Chipotle Mayo

This recipe for chipotle mayo will spice up your favorite sandwiches or become your new favorite french fry dip.

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Easy Sandwich Spread

Sometimes mayo is not enough. Sometimes you need to give your sandwich something a little zestier, more flavorful. That’s where this chipotle mayo comes in – it’s got kick and yet is still creamy, delicious and easy to spread. It’s also super simple to make and will take you about 2 extra minutes.

Ingredients on a green mat on a wooden table - chipotle peppers, mayonnaise, smoked paprika, lime, reamer, bowl and spatula.

Chipotle Peppers

A chipotle pepper is simply a dried and smoked Jalapeño pepper. You can find them dried in the supermarket or specialty store, but the kind we are using in this recipe for chipotle mayo comes in a jar. You want to find the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce because the sauce that comes along will be a part of the recipe, adding tons of flavor. The recipe also uses a little smoked paprika to enhance that smoky flavor and some lime juice to brighten the spread a little. 

Looking down on chopped chipotle in adobe next to a halved lime, a bowl of mayo and a jar of smoked paprika.

Simple Stir Together

These are the easiest of recipes – where you just put the ingredients in a bowl and stir together. That’s all you do here. Chop the chipotle pepper in adobo, squeeze the juice of of lime, pinch in a little smoked paprika and mix it all with your favorite mayonnaise. Stir well and then store your chipotle mayo in a jar for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator or spread it all on your spicy turkey panini right away. It’s also great as a dip for french fries or roasted potatoes… or at least that’s what I’ve heard. 😉

Looking down on one turkey panini made and one ready to be topped with a second slice of bread.

Chipotle Mayo

  • Prep Time: 5 m
  • Total Time: 5 m
  • Servings:


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch salt to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mini chopper and purée until smooth. If you don’t have a mini chopper, finely chop the chipotle pepper by hand and mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Season to taste with more salt and more adobo sauce to suite your spiciness level.
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