This Chipotle Southwest Sauce is rich and ultra creamy with a kick of spice. It is easy to make and has simple no fuss ingredients. Just throw everything into a blender and your new favorite sauce is ready. Put it on tacos, burgers, or dip your fries in it.
Why You’ll LOVE This Chipotle Southwest Sauce:
- THICK AND CREAMY- Just like any perfect sauce should be!
- IT IS A QUICK, 5 MINUTE RECIPE- Throw the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
- A “FOR EVERYTHING” CONDIMENT- I really mean it. Use this everything from sandwiches to salad or a dip for fries, wings, and beyond.
- BETTER THAN STORE-BOUGHT SAUCE– and it is made without additives, preservatives, and food dyes.
What Does Chipotle Southwest Sauce Taste Like?
Chipotle Southwest Sauce has a very distinct yet balanced flavor. It is smokey, rich, slightly sweet, and rounded out with a kick of spice. But don’t worry, you can alter the level of spiciness to suit your tastebuds. It is a popular condiment served at Subway and Taco Bell so you might have had it before!
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Ingredients In Chipotle Southwest Sauce
- Mayonnaise: I used reduced fat olive oil mayo but you can use your favorite. Just make sure you are not using sweet Miracle Whip.
- Plain Greek Yogurt: This adds a tangy element to the sauce (I like the added protein too). You could also use sour cream, ranch dressing, or more mayonnaise in it’s place.
- Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: This is where the flavor and spice comes from. You will want to take portions of the adobo sauce and peppers to use.
- Worcestershire Sauce: This adds a salty depth of flavor. Soy sauce can be used in it’s place.
- Granulated Sugar: This adds a small amount of sweetness and really rounds out the sauce. You could also use cane sugar or honey.
- Spices: We will use a combination of parsley, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Food processor– or a blender of some type
- Glass jar or container– make sure it is an airtight container so your sauce doesn’t go bad too quickly.
How to Make Chipotle Southwest Sauce
This sauce is so quick and easy to make. Here is a quick overview of the steps, the recipe card below will have all the details.
- ADD all the ingredients to a food processor or blender.
- PULSE until everything is well combined and the chipotle peppers have been completely pulverized.
- POUR into an airtight glass jar or container.
- REFRIGERATE for at least an hour (overnight preferred) before serving.
This Chipotle Southwest Sauce should ALWAYS be stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. It has the same life as the mayonnaise and Greek yogurt used. Check their expiration date and which ever date is the soonest is the one you should follow OR it should be used within a month. Be sure to check the sauce prior to using for mold spores and a foul smell.
4 Tips for the BEST Sauce
USE HIGH QUALITY MAYONNAISE- Making homemade sauces means every ingredient counts. So, make sure you are using a good mayonnaise. I like to use Avocado Oil Mayonnaise because it is healthier and has a wonderful flavor.
MAKE IT AS SPICY AS YOU WANT- You can add more or less Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce to suit your taste buds. I cannot handle heat very well and this has the perfect level of spice. It feels warm but not overwhelming.
STORE SOUTWEST SAUCE IN AN AIRTIGHT JAR- All of my homemade sauces and dressings are stored in a jar. They are airtight, I don’t have to worry about spills, they are dishwasher safe, and won’t leach harmful chemicals into your food (like plastic squeeze bottles).
REFRIGERATE BEFORE SERVING- For at least an hour, preferably overnight. Letting the flavors meld together and develop is essential!
Try This Chipotle Southwest Sauce With …
This southwest sauce is super versatile and goes with and on almost anything! Here are a few ways I use up my sauce:
As A Dip For:
- fries or my Smashed Fingerling Potatoes
- chicken wings- try my crispy baked wings
- chips (potato and tortillas)
- chicken nuggets or tenders
- fresh vegetables or even roasted veggies
Smother It On:
- burgers or Ground Beef Sliders
- tacos, quesadillas, or my Chili Cheese Nachos
- sandwiches, paninis, wraps, Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
- pulled pork sliders
Use Up The Leftover Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
There is nothing worse than having a random can of something taking up space in the refrigerator. Here are a few ideas on how to use up your chipotles in adobo.
- add them to Smoked Queso Dip
- Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta
- hearty Butternut Squash Chili
- make more Chipotle Southwest Sauce to give to friends and family
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
This depends on the amount of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce you use. If you follow this recipe as written it will be a mild spice level with perfect smokiness. Use more for a spicier Chipotle Southwest Sauce.
Yes definitely! I recommend making and refrigerating the sauce for at least 30 minutes or overnight prior to using it. But really you can make it and use it at anytime within the expiration date.
More Condiments You Might Like:
- Quick Pickled Jalapenos
- Blackberry BBQ Sauce
- Horseradish Aioli
- Yogurt Dill Sauce
- Sriracha Aioli
- Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
- Apple Butter BBQ Sauce
- Hot Honey Sauce
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Chipotle Southwest Sauce
- Food Processor
- glass jar; with an airtight lid
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup Greek yogurt; plain
- 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- ½ tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon parsley; dried
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Place all ingredients into a large blender or food processor- mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, granulated sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Blend until smooth and all the ingredients have been well distributed.
- Pour into a glass jar with an airtight lid.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight before enjoying.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container. The sauce will expire when your mayo or Greek yogurt does (check their containers for the date).
Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.