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!
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.
- 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
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder until smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. It will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.