Chipotle Aioli Recipe
Easy Chipotle Aioli is a verstile condiment. Use this chipotle mayo recipe on deli sandwiches, burgers, grilled cheese, fries, onion rings and more! Add a little spice to your life with aioli sauce.
Chipotle Aioli is an easy aioli sauce recipe for dipping or spreading. Also known as chipotle mayo, make it in just 5 minutes and use on everything!
Easy, creamy chipotle aioli is a quick and zesty sauce perfect for dipping or spreading on sandwiches. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce add heat while the mayonnaise is slightly sweet. This perfect combination is also known as chipotle mayo. Mayo is just a less fancy word for aioli.
Condiments can easily make or break a meal. Sauces should complement, not take over the flavor profile. Otherwise you’d just need a bowl of sauce. Gross.
Aioli sauces are the perfect way to do this. If you make the quick version using premade mayonnaise, they take only minutes and amplify the whole dish.
What is aioli? Aioli translates to “garlic and oil” and is usually emulsified with egg. Is this starting to sound familiar? Emulsified oil and egg is… drumroll please… MAYONNAISE.
You can make mayo from scratch or you can combine your desired ingredients and flavors with premade mayonnaise. So easy! Although making mayonnaise is also pretty simple. Aioli recipes differ from person to person. There is no “right” way.
So simple that I’ve taught my niece how to make her own in a blender. I love making my own, it has so much more flavor, especially when you use a good quality olive oil. For this recipe, my flavor of choice is chipotle.
Chipotle peppers are pretty spicy! Therefore, depending on how many peppers you throw into the blend, you can also adjust the heat of your sauce. Some dishes, like my Spicy Chicken Sandwich, are defined by the chipotle aioli and certain level of heat.
The adobo sauce that chipotle peppers are typically canned in also adds a layer of smoky flavor sophistication. Even if you don’t use it in the aioli, store it in an airtight container for later and use it in Mexican dishes or salad dressing. It is so tasty!
Make easy chipotle aioli sauce and store it an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Questions you might have about chipotle aioli recipes:
Is chipotle mayo spicy? It is as spicy as you want it to be. Make is less spicy by adding less chipotle peppers and/or adobo sauce. Want to sweat a little? Add more!
Is chipotle aioli vegan? When made with eggs, no. But you can use a vegan mayonnaise and it will be!
What is chipotle aioli? It isn’t just chipotle peppers blended with mayo. Mine, at least, adds a little acid with lime juice (you can also use lemon), cilantro (that can be omitted for cilantro haters), and seasoning.
Is chipotle aioli keto friendly? If it just a mayo base, then yes! Check to make sure your brand of chipotle peppers is also low sugar. Adobo sauce can have added sugar, so use minimal amounts of adobo sauce.
Does chipotle aioli have dairy? Well, no, at least my version of chipotle mayo doesn’t. Eggs aren’t dairy.
What does chipotle aioli taste like? It is a little sweet, a little spicy and a little smoky. All of these flavors can be adjusted when you are making chipotle aioli from scratch.
Tool for making easy chipotle aioli:
Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is by far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!
You might also like these other classic sauce recipes:
- Quick Garlic Aioli
- Homemade Buffalo Sauce
- Jalapeno Pineapple Sauce
- Nashville Hot Sauce
- Cilantro Lime Aioli
- 3-6 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoons cilantro , chopped and optional
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a small food processor (or blender), puree chipotle peppers and adobo sauce for 30 seconds. It should be thick and paste like, it will not be smooth. Transfer to a seperate bowl.
Without cleaning the food processor, add remaining ingredients including lime juice, mayonnaise, cilantro (optional) fine sea salt and ground black pepper.
- Add 1 tablespoon of chipotle peppers at a time until the desired taste is achieved. I use the whole can, however I like things spicy. You are much better off adding in small amounts and taste testing along the way.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes or until served. You can refrigerate for up to a week in an airtight container.
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