Chipotle Mayo

This Chipotle Mayo is the perfect spicy mayo recipe! It’s made with just 6 simple ingredients and takes a quick 5 minutes to whip up. Enjoy with fries, veggies, burgers, tacos, you name it. 

Bowl of chipotle mayo with a spoon.

Easy Chipotle Mayo Recipe

This homemade chipotle mayo is one of my favorite condiments. It’s made with simple ingredients and take just a few minutes to whip up.

It’s an easy way to add tons of flavor to anything! 

This chipotle sauce is features chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, a bright burst of lime, and savory garlic and onion powder all mixed into a traditional mayo base.

It’s rich and creamy, perfectly spicy, with just a touch of smokey flavor. 

What is Chipotle Mayo Made Of?

This delicious spicy mayo requires just a few basic ingredients from the grocery store. 

You’ll find the exact amounts near the bottom of the page.

  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: You’ll need 1 can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You won’t need all of the peppers, but you will use all of the sauce. 
  • Lime Juice: I recommend fresh lime juice for the best flavor. If all you have is bottled, that will work too.
  • Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, salt
  • Mayonnaise: store-bought or homemade mayonnaise
Top down view of ingredients needed for chipotle mayo.

How to Make Chipotle Mayo

This chipotle mayonnaise is an easy recipe that takes just a few minutes to throw together! Just 5 minutes and it’s ready to go. 

Scroll to the recipe card below for the ingredient amounts and full instructions. 

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Blend until smooth. 
  2. Add the mayonnaise to a medium-sized bowl, then pour in the homemade sauce. Mix to combine, then serve as desired. 
Top down view of chiles and adobo, lime juice, and seasonings in a cup.
Top down view of chipotle paste and mayo in a bowl.

Tips and Notes

  • When choosing chipotle peppers, keep in mind that the sizes vary. Several small ones may do the trick or you may end up using just a couple of small ones. Just be sure to stay consistent so you can control the spice. You’ll use all the sauce either way! 
  • Make it vegan. For a vegan version, simply swap the regular mayo out for a vegan variety. 
  • Prefer a little less spice? Use fewer chipotle peppers.
  • Like an extra kick of spice? Add more peppers! 
  • If you want a thinner dressing for drizzling, try adding a little milk to the mayo. Be careful not to add too much or it will begin to alter the flavor. 

Serving Suggestions

This delicious dipping sauce is so versatile! Here are just a few ways you can serve it:

  • As a dip. Enjoy it as a dipping sauce with French fries, sweet potato fries or sweet potato wedges, crab cakes, fish sticks, or fresh veggies.
  • On a sandwich. Slather it on your favorite burger or chicken sandwich.
  • Over a salad or bowl. Thin it out and drizzle it on a Mexican grilled chicken salad or burrito bowl
  • On tacos. Try it on your favorite tacos for a creamy, spicy flavor twist. 
  • In another recipe. Use it in place of regular mayo in lobster rolls, or in red potato salad

How to Store Spicy Mayo

This chipotle lime mayo can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

I do not recommend freezing it. The texture of the mayonnaise won’t hold up when thawed. 

Top down view of chipotle mayo in a bowl next to sweet potato fries.

What is the Difference Between Mayo and Chipotle Mayo?

The difference is that chipotle mayo is just kicked up a notch on the flavor scale! 

The chipotle version starts with a mayonnaise base, but is elevated with the addition of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, a couple of savory spices, and lime juice. It’s spicy, smoky, bright, tangy, and delicious! 

Is Spicy Mayo the Same as Chipotle Aioli?

Yep! Aioli and mayo are basically the same thing. Chipotle aioli is just a fancier way of saying “spicy mayo”. 

Call it whatever you want! It’s delicious either way. 

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Close up of chipotle mayo and limes.

Chipotle Mayo

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 20 Servings


  • 7 ounces chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 1 can (use all the sauce and 2 of the peppers)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups mayonnaise


  • Add the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder and salt to a small blender and blend until smooth.
    7 ounces chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    1 lime
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    ½ teaspoon onion powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Add the mayonnaise to a medium size bowl then pour in the chipotle pepper sauce and stir to combine.
    2 cups mayonnaise
  • Serve with your favorite sandwich, French fries, chips or veggies and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and lime wedges if desired.
  • See post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce. Actual calories will vary.


Serving: 1ounceCalories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 6mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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