Easy Creamy Chipotle Lime Sauce

Chipotle sauce dripping off a spoon into bowl filled with chipotle sauce, a plate of nachos and a bag of tortilla chips in the background.

5 from 1 review

This easy, creamy chipotle lime sauce is perfect for your next taco night! It comes together in less than 5 minutes, and it's delicious drizzled on nachos or as a dip for tortilla chips.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 small can chipotle in adobo sauce* (see note)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (i.e. Cholula)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.


  • If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can make it by hand, but it won’t be quite as smooth. Mince the chipotle peppers really small, until it makes a paste. Then stir everything together in a large bowl until combined.
  • Chipotles are quite spicy. If you're not sure about the spice level, I would start with just 1 or 2 chiles and a couple small spoonfuls of the adobo sauce. Then, taste the sauce, and add more if you'd like the sauce to be spicier. You can also adjust the heat level by using more or less cayenne and hot sauce. 

Keywords: chipotle lime sauce, lime chipotle sauce