This is the BEST creamy chipotle sauce. Its easy, versatile and one of favorite condiments to keep on hand! It's great for dipping and for spicing up your favorite tacos & bowls or just for dipping!
What is a creamy chipotle sauce?
Chipotle sauce is made from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce combined with Mexican spices, creamy dressings like mayonnaise and sour cream, combined a bit of lime juice. Its the best! This recipe is a copycat of one of our favorite Southern California restaurants Rubios. They use it on many of their dishes.
Why chipotle sauce works?
While we love to drench our tacos in creamy chipotle sauce there are a few other reasons we love it!
- Its fast and easy to make.
- It can be used in many different dishes such as tacos, bowls, burritos or even a dipping sauce for chips, French fries or sweet potato fires.
- It takes a boring, standard chicken taco up to a gourmet taco in minutes!
WHAT ARE CHIPOTLE PEPPERS IN ADOBO SAUCE?
The secret to this homemade sauce is chipotle peppers in adobo. Chipotle peppers are red jalapeños that have been smoked and dried. And the adobo is a velvety, tangy, and sweet sauce made from dried chili peppers.
Together, they make for a zesty, spicy, flavorful pair, which is why they’re sold in jars that way. You can use the chipotle peppers for an intense smoky heat. Or use a tablespoon of the sauce for a subtle, fiery sweetness.
About the ingredients
While you probably have most the ingredients in your pantry or fridge the one you will specifically need to make this taco sauce stand out is the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
You can find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the Mexican food isle.
How to make creamy chipotle sauce
Combine your mayo, sour cream (you can also sub this for Mexican crema), spices, cilantro, adobo sauce and lime juice in a large bowl. Blend or stir to combine.
PRO TIP: Adobo sauce is spicy. If you don't want too much spice then just add the sauce. If you like a little heat add more or blend a pepper.
How do I get completely smooth sauce?
You will want to blend or use a food processor for your chipotle sauce if you don't want to have cilantro leaves. If you are putting in some chipotle peppers you will also want those blended before you serve.
How do I serve chipotle cream sauce?
Our favorite way is to load the chipotle sauce on grilled chicken tacos, taco salads or dip tortilla chip in it. We have also put it in burritos and on burrito bowls.
Serve Chipotle cream sauce with
- gaucamole- this guacamole recipe has legit won awards. Its amazing, and easy to make.
- fresh salsa - one of our most popular recipes. You will want to drink it!
- sweet potato fries- air fried or baked you can never go wrong with fries!
You can store leftovers in a dressing bottle or any airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for 7-10 days.
If you want you can transfer the leftovers in the can to an air tight container and store in the fridge. Or try this Chipotle Salsa. Or discard them.
If you are looking for a lower fat alternative you can try subbing sour cream for greek yogurt. And mayo for a light mayo. Remember altering ingredients will always slightly change the taste. But this combo would work.
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Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- ½ cup Mayo
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2-3 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 Tablespoon of adobe sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce Add more, or blend chipotle pepper for added heat.
- 2 Tablespoon milk
- 1 tsp salt
Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- Wisk together ingredients. If you want to add peppers or completely smooth sauce I recommend blending ingredients together.
- Serve over tacos, burritos, dip chips or fries in. This chipotle sauce is very versatile!
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- juice from one lime
Jason Poindexter says
Great recipe. Served it last night and all the guests loved it on their tacos!
Jacquie Ghormley says
Do you have a recipe for Rubio's Fish Taco Sauce? I have had them in Arizona and love them! However I live in Oregon and nothing here is close!
Yes! We have our beer batter fish taco recipe.
Aileen Guillory says
Oh delicioso indeed ? thank you!
I know this might seem like a silly question but what time of cheese did you use?
Hey Gabby! I just use whatever I have on hand- most likely a cheddar :)
Use a queso fresco, very tasty.
I used to work at Rubios a decade ago and while I dont remember specifics, I know it used to be made with mayo and yogurt. I live out of state now so im excited to make this. Thanks!
That is awesome insider info!! maybe I'll have to try out adding yogurt! thanks :)
Kelia Dean says
Do you use any seasoning on the chicken?
I just use a little salt and pepper to season the chicken. There is a lot of flavor in te Sacos and sauces I didn't think my chicken needed anything else.
Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I live in San Diego and love the Rubio's tacos!! YUM I have made your recipe once and am making for a second time tonight. I do everything exactly as written with one exception. I do Guac rather than Avocados using El Nopalito Salsa as a base :-) Local salsa is soooo good!