Chipotle sauce is a type of spicy condiment or sauce that is typically made with chipotle peppers as one of its primary ingredients. Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, and they have a smoky, spicy flavor that is characteristic of many Mexican and Southwestern dishes.

Chipotle Sauce

Recipe by caion


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Chipotle sauce is known for its rich, smoky taste and its versatility in adding heat and flavor to a wide range of dishes.


  • 3-4 dried chipotle peppers (you can adjust the quantity based on your desired level of spiciness)

  • 2 large tomatoes, roasted or grilled

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Salt to taste

  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional, to balance the heat and acidity)

  • Water, as needed for consistency


  • Start by rehydrating the dried chipotle peppers. You can do this by placing them in a bowl of hot water for about 20-30 minutes until they soften. Once rehydrated, remove the stems and seeds if you want to reduce the heat. If you prefer it spicier, you can leave some of the seeds.
  • In the meantime, roast or grill the tomatoes until they are slightly charred and soft. This will enhance the smoky flavor of the sauce. If you don’t have access to a grill, you can also roast them in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 20-25 minutes.
  • In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.
  • Place the rehydrated chipotle peppers, roasted tomatoes, sautéed onions, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Add the vinegar, ground cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, and a pinch of salt.
  • Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth, uniform sauce. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a little water to reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add sugar to balance the heat and acidity if necessary, or add more salt and spices to suit your taste.
  • Once you’re satisfied with the flavor and consistency, transfer the chipotle sauce to a clean container or jar.
  • Store the chipotle sauce in the refrigerator. It should keep well for a few weeks. The flavors will continue to meld and develop over time.

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