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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. Used this as a marinade for grilled chicken tonight, absolutely delicious! Topped it off with onion,bell peppers,mushrooms and extra sauce then served it with cilantro and lime rice,corn and a batch of red lobster cheddar bay biscuits. This will be a staple dinner for me now!

  2. Amazing!! Just made it tonight for chicken taco. Picky hubby loves it and I do too. Creamy and spicy. A healthy and tasty dinner. Thank you!!!

  3. Made this sauce last night to use with chicken tacos and it was a hit! I am wondering how long I can store this sauce in the fridge? I’ve got quite a bit left and I would hate to see any of it go to waste

  4. Made to go with chicken fajitas. I accidentally bought just chipotle pepper adobo without any whole peppers, but used it anyway and it came out just as good. Bonus that the adobo won’t go to waste.

  5. I found this awhile back and put it with my chile rellenos. It was AWESOME. I lost this page and I am very happy I found it again!

  6. Was searching the store for a bottle of chipotle sauce. I couldn’t find any and just gave up and searched how to makr my own. I used Mexican table cream, not sure if that’s the cream that was needed, but it worked! Used a few extra peppers and a little sauce from the can. It was so tasty!

  7. I made this now twice and my husband LOVES it!! I cannot make it fast enough for him. We have used it as a sauce to Tacos, dipping sauce for eggs and pizza, and tonight with perogies. When I made it I used 2 chipotles deseeded and added some corn syrup to help with the tang of the yoghurt I used. Two thumbs up. A new sauce staple in our house!

  8. This was really good. I made stuffed poblano peppers (ground turkey,onion,currants, cilantro, almonds and pepper jack cheese) and after baking placed them on a bed of this sauce. It was delicious!

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