This chipotle aioli is smoky, creamy, garlicky, and delicious, made with just a few ingredients in about 3 minutes! Delicious on tacos or simply as an addictive condiment, you’ll want a jar of this chipotle aioli in the fridge at all times.
What Makes This Chipotle Aioli So Good
- It’s got just the right amount of chipotle pepper and adobo sauce to give it a little kick. You can always add more if you like things hot!
- Chipotle aioli is one of my favorite dipping sauces for fries, but it’s super versatile. I love it on so many foods, like these tortilla wraps or these chicken stuffed sweet potatoes. Ooh, or, try swapping out the special sauce on these loaded burger bowls for chipotle aioli – GAME CHANGER!
- Since this is a mayonnaise based sauce, the macros are perfect for keto eaters! It’s an easy and delicious way to get a little boost of fat in your day.
- It’s great for meal prep. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it’ll last up to a week. Since it’s so easy to make and needs so few ingredients, I like to just keep it all on hand – you never know when the perfect opportunity for chipotle aioli will come up!
Key Ingredients for Chipotle Aioli
Mayonnaise – The base of a good aioli is often mayonnaise, and I don’t see any reason to fix something that’s not broken! Any store-bought mayo will work here, or you could make your own in less than a minute. I always recommend full-fat foods, but if you need or want to lighten things up a little, you can use a lower-fat mayo or sub in unsweetened yogurt for half of the mayonnaise. A light mayo may affect the consistency of the chipotle aioli, though, so keep that in mind!
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – Oh, don’t skip this. I mean, you could use chipotle powder if you have to, but it just won’t be the same. Chipotle peppers in adobo are a little smoky and just a little sweet, with this amazing spiciness. You’ll find cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in most grocery stores! If you’re gluten free, watch out for brands that use wheat flour. If you’re keto, watch out for flour, and try to pick a brand that contains very little or, ideally, no sugar.
- This chipotle aioli calls for whole chipotle peppers, so you’ll need to use a blender to make sure you get a smooth sauce consistency. A food processor would also work. If you don’t have one of these appliances, you can either mince the peppers super finely and whisk everything together, or skip the peppers and just use more adobo sauce in their place.
- The heat in this recipe comes from the chipotle peppers, so if this is your first time using them, start by blending just 1 or 2, then taste the sauce and add more peppers as you see fit.
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- Blender (or immersion blender, or food processor)
- 1 cup mayonnaise see Notes for vegan
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice plus more to taste
- 4-5 chipotle peppers in adobo
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo, see Notes for gluten free
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.
- Make it Vegan: Use vegan mayonnaise.
- Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten free adobo sauce. Some store-bought versions will contain flour, so check the ingredients list!
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