Mayo gets the flavor overhaul it so desperately needs thanks to the bold flavors of chipotle en adobo peppers, roasted garlic, and fresh lemon juice in this Easy Chipotle Mayo Sauce with Roasted Garlic.
I DISLIKE MAYO.
There. I said it.
Which is weird, right? Minnesotans put mayo on and in everything (it seems). Preparing a salad is almost unfathomable without it....
It’s just that... I find the flavor and texture offensive. It’s unpleasantly gloopy and greasy, like cheap hair product.
And it’s what immediately comes to mind when I hear the word unctuous. Ick. It’s a gross word, I don’t care if it’s mandatory to a FoodNetwork chef’s lexicon.
So, why post a recipe for mayo if I dislike it so much? Because I LIKE THIS MAYO.
I found a way to make something I dislike palatable, even - dare I say - enjoyable.
What is Chipotle Mayo?
Delicious, that's what! This easy chipotle mayo recipe relies upon chipotles in adobo sauce to impart smokiness, heat, and body to regular old mayo. Chipotles in adobo sauce contain smoked and dried jalapeños that have been rehydrated and canned in a purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and spices. They are a pantry staple for me and add a smoky, spicy flair instantly to any sauce.
How do you make Chipotle Mayo?
It only takes 4 ingredients to transform boring old mayo into something truly worthy of eating - this smoky and creamy chipotle mayo sauce. Get the following miracle-working ingredients in order and get ready to make the best chipotle mayonnaise.
CHIPOTLE MAYO INGREDIENTS
- Store-purchased mayo (I used Kraft's Olive Oil Mayo)
- Head of garlic
- Chipotle in adobo peppers (canned)
- Fresh lemon
- Salt and pepper (optional, to taste)
CHIPOTLE MAYO INSTRUCTIONS
Follow these simple steps to make easy chipotle mayo.
- Step 1, roast some garlic. I don't include the steps to roast garlic here, so hit that recipe to learn how it's done.
- Step 2, squeeze a lemon.
- Step 3, open a can of chipotle in adobo peppers.
- Step 4, add all ingredients to a food processor, and process until combined.
- Step 5, season with salt and pepper, to taste.
The combination of roasted garlic, chipotle in adobo peppers, and lemon juice adds the bold flavors that mayo just needs. Fair warning: this will ruin plain mayo forever. Sorry, not sorry mayo lovers. You're going to want to put this easy chipotle mayo sauce on everything.
This recipe is adapted from Saveur’s Roasted Garlic Chipotle Mayonnaise.
To make this chipotle mayo recipe you will need either a food processor or a blender to combine all of the ingredients into a smooth mayo.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don't see why not! For this recipe, I chose to use store-bought mayo but feel free to substitute for homemade. This chipotle mayo recipe is delicious completely homemade or semi-homemade.
I recommend using this chipotle mayo sauce within 7-10 days. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. This is an educated guesstimate based on the fact that roasted garlic can be stored for two weeks in the refrigerator on its lonesome.
You can make the following tweaks to this chipotle mayonnaise and still wind up with a fantastic spread.
- Don't have the time to roast a head of garlic? Toss in 1 fresh clove of garlic instead! The flavor will be more boldly garlic-forward.
- You can just as easily use lime juice if you would prefer; simply swap one for the other and keep the measurement called for the same.
What can I use Chipotle Mayo Sauce for?
I insist you go make this easy chipotle mayo immediately, and:
- Spread it on a sandwich.
- Use it to make the greatest tuna salad sandwich. EVER.
- Use it to make the greatest chicken lettuce wraps, if you're low carb.
- Add it to salads, like this fantastic Not Your (Grand)Mother's Broccoli Salad.
- Slather it on corn on the cob.
- Mix it with some sour cream or cream cheese and use it as a veggie dip.
If you like this Chipotle Mayonnaise, try these other tasty recipes:
Easy Chipotle Mayo Sauce
- Food processor or blender
- 1 cup mayo I used Kraft's Olive Oil Mayo
- 1 head roasted garlic
- 2 tablespoons sauce from chipotle en adobo peppers
- 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- salt and pepper (optional, to taste)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor, and process until combined.
- Taste, and add a few dashes of salt and pepper (if you'd like).