This easy Chipotle Aioli is the perfect bright and tangy way to spice up sandwiches and burgers or use as a dipping sauce for pretty much anything.
Last year I shared my favorite Garlic Aioli with you, and today I have a little twist on that recipe: Chipotle Aioli.
Quick and Easy Chipotle Aioli
Chipotle aioli is everything great about classic aioli with a little spicy chipotle kick. It’s the perfect bright and tangy way to finish off sandwiches and burgers or as a dipping sauce for pretty much anything.
And the best part is that it’s made with pantry staples, so as long as you have the chipotle element (we’ll talk more on that in a second), you probably always have the ingredients on hand to whip up a quick batch.
How to Make Chipotle Aioli
To make chipotle aioli, you’ll need just four ingredients plus salt and pepper: mayonnaise, a crushed clove of garlic, lemon or lime juice, and either chipotle powder or a spoonful of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers.
Both the ground powder and canned sauce work well, but I tend to use the powder more often since I rarely have an open can of peppers in my fridge.
But if you use lots of canned chipotles, the canned stuff might be the perfect option for you!
Whether you’re using powder or liquid, the method to make the aioli is going to be the same. You just stir together all the ingredients and then adjust to taste. Chipotle peppers are very spicy, so you can add a lot of powder/sauce and make the aioli really firey or stick to the ratios in the written recipe below for a more mild heat.
Where to Use Chipotle Aioli
It’s also a fabulous dipping sauce for:
- If you’re looking to cut calories, you can replace up to half of the mayonnaise with plain, unsweetened (preferably full-fat) yogurt. I find that this works better with aioli you’re using as a dip rather than a spread, but feel free to experiment. Your preferences may differ from mine!
- 1/4 cup (56g) mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic pressed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
- Add more chipotle powder/adobo sauce for more heat and additional salt and pepper needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
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