Speedy, tasty, and spicy chipotle aioli, aka chipotle mayo, is easy to make, it’s great to use as a dipping sauce and on your favorite food. When we stopped off at a Mexican restaurant near the Mexican border we tried chipotle aioli for the first time, we loved it so much that we asked for the recipe, over the years we’ve made a few changes and now it’s perfect!
Why you’ll love this recipe
When you see how easy this chipotle aioli is to make and you taste how good it is, it’ll be one of those moments that you say to yourself “why on earth did I ever buy this?”
Ingredients you’ll need to make chipotle aioli
What do I serve with chipotle aioli?
Make our chipotle aioli and you’ll find yourself using it in so many different ways!
Add it to deli sandwiches, naanwiches, and pita pockets.
The great thing about chipotle aioli is that it brings a little heat to your dishes, in a subtle way.
Are chipotle peppers hot?
We love spicy chilis, so for us, they aren’t that hot but to others then they may well pack a punch.
Chili peppers are ranked by the Scoville scale and on this rating chipotle pepper scores in the region of 5,000 to 10,000, so it’s milder than a serrano chili but hotter than ancho peppers.
If you love hot spices, then check out our Vindaloo curry which uses scotch bonnets that are a whopping 100,000 – 350,000 on the scale!
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
You can buy chipotle pepper dried in packets or you can buy chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a can or jar.
Adobo sauce is just the spicy sauce that the chipotle peppers are canned.
For this chipotle aioli recipe, we’ve used them in adobo.
Depending on where you live in the world, you should be able to find them in most grocery stores, or failing that, you can buy them online to use in your aioli recipes.
Do I need a food processor to make this recipe?
There are some chipotle aioli recipes that call for the ingredients to be put in a food processor, but not this one.
We understand that not everyone has access to a food processor, so we simply ask you to finely chop the chipotle peppers.
Just keep adding the chipotle powder until you get the heat you’re happy with.
We’ve used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, which means they are nice and soft, so they are easy to chop.
That means no special equipment and (perhaps most importantly) no unnecessary equipment to wash!
Is aioli just mayonnaise?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that they are the same they look the same, don’t they?
Traditional aioli isn’t mayonnaise, true aioli is made from olive oil and garlic, whereas mayonnaise is made from egg yolks and oil.
Nowadays aioli is a word that’s used for mayonnaise that’s flavored.
It can be shop-bought or homemade mayo.
For our super quick chipotle aioli recipe, we’ve opted for store-bought mayo to speed up making it.
Make it a vegan dip
Simply opt for a vegan mayo and that’s the only ingredient substitute you’ll need for this spicy aioli recipe.
Can I use chipotle powder instead of peppers?
If you’re out of chipotle peppers, then sure, why not?
How to store chipotle aioli
You can store chipotle aioli for up to 4 days, simply cover it or place it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
Recipe notes and expert tips
How to make chipotle aioli with step-by-step instructions
Our easy chipotle aioli recipe is so quick to make if you follow our simple instructions.
Full measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the printable recipe card below.
In a small mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice (or lime juice), garlic, chipotle peppers, freshly ground black pepper, and salt.
Mix all the ingredients together so they are fully combined.
Garnish with a sprinkling of smoked paprika, finely chopped chipotle peppers, or a drizzle of adobo sauce.
We hope you enjoy making and eating our chipotle aioli recipe and we’d love to hear how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below and feel free to ask any questions.
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SUPER QUICK CHIPOTLE AIOLI
- 115 g Mayonnaise
- 4 tsp Lemon juice
- 1 Clove of garlic minced
- 2 tsp Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped finely
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- ¼ tsp Salt
- Smoked paprika to garnish – optional
- In a small mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice (or lime juice), garlic, chipotle peppers, freshly ground black pepper, and salt115 g Mayonnaise, 4 tsp Lemon juice, 1 Clove of garlic, 2 tsp Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ¼ tsp Black pepper, ¼ tsp Salt
- Mix all the ingredients together so they are fully combined. Garnish with a sprinkling of smoked paprika, finely chopped chipotle peppers, or a drizzle of adobo sauceSmoked paprika
- Want to make it spicier?
If you want to increase the heat, then just add more chipotle peppers and some more adobo sauce until you get the heat you like
- Don’t have any lemon juice?
Use fresh lime juice, it’ll change the flavor slightly, but fresh lime juice is a great substitute
- Cut down on the calories
Use a light mayo instead of regular
- Don’t waste any of the adobo sauce
Keep it in an airtight container and use it with other dips or drizzle over a salad
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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