Chipotle dressing is a simple finger-licking Mexican recipe with generic ingredients from your pantry and chipotle chilies. These chilies are nothing but smoke dried jalapeño chilis from Mexico. I prefer using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce available in the canned goods section of grocery aisles. Adobo sauce gives the recipe an authentic flavor compared to using chipotle peppers alone. Why wait when taste and health are at your fingertips? Let’s get to blending…
WHAT YOU WILL NEED for CHIPOTLE DRESSING
Note: 1 cup = 235 ml
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, canned
- 4 tsp. lemon / lime juice
- ½ tsp. white vinegar – optional
- 2 tsp. cilantro, roughly chopped (1-2 sprigs)
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. paprika chili powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. cumin powder
- Salt to taste (½ tsp. salt)
Substitutes & Tips
- Greek yogurt with hung curd / vegan mayo / regular mayo
- Vegan mayo gives you the exact copy cat results and can be made ahead and stores well in the refrigerator for a week
- Since we use yogurt instead of mayo, the dressing starts to sweat water on the top after a few hours. So we finish ours in one go
- Add 2 tsp. water if you use vegan mayo, to make the dressing a little runny
- You may try one of these substitutes for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce if you don’t have easy access to it. I have not yet tried any of these however, so am unable to comment on taste reproduction
- Paprika with any mild chili powder of your choice (I have personally tried it with kashmiri red chili powder and it tastes almost just as good)
- Substitute 4 tsp. lemon / lime juice with 2 tsp. vinegar
- You only need to add white vinegar if you plan to store this for upto a week
- Small blender jar and blender
- Small serving bowl
PREPARATION – CHIPOTLE DRESSING (with step-by-step photos)
Step 1 – In a small blender jar, give a quick pulse to blend all the ingredients until well combined – 1 cup greek yogurt, 2 tsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 4 tsp. lemon / lime juice, ½ tsp. white vinegar (optional if you want to store this for longer), 2 tsp. of roughly chopped cilantro, 2 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp paprika chilli powder, ½ tsp. garlic powder, ¼ tsp. cumin powder, and salt to taste (½ tsp. salt)
If you have chipotle chili powder instead of the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, you can simply whisk all the ingredients and set it aside in the refrigerator for an hour for all the flavours to infuse into the sauce (no blending required)
Step 2 – Transfer it to a small serving bowl and enjoy your sublime southwest chipotle sauce with your favorite wraps, sandwiches, burgers, subs, fries, and more…😋
May I get an extra drizzle of that southwest chipotle sauce? This was a standard request that my son used to make when we bought Subway sandwiches during our road trips. Peer pressure at school (all my son’s friends frequently got subs to lunch) made us buy from Subway more frequently. But since I wanted to encourage home-made foods, I began my journey in understanding the key elements of making salad dressings. I found how each cuisine has a unique set of signature ingredients. For example, I found that jalapeños, paprika, and cumin are essential spices used in Mexican foods. After googling a bit more, I bumped into “copycat recipes” for Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce on the internet. But most of them called for mayo which we couldn’t incorporate because my son was battling an egg allergy at the time (plus we’re not too fond of it’s taste). I knew my bold foodie friend, Sarita Gutha, who often experiments with foods, used Greek Yogurt in many of her dressings – a much healthier alternative. When I was hesitant to use that in this sauce, she told me “just throw in any ingredients from your spice rack and as long as you know how to keep adjusting along the way to suit the taste buds of your family, don’t be afraid to play with it”. With that inspiration and some trial and error I was able to make this healthy and finger-licking southwest chipotle dressing to enhance our home-made subs. It’s now an integral part of all our wraps, sandwiches, and other foods that we use on our day trips to the Rockies here in Calgary.
Chipotle DressingCourse: Chutneys, Dips, SaucesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Chipotle dressing is a simple finger-licking Mexican recipe with generic ingredients from your pantry and chipotle chilies.
Note: 1 cup = 235 ml
What You Will Need
1 cup greek yogurt
2 tsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, canned
4 tsp. lemon / lime juice
½ tsp. white vinegar – optional
2 tsp. cilantro, roughly chopped (1-2 sprigs)
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. paprika chili powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cumin powder
Salt to taste (½ tsp. salt)
- Kitchen Tools
Small blender jar and blender
Small serving bowl
- In a small blender jar, give a quick pulse to blend all the ingredients until well combined – 1 cup greek yogurt, 2 tsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 4 tsp. lemon / lime juice, ½ tsp. white vinegar (optional if you want to store this for longer), 2 tsp. of roughly chopped cilantro, 2 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp paprika chilli powder, ½ tsp. garlic powder, ¼ tsp. cumin powder, and salt to taste (½ tsp. salt)
- Transfer it to a small serving bowl and enjoy your sublime southwest chipotle sauce with your favorite wraps, sandwiches, burgers, subs, fries, and more…😋
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Wow, you still remember that Aparna? Nice version of Chipotle Sauce. Looking forward for your next recipe. Pictures are very interesting.
Absolutely, I do Saritha! Every time I try something new, I play your words in my mind. Thanks again for inspiring me!
Love this recipe!! It’s a sure keeper! It’s the perfect chipotle dressing I love! Thank you!
So glad to hear that you loved this recipe. Thankyou!♥♥