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my chipotle aioli recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how you decided to serve it up! French fries, anyone?

Buy Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

You can usually find these products in grocery stores, but see the following links to see the types of products I am talking about.

Chipotle Aioli in a bowl with french fries

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Chipotle Aioli Recipe
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Chipotle Aioli Recipe

This chipotle aioli recipe is so creamy and easy to make with just the right amount of spice, the perfect dipping sauce, sandwich spread and so much more.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aioli, chipotle, mayonnaise
Servings: 48 teaspoons
Calories: 22kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle sauce or more to taste - or use 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1 clove garlic grated, optional
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil use a great quality oil
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or use any neutral oil, like grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional, for extra spiciness
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions

WHISKING METHOD

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, chipotle and grated garlic.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and avocado oil a tablespoon at a time while whisking vigorously. It helps to keep the bowl set firmly in place (SEE RECIPE NOTES). You may need to add the oil a bit at a time, then whisk.
  • Whisk until the the aioli is thick and creamy (emulsified). This will take several minutes.
  • Stir in the cayenne, salt to taste and lime juice. Taste and adjust (more chipotle, more salt, etc).
  • Serve.

BLENDER METHOD

  • To a food processor or blender, add the egg yolk, chipotle and grated garlic. Process until smooth, about 15 seconds.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and avocado oil in a thin stream a tablespoon at a time while processing. You may need to add the oil a bit at a time, then process.
  • Process until the the aioli is thick and creamy (emulsified). This should take about 2 minutes, though may take longer. Take your time.
  • Stir in the cayenne, salt to taste and lime juice. Process to incorporate. Taste and adjust (more chipotle, more salt, etc).
  • Serve.

Notes

Makes about 1 cup.
Chipotle. I love to use some of the chipotle sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce, which has a ton of flavor. You can save the rest for a later use. You can often find cans of pureed chipotle sauce in the same section of the grocery store. Or, you can use chipotle powder instead. It works great!
Whisking Tips. To keep the whisking bowl from moving around as I whisk, I use a metal bowl with a rubber bottom that keeps it in place on the counter top. It helps to set the bowl onto a towel, then into a pan to keep it steady.
Pasteurized Eggs. The FDA recommends for recipes calling for raw eggs when the dish is served to use pasteurized egg products.
Easier Chipotle Aioli. If you'd prefer to skip using eggs and oil and all the associated whisking and processing that goes along with it, try my Chipotle Mayo recipe, which uses a base of chipotle and mayonnaise. It's very close to this recipe!

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg