Hot damn! This spicy chipotle southwest sauce is to die for! It’s so freaking tasty and so simple to make, it only takes a handful of ingredients and a few minutes. Com’on!Jump to Recipe
WTF is Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce?
Ever been to subway? Well, if you’re the only person in the world that said “no” to that question, I’ll let you in on a not so secret. Subway has a spicy chipotle southwest sauce that is delicious. I’m not proclaiming Subway to be a great sandwich shop, it’s serviceable at best, but their chipotle southwest sauce is killer.
So that was our inspiration when we were creating this spicy chipotle sauce. A smoky, spicy, creamy sauce that goes well with whatever you put it on. For our version we use sour cream and mayo for the base, and we kick up the heat a notch. We add lime juice, lime zest, and salt. It’s almost more of a Mexican crema than anything else.
Table of Contents: Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce
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- WTF is Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce?
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Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce
What you’ll need to make Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce
You won’t need a lot, but there are a few things that will make your life easier when making this spicy chipotle southwest sauce.
- Food Processor (optional): By all means you can make this recipe without a food processor, it’s just way easier to make when you can dump all the ingredients into it and pulse.
- Spatula: This sauce is liquid gold, leave no dollop behind. Use a rubber spatula to scrape every last bit of this spicy chipotle Southwest sauce into its storage container.
- Jar/Air Tight Container: This recipe makes a little more than a cup of spicy chipotle southwest sauce, which would be a lot for one sitting, so make sure you store the rest properly so you can enjoy it for the next couple weeks.
Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce Ingredients
here’s what you’ll need to make this spicy chipotle southwest sauce recipe. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding these ingredients at any supermarket.
- Sour Cream: 1/2 cup of the good stuff. I don’t know what the good stuff is, I’ve never met a tub of sour cream I didn’t like. We use Tillamook.
- Mayo: Use a high quality mayo such as, Dukes.
- Limes: We’ll use lime zest and lime juice for this recipe.
- Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: The main ingredient in this sassy sauce comes in an unassuming little can. Don’t be fooled, it is powers are strong. Use only half, or risk being blown away.
- Salt: Season to taste, around 1/2 tsp.
How to Make Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce
Follow these step by step instructions to make this Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce Recipe. It should only take a few minutes.
Step 1: Combine & Pulse
Place half a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a food processor along with lime zest, lime juice, sour cream, mayo, and salt.
Blend all ingredients until fully incorporated.
Step 2: Taste & Transfer
Taste the mixture and add more lime juice or salt, depending on your preferences. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the fridge, or use immediately.
Storing Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce
Store your spicy chipotle southwest sauce in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator. It’ll be good for a week or two.
Don’t freeze it though. Freezing it will affect the texture and the flavor, especially the creamy components. The sour cream and mayonnaise tend to separate after thawing, and the water and ice crystals that form during freezing can also change the texture of the dressing. It can get kinda gross.
How to Use Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce
This sauce is super versatile. It can be used on just about anything that will eventually end up in your mouth hole. We love to dip our pizza and chicken nuggets into it. It’s also wonderful on a Cobb or taco salad, we eat way more salads than pizza and nuggets btw…. like totally way more salads…
And of course this sauce is great on sandwiches too, it was inspired by Subway’s spicy southwest sauce after all. I love it on a club or roast beef sandwich. It really makes a cold cut pop!
It’s great on warm crispy tempura fired mushrooms as well. Check out our recipe for a perfect pairing, below.
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Spicy Chipotle Southwest Sauce FAQ’s
Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried jalapeño peppers. They have a smoky and slightly sweet flavor along with varying degrees of heat. They are often used in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines to add depth of flavor and a touch of spiciness.
The level of spiciness can vary depending on how much of the chipotle peppers you use and what brand is used. Generally, this sauce has a moderate to moderately high level of heat. It’s meant to add a kick of flavor without being overwhelmingly hot.
This recipe is gluten-free but vegan, due to the mayo. However, you can use a vegan mayo to make this sauce recipe vegan.