How To Make Chipotle Mayo

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Learn how to make chipotle mayo so you can add a smoky, spicy kick to all your favorite recipes. Use this creamy homemade sauce for fries, burgers, steak or fish tacos, veggies, and more. If you want to try another delicious sauce, check out my Chipotle Adobo Sauce next.

close up view of chipotle mayonnaise with pickle-brined fries

What is Chipotle Mayo?

Chipotle mayonnaise is a spicy condiment made with mayo, chipotle peppers, and smoked paprika. It’s a versatile sauce that works as a dipping sauce or spread. It has a distinct smoky, tangy flavor that adds depth to whatever you serve it with.

What ingredients do you need for this easy Chipotle Mayo recipe?

Egg yolks: The yolks act as an emulsifier and gives the homemade mayo its creamy texture. Use room temperature egg yolks for a smooth consistency.

Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a tangy pop of bright, citrus flavor. It balances the richness of the yolks and oil.

Kosher salt: This enhances the overall taste.

White distilled vinegar: Use this for acidity. It complements the lemon juice while also extending the shelf life of your chipotle mayo.

Avocado oil: This oil has a neutral taste that doesn’t overpower the other flavors in this recipe.

Chipotle in adobo: This ingredient is the main source of flavor. It gives the mayo a deep, smoky heat.

Smoked paprika: This enhances the smoky flavor and complements the chipotle.

How to Make Homemade Chipotle Mayo

Add Ingredients to Jar: In a mason jar or narrow deep cup (even a food processor will work!), add in your egg yolk, lemon juice, salt, vinegar, and avocado oil.

Emulsify: Take an immersion blender and put the blade on the bottom of the cup. Start on low speed and keep the blade towards the bottom of the jar. Allow it to get emulsified and once you see the oils mixing with the yolk, pulse and pull up, slowly.

Your mayo should form this way. If it’s too watery, make sure you keep blending.

Add Sauce & Spices: Add in your chipotle in adobo (about 1 chipotle and a little bit of adobo sauce) and paprika, and continue pulsing until combined.

Store: Cover tightly and transfer to the fridge until ready to serve. Save in the fridge for up to a week.

close up view of a saucer of chipotle mayonnaise with a side of fries

How to Use

This chipotle mayo sauce goes with everything! Below are some suggestions.

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

Is chipotle mayo spicy?

Chipotle peppers have a moderate heat that measures between 2,500 and 8,000 SHU on the Scoville Heat Index. This recipe only uses 1 tablespoon because you only need a little to add some heat. Feel free to add a more or less, depending on how spicy you want your mayo to be.

What is chipotle mayonnaise made of?

Chipotle mayo is made with mayonnaise (egg yolks, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt),
chipotle in adobo, and smoked paprika. Some recipe variations may include fresh lime juice instead of lemon. They may also include other spices like chili powder, chipotle powder, or cumin. Feel free to taste test and make adjustments based on your personal tastes.

Is chipotle mayo like spicy mayo?

Chipotle is a type of spicy mayo. It has a rich smoky flavor due to the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Whereas traditional spicy mayo has a more straightforward heat because it’s made with sriracha or another hot sauce.

a saucer full of chipotle mayo with a side of fries

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How To Make Chipotle Mayo

Learn how to make chipotle mayo so you can add a smoky, spicy kick to all your favorite recipes. Use this creamy homemade sauce for fries, burgers, veggies, and more. If you want to try another delicious sauce, check out my Chipotle Adobo Sauce next.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo
  • Pinch smoked paprika

Instructions 

  • In a mason jar or narrow deep cup, add in your egg yolk, lemon juice, salt, vinegar, and avocado oil.
  • Take an immersion blender and put the blade on the bottom of the cup. Start on low speed and keep the blade towards the bottom of the jar. Allow it to get emulsified and once you see the oils mixing with the yolk, pulse and pull up, slowly.
  • Your mayo should form this way. If it’s too watery, make sure you keep blending.
  • Add in your chipotle in adobo (about 1 chipotle and a little bit of adobo sauce) and paprika, and continue pulsing until combined. Cover tightly and transfer to the fridge until ready to serve. Save in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 57g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 40g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 14mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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