Chipotle Sauce Ingredients

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Looking for the Chipotle Sauce ingredients? Well now you’ve come to the right place! I’ve compiled a list of Chipotle Sauce ingredients that are perfect for your kitchen. This Chipotle Sauce recipe is so simple to make, so get ready and make those ingredients!

If you love the taste of Chipotle hot sauce why not make your own copycat recipe at home? Making your own chipotle sauce a lot cheaper than buying the original.

CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Chipotle sauce is an easy way to add smokiness, heat, and zesty flavor to any dish. It can be drizzled over tacos or turned into a creamy dip. Either way, this recipe is incredibly easy to make with the help of just a few pantry staples.

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When it comes to elevating recipes, sauces and seasonings are key. And when it comes to Mexican-inspired recipes, it’s hard to beat chipotle sauce (or chipotle crema) for that creamy, spicy, addictive flavor. If you’ve never made it at home before, let me show you how easy it is!

WHAT ARE CHIPOTLE PEPPERS IN ADOBO SAUCE?

The secret to this homemade sauce is chipotle peppers in adobo. But what is that exactly? Well, it’s a combination of things. Chipotle peppers are red jalapeños that have been smoked and dried. And the adobo is a velvety, tangy, and sweet sauce made from dried chili peppers.

Together, they make for a zesty, spicy, ridiculously flavorful pair, which is why they’re sold in jars that way.

You can use the chipotle peppers for an intense smoky heat. Or use a tablespoon of the sauce for a subtle, fiery sweetness. Needless to say, it makes for an extremely versatile pantry staple if you like adding a spice kick.

Chipotle sauce ingredients in a food processor, and then blended.
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MAKING CHIPOTLE SAUCE FROM SCRATCH

To make this, you’ll need ingredients you might already have on hand. Then all you need to do is blend the ingredients in a food processor until it’s smooth and creamy. It couldn’t be any easier!

  • Mayo: This is the base foundation for any chipotle sauce.
  • Sour Cream: Adds extra creaminess and a slight tanginess.
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo: The key ingredient that gives this sauce it’s smoky and spicy flavor.
  • Lime Juice: The acidity balances out the spiciness.
  • Garlic and Salt: Helps tie all the flavors together.

CAN YOU USE CHIPOTLE POWDER?

If you can’t find chipotle peppers, a dried and ground version works in a pinch! Just keep in mind that one dried chipotle pepper is equivalent to 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle powder. If you feel that’s not enough, you can always add a bit more and blend again.

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WAYS TO USE CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Now that you have your sauce, let the fun begin. I like to use it in my creamy chipotle shrimp to give the sauce that delicious smokiness. But there’s countless ways to use it. Here’s a few ideas.

  • Dip it with: baked zucchini fries, curly sweet potato fries , baked yuca fries , or a chicken and black bean wrap
  • Drizzle it on top of: shrimp tacos, carne asada tacos , salmon patties, or chicken fajitas
  • Spoon it on top of: carne asada fries, taco salad, carnitas burrito bowl

DIFFERENT VARIATIONS

If you need to meet a dietary need or switch up the flavors, below are a few options.

  • Make it dairy-free by substituting the sour cream with cashew sour cream.
  • Make it vegan by using the cashew sour cream and a vegan mayonnaise.
  • Spice it up by adding an extra half of a chipotle pepper into the food processor.
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STORAGE TIPS

To store chipotle sauce:  Scoop it into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

To store leftover chipotle peppers: Since the peppers and sauce have a strong flavor, you’ll most likely only be using a quarter of the can. So I recommend freezing them in a freezer-safe bag or glass container. They’ll keep for about 3 months and can thaw easily whenever you’re ready to use.

Chipotle Sauce

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.Chipotle Sauce Recipe - Super Creamy and VERY Chipotle

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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
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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.

BOOM!

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.

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.

Chipotle Sauce

Once you try this homemade chipotle sauce recipe you’ll never go back to the store-bought one. Quick and easy to make, we love to serve this with any type of tacos or as a dipping sauce for burritos, chips, fries, or drizzle over the nachos, salads.

Image of chipotle sauce in a bowl with drizzle showing using small spoon.
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❤️Why I Love This Recipe

  • You’ll need only 5 minutes and a blender.
  • It is a little creamy and super spicy with smokey flavors (Yup! that’s my kind of sauce). 
  • Very forgiving recipe and easy to customize. E.g. you can make more creamy, less spicy. See the details on how to do it in the tips section below.
  • A very versatile dipping or topping sauce. See the serving ideas below.
  • Because of its bold flavors, it can jazz up your boring meal into something delicious, mouthwatering.

NOTE: Most chipotle sauce recipes you’ll find on the internet are heavier on creaminess and less spicy hence you see lighter color with just a tinge of chipotle peppers. I feel that’s lacking the real chipotle smokey flavor. Mine is focused on chipotle peppers, super smokey, super spicy with little creaminess.

🧾Ingredient Notes

Here is the pic of ingredients to make the easy homemade chipotle sauce. Very few (8 ingredients) and the end result is superb.

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  • Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce: This is the main ingredient. All the smokiness and spicy taste come from this only. Very easily available in any American grocery stores’ Mexican aisle. If you have never tried it, you’re missing it!! 
  • Sour cream: If you have Mexican crema on hand then use that. I didn’t want to buy a jar of it just to use in this recipe. So I have used sour cream. Or you can use greek yogurt.
  • Chili powder: This is not the Indian red chili powder. It is the American chili powder which is a mixture of different chilies with few other seasonings.  

👩‍🍳Step By Step Photo Instructions 

Take everything in the blender jar or food processor and blend until smooth. Super easy, right?

  1. Sour cream, mayonnaise, chipotle peppers added. 
  2. Salt, spices (chili powder, cumin powder, garlic powder), and lime juice added. 
  3. Cilantro is added. 
  4. Everything is blended well and chipotle sauce is ready.
Collage of 4 steps making chipotle sauce. Includes adding sour cream, mayo, chipotle peppers, salt, spices, cilantro in the blender and blended sauce.
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💭Expert Tips:

  • Want to make less spicy and more creamy? 
    Instead of the whole can of chipotle peppers. Just use 2-3 peppers and with little adobo sauce. The color of your chipotle sauce will be lighter than mine. 
  • Make drizzle consistency (like dressing) for your salads or bowls by adding little water and adjust as per your liking. But make sure not to thin too much otherwise, it dilutes the flavors. The consistency of this homemade sauce is super thick
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

🍽 Serving Ideas

  • Serve with any type of tacos (like potato tacos, paneer tacos), tostadas or quesadillas.
  • Use as a dipping sauce for burritos, air fryer sweet potato fries, potato wedges, zucchini fries or simply dip your tortilla chips into it. 
  • Make a dressing consistency and drizzle over the nachos or burrito bowls or salads.
  • Keep the consistency thick and spread over the bread/bun for your burgers and sandwiches.

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