Make the best creamy Chipotle Sauce in just 5 minutes, with only 5 ingredients, using this easy recipe! This sauce is seriously delicious drizzled over burrito bowls, fajitas and tacos, or as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or taquitos! It’s zesty, smoky, slightly spicy and oh-so-scrumptious!

chipotle sauce in bowl with spoon

Since 2016 when I drizzled this chipotle sauce on these Brisket Tacos, I’ve been making this sauce and putting it on everything! It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized that over the last 8 years, this recipe never had it’s own dedicated post on the blog. Today, that all changes!

This sauce is so good, it’s certainly deserving of it’s own dedicated home on the blog. I keep this sauce in the fridge almost all of the time because it’s so incredibly versatile. It’s a great sauce for drizzling on bowls, salads, tacos or fajitas. It’s also a great dipping sauce for chicken strips, french fries and taquitos.

You’re going to love this sauce, and here’s why!

Three reasons you’ll love this sauce

  1. It’s easy to make in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients!
  2. It’s versatile and can be served with a ton of dishes!
  3. It tastes so delicious, with layers of flavor that range from smoky and spicy, to creamy and zesty!
ingredients for chipotle sauce on white wood board

Ingredients

  • Sour cream – the creamy base for the sauce. You can also use Mexican crema or full-fat Greek yogurt for the base.
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – you’ll find these canned chili peppers in the hispanic section of the grocery store. For this recipe, you’ll use 2 peppers from the can. These peppers give this recipe the real chipotle flavor that shines through in the sauce.
  • Lime juice – a hint of fresh squeezed lime juice adds a delicious zest to the sauce.
  • Garlic – I recommend a fresh clove of garlic for the best flavor.
  • Salt – to season the sauce and enhance the flavor of the chipotle peppers.
  • Honey (optional) – if you’d like to add a hint of sweetness to the sauce, feel free to add 1 teaspoon honey. I’ve made this recipe with it, and without it, and it’s delicious either way!

Instructions

  1. Add the sour cream, chipotle peppers, lime juice, garlic clove, salt (and honey, if you’re using it) to a blender, or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Easy as that, in 5 minutes or less you have a deliciously creamy sauce ready for drizzling and dipping!

Recipe notes

  • To make a dairy-free and vegan version of this sauce, use this vegan chipotle sauce recipe that’s made with a base of soaked cashews, instead of sour cream.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free.
  • To increase the spice level of the sauce, add an additional chipotle pepper and 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can of peppers.
  • To add sweetness to this sauce, add 1 teaspoon honey. If you’d like it even sweeter, add an additional teaspoon of honey.
  • You can easily double this recipe. Simply click the 2X button in the recipe card below. The ingredient amounts will automatically update to make a double batch of the sauce. Follow the instructions the same as if you were making a single batch.

Storage tips

Chipotle sauce can be stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 10 days. It will thicken up as it sits in the fridge. Simply give it a stir to loosen it up before serving.

I do not recommend freezing any sauce that contains dairy. The sauce will separate in the freezer and will not be the same consistency once it’s defrosted.

carne asada bowl with chipotle crema drizzle on top

Ways to use it

I literally put this creamy chipotle sauce on everything! It’s so flavorful, you can’t go wrong eating it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. Try it on the Carne Asada Bowl (pictured above) or pair the sauce with any of these recipes for a winning combination!

Or use it as a dipping sauce with these recipes.

Here are a few other ideas for how to use chipotle sauce in dishes throughout the week!

  • Drizzle it over grilled steak or chicken.
  • Use it as a salad dressing and toss it with your favorite Mexican-style salad.
  • Spread it on a sandwich, wrap, or burgers.
  • Drizzle it over nachos or fajitas.
  • Dip it up with tortilla chips.
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for raw or roasted vegetables.
  • Drizzle it on top of a burrito bowl.
  • Spoon it over eggs for breakfast.
  • Drizzle it over steak, chicken, shrimp or fish tacos.
  • Use it to make shredded chicken enchiladas.
  • Dip cheese quesadillas in it.
chipotle sauce in bowl with spoon

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Chipotle Sauce

Make the best creamy Chipotle Sauce in just 5 minutes, with only 5 ingredients, using this easy recipe! This sauce is seriously delicious drizzled over burrito bowls, fajitas and tacos, or as a dipping sauce for chicken strips or taquitos! It's zesty, smoky, slightly spicy and oh-so-scrumptious!

Ingredients

Optional

  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional addition for sweetness

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender, or food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Notes

  • Chipotle sauce can be stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 10 days. It will thicken up as it sits in the fridge. Simply give it a stir to loosen it up before serving.
  • I do not recommend freezing any sauce that contains dairy. The sauce will separate in the freezer and will not be the same consistency once it’s defrosted.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free.
  • To increase the spice level of the sauce, add an additional chipotle pepper and 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can of peppers.
  • To add sweetness to this sauce, add 1 teaspoon honey. If you’d like it even sweeter, add an additional teaspoon of honey.
  • You can easily double this recipe. Simply click the 2X button above. The ingredient amounts will automatically update to make a double batch of the sauce. Follow the instructions the same as if you were making a single batch.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 50kcal (3%)Carbohydrates 2g (1%)Protein 1g (2%)Fat 4g (6%)Saturated Fat 2g (10%)Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 14mg (5%)Sodium 124mg (5%)Potassium 32mg (1%)Fiber 0.3g (1%)Sugar 2g (2%)Vitamin A 144mg (3%)Vitamin C 1mg (1%)Calcium 24mg (2%)Iron 0.1mg (1%)
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