Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise for Dairy-Free Dipping or Spreading


This spicy chipotle mayonnaise is a favorite zesty spread for veggie burgers, turkey burgers, French fries, sweet potato fries, dairy-free potato skins, and even dipping artichokes. It takes seconds to make, and uses simple spices and a whisk. There’s no need to open a can of chipotles or bust out your blender.

I love chipotles in adobo sauce, don’t get me wrong. But every time I open one of those cans, most of it inevitably goes to waste. I end up using just a little for a recipe, and forget about the rest in the refrigerator. Those potent chilis also tend to stain everything they touch, which can cause frustration.

So I often turn to chipotle powder (sometimes called chipotle chile pepper) instead. It’s dry, easy to have on hand, and a little goes a long ways. It’s got more smokiness and richness than cayenne, and is spicier than ordinary chili powder. Consequently, it’s a convenient option whenever I want that bold chipotle flavor. And if you aren’t in the mood for spicy, I have an option for that, too!

Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe - Easy Dairy-Free Flavor for Dipping or Spreading with Vegan Option

Special Diet Notes: Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.

Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise
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This quick and easy spicy spread is great on sandwiches and burgers, but we sometimes use it (or the milder option below) for dipping fries or dolloping on dairy-free potato skins.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Serves: ½ cup
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (regular or vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder, or to taste
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. It will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Mild Chili-Lime Mayo Option: Substitute 1 teaspoon mild chili powder for the chipotle chili powder. Increase the garlic to ¼ teaspoon and the salt to ½ teaspoon, or to taste.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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