This fast and easy smoky chipotle sauce is the perfect addition to spice up any dish. This flavorful sauce takes only a few minutes to prepare and is perfect for those following a keto, low-carb, Atkins, or Banting diet.


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The recipe

If you’re looking for the perfect versatile sauce to compliment any dish, look no further! This chipotle sauce has a rich, smoky flavor with a hint of lime and cilantro and a light touch of spice that adds the perfect punch of flavor.


While chipotle sauce can often be purchased in the store, I really prefer this homemade version over the store-bought. I think you’ll find that the freshness of the ingredients makes a huge difference in the flavor of this sauce. Not to mention, it’s so easy to make, why not make it at home?


Also, making your own chipotle sauce gives you complete control over the flavor and spice level. Think of this recipe as the basic guidelines for chipotle sauce and don’t be afraid to experiment with the spices to find your personal preference.


Creamy Chipotle Sauce in a bowl.


The inspiration

Almost every day at college, the dining hall would have a station for burrito bowls. It was my favorite station— I probably went there almost every day during my first semester.


Eventually, I started to get a bit tired of them, but I still adored the flavorful and slightly spicy sauce that they would drizzle over the burrito bowl. Before then, I’m not sure if I had ever had Chipotle sauce, but I was quickly hooked.


When I came back home from college, I wanted to learn how to make it myself. It turned out to be way easier to make than I expected and now the sauce is a staple in our house.


Chipotle sauce on a wooden spoon


How does creamy chipotle sauce taste?

Chipotle sauce gains its distinct flavor from a smoked hot chili pepper known as the chipotle pepper. The sauce has just a hint of sweetness from the chipotle pepper. In this recipe, I include both cilantro and lime juice which adds a slightly zesty flavor to top off this sauce.


How to make chipotle sauce

It might sound intimidating at first, but chipotle sauce is surprisingly easy to make. For the base of the sauce, I use mayonnaise, which serves a great foundation for the spicier flavors of the pepper.


Preparation for the recipe only includes chopping the cilantro and chipotle pepper and then measuring out spices. In fact, once all the ingredients are prepared, combining them only takes seconds!


Is chipotle sauce spicy?

The convenient thing about this recipe is that the sauce can be as spicy or mild as you would like it to be depending on your spice tolerance level. As is, the sauce is a little bit spicy, but it’s matched with those nice smoky flavors from the chipotle pepper.


If you’re concerned about the sauce being too spicy, not to worry! I would recommend omitting the cayenne pepper and then gradually adding in the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, sampling the sauce between each addition.


Creamy Chipotle Sauce-dripping from spoon.


Chipotle sauce uses

Chipotle sauce is extremely versatile. I’m always surprised by how well it pairs with a variety of foods. Chipotle sauce goes well with hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, vegetables, or cauliflower fritters.


Honestly, the sky is the limit with how this sauce can be used. This chipotle sauce pairs particularly well with foods with Mexican seasonings or flavors.


I would recommend not using it with foods that already have seasonings that might combat with the taste of the chipotle. For example, if a dish has Italian seasoning on it, it probably won’t pair well with chipotle sauce.


Want a salad dressing? Add a little bit of water or extra lime juice to thin out the sauce to make chipotle salad dressing.


Some options from our site that may pair particularly well with chipotle sauce are our low-carb tortillas, fajita chicken skewers, or our low-carb shrimp cakes.


Final Thoughts

This flavorful sauce is the perfect addition to fridge for whenever you need that extra punch of flavor. I hope you enjoy it!




Chipotle sauce being dipped out of the bowl.


This fast and easy smoky chipotle sauce is the perfect addition to spice up any dish. This flavorful sauce takes only a few minutes to prepare and is perfect for those following a keto, low-carb, Atkins, or Banting diet.


5 from 4 votes

Creamy Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Cuisine Mexican
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 192 kcal
Author Harper Slusher


  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle pepper marinated in adobo sauce chopped finely
  • 2 tsp cilantro chopped finely
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper optional


  1. In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust pepper and salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chipotle Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 255mg11%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 400%8%
Vitamin C 0.8%1%
Calcium 30%3%
Iron 0.2%1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.