If you love the famous Chipotle Burrito sauce, it's time to make your own! It only takes five minutes and four ingredients (no mayo) and is so easy.
Creamy chipotle burrito sauce is the perfect condiment to add a little spice and flavor to your meal.
You can use this homemade burrito sauce in many ways, including drizzling over a salad or dipping tortilla chips or chicken wings into it and using it for sandwich spreads.
These options are delicious, but they become even better than ever before when paired with Mexican food like tacos and breakfast burritos or Chipotle burrito bowls, making it an excellent choice for Cinco de Mayo!
Here's how you can make this delicious chipotle burrito sauce from scratch!
Why it Works
- You only need a handful of ingredients to make this Mexican crema, aka "secret" sauce.
- It's budget-friendly and simple. After all, if it's not less expensive (and more delicious) than buying it, then why bother making it in the first place?
- The taste of homemade sauces is often far superior to any store-bought variety (and healthier)!
- You can use it as a dipping sauce and salad dressing, too.
- It uses sour cream instead of mayonnaise, which can lower fat content and number of calories.
🛒Ingredients and Notes
- Sour cream is an excellent, fairly common ingredient with a fantastic number of uses - and a delicious sauce is undoubtedly one of them! You can also use plain Greek yogurt for even healthier option. If that's not an issue, go for mayo!
- Lime juice adds a bit of citrusy punch that's very important in Mexican food in general. After all, there's a reason that chili and lime are such a good pair!
- Garlic - because no dish or sauce, in this case, is complete without it! You can sub it with garlic powder.
- Chipotle in adobo - to add some fiery heat and smokey flavor! If you can find can of chipotles in your grocery stores, you can also use chipotle paste instead.
I must say that chives are a delicious addition if you fancy some extra flavor! Just chop a few up, and you've got that gorgeous fresh, earthy garlic-onion flavor. It works brilliantly with the sour cream and lime in this recipe!
This creamy, spicy sauce with garlic, lime juice, and adobo is so delicious that everyone who tasted it asked for the recipe. And that might be the highest honor that a cook can receive - in my opinion.
🔪Step by Step Instructions
This is probably the simplest recipe card there is! I've got to be honest; it feels like a bit of a cop-out writing instructions for recipes like these.
After all, there are just two easy steps, and one of them is essentially only storage instructions!
So, here we go:
- Add all ingredients (sour cream, lime juice, garlic, chipotle in adobo, salt, and pepper) to a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined ahmnd smooth.
- Transfer the sauce into a small bowl and serve immediately or refrigerate in an airthight container until you're ready to serve it.
Trust me; you really couldn't make this any more simple! Even if you're the least experienced beginner chef on the planet, I promise you that you can make this easy homemade chipotle sauce recipe!
How To Serve It
Drizzle over anything you want! I like to serve my Chipotle sauce the proper way - over salads and my fajitas. But there are many ways to use it:
- As a dipping sauce for French fries, yucca fries, sweet potato wedges, chicken stromboli, or shrimp in kataifi dough!
- Drizzle on top of Scotch eggs, or mini steak quesadillas.
- Spoon it on top of burgers, beef rissoles and bang-bang shrimp (instead of bang bang sauce).
Yes - absolutely! Whether you like the spice non-existent, mild, medium, hot, or fire-in-the-mouth hot spice, you can enjoy this sauce! Just start with a little chipotle and add more until it's just right for you!
It's the same with spicy recipes in general. It's always best to start mild and add more if the food needs it. After all, you can always add spice, but you can't always take it away!
Absolutely! Use your favorite dairy-free sour cream brand or make your own. Here's a great cashew sour cream recipe to try.
If you can't find the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, you can replace it with a ½ teaspoon powdered chipotle or chili peppers. If that's not enough, add a bit more and blend.
Puree leftovers in a food processor until it turns into a paste. Place spoonfuls into sections of an ice cube tray and freeze until solid, then remove from the tray and place in a freezer bag and return to the freezer.
Add some of the paste to a ranch dressing for an instant chipotle ranch dressing the whole family loves or use it up in chilis, enchiladas, marinades, salsas, Mexican soups, and stews, and so much more!
Other Amazing Recipes to Try
If you like creamy sauces, try this homemade Tzatziki sauce and if you're into spicy foods, you will love these flavorful dishes:
- Spicy Italian Sausage Slab Pie
- Spicy Fillo Samosa Firecrackers
- Marinated Spicy Shrimp Scampi
- Mexican Spaghetti Veracruz
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How To Make Chipotle Burrito Sauce
- Food processor
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce add more if you like it hot
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Substitute chipotle peppers in adobo with chipotle paste. Add chopped chives if you wish, then whisk ingredients together.
- To store, transfer the sauce into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
- You can freeze leftover chipotle peppers in a freezer bag or a glass container for up to three months.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is for a cup of sauce and a rough estimate. It can vary significantly based on the products used.
Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in May 2017. It was updated in July of 2020 with new photos and recipe tips.