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Creamy chipotle sauce

Creamy chipotle sauce

This creamy chipotle sauce is made with adobo chipotles, plain yogurt or Mexican crema, garlic, and lime juice. Chipotles are actually smoked dried jalapeños. I used canned chipotles in adobo for this recipe, which means the peppers are soaked in tomato based sauce. You can find the canned chipotles in adobo at most regular grocery stores. Some options for replacement in case you can’t find them include ground chipotle powder as well as the actual dried chipotles – you’ll need to soak these in water. I used a very creamy European style yogurt (whole) for this recipe, but any kind of thick plain yogurt will work. If you want a richer variation of this creamy chipotle sauce you can also try it Mexican style crema (available in most Latin grocery stores) or with crème fraiche.

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Creamy chipotle sauce

Creamy chipotle sauce

Recipe for spicy and creamy chipotle sauce made with adobo chipotles, plain yogurt or Mexican crema, garlic, and lime juice.
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Course: Condiments, Sauce
Cuisine: Latin
Keyword: Chipotle sauce, Chipotle yogurt sauce, Spicy sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup of chipotle sauce
Author: Layla Pujol


  • 1 cup plain yogurt recommend European style yogurt, or Mexican crema (or crème fraiche)
  • 1-2 small chipotles in adobo seeds removed – adjust to taste based on desired level of spiciness
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in the blender or mini-food processor. Mix until you have smooth creamy sauce. Taste and adjust the spice level based on your preference.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. The sauce will be very liquid right after making it, this is normal, refrigerate the sauce for it to thicken (if you prefer a thicker sauce).

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce Chipotle sauce
This chipotle sauce is a perfect blend of creamy, tangy and spicy. You can adjust the level of spiciness according to your own preference; if you want it super spicy add several chipotles. If you prefer a milder sauce, then just add one or even half. If you’re not sure, taste a bit of the adobo sauce to gauge the heat level. Also, if it turns out too spicy you can always add more yogurt or crema to reduce the heat. I use this creamy chipotle yogurt sauce as a topping for tacos, quesadillas or enchiladas. It’s also an amazing dipping sauce for empanadas, and goes great with soups. I also served it with grilled shrimp – seriously this sauce works for pretty much anything.

Creamy chipotle sauce

Step by step preparation photos for the chipotle sauce:

Chipotle peppers in adobo Combine the chipotle peppers, yogurt or cream, garlic, lime juice, and salt in the blender.Blend until you have a smooth creamy sauce Homemade chipotle cream sauceCreamy chipotle yogurt sauce

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  1. Awesome! I made two batches of this, one with yogurt and one with crema. The crema batch was exactly what I get in local restaurants in Austin, TX. I used 5 peppers, seeds in, and 2 garlic. Perfect.

  2. I’ve tried this recipe with the Mexican créma. I actually prefer substituting sour cream instead of the cream. It gives it so much more flavor.

  3. Thank you for sharing a “creamy” sauce that doesn’t use mayonnaise. I’m allergic to eggs and it’s very difficult to find certain sauces, spreads, dressings and salads that are just as tasty as their mayo based counterparts. Going to make this soon.

  4. Found this recipe while searching for creamy Chipotle sauces, and this looks great! I was wondering ,though– could I use this as a sauce with pasta? I had been searching for this type of chipotle sauce so I could copy-cat a dish I recently had at a local restaurant, which of course, described a zesty chipotle sauce but it was mixed with penne pasta and roasted red peppers and asparagus bits, topped with pinr nuts. It was amazing and I hope this sauce recipe will help me make it at home. Please let me know :)

  5. Just made this tonight to have over black bean soup. I will never have the soup without this sauce again! This is fantastic! Very flavorful, creamy, perfect!

    1. This was very easy to make. I used 1/4 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup yogurt because that is what I had on hand. Very good but next time I will drain the yogurt first because it was a little thin. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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