The next aioli in the series is this rich and smoky Chipotle Aioli.
Chipotle chiles are jalapeños that have been smoked and dried. In this recipe, I’m using canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, an ingredient you can find in most grocery stores.
Adobo is a chile-based sauce made with dried chiles, spices, vinegar and sugar. Here, I’m using both the chopped up chiles and some of the adobo sauce, resulting in a luscious aioli with a smoky, spicy flavor. Continue reading for the recipe.
WHAT IS Chipotle AIOLI?
Chipotle Aioli is a sauce made with mayonnaise, garlic, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, lime and salt. Both chopped chipotle chiles and adobo sauce are swirled into the mayo to really punch up the chipotle flavor. Adobo sauce does have garlic in it, but I’ve added some additional grated fresh garlic to amp up this flavor as well. Garlic is a characteristic flavor in aioli, so you really want to taste it in the finished sauce!
HOW TO MAKE Chipotle AIOLI?
Instead of making aioli from scratch, I’m using prepared mayonnaise as the base of this recipe. To the mayo, you simply stir in 2 finely chopped chipotle chiles, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce and a finely grated clove of garlic. At this point you can season the aioli to taste with salt and more adobo sauce if needed. You want the smoky heat to be on the forefront, but not so strong that it overpowers the sauce!
Using prepared mayonnaise makes this recipe so simple, but if you’d like to use homemade mayo instead, try this recipe for Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise.
Here are just a few ways I love to use this Chipotle Aioli:
- Slather it on a burger (beef, pork or vegetarian).
- Drop dollops of it on a sheet pan of nachos.
- Dip french fries in it.
- Use it as a dipping sauce for fried fish or veggies.
- Spoon it over fish tacos (battered or grilled).
Chipotle Aioli Recipe
- 1 cup store-bought mayonnaise*
- 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from the can)
- 1 garlic clove, finely grated
- Kosher salt
Add mayo, chopped chipotles, lime juice, adobo sauce and garlic to a medium bowl, whisking to combine. Season to taste with salt and more adobo sauce if needed. Store aioli in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
*If you’d like to use homemade mayo instead, try my recipe for Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise.
Here are my other aioli recipes on Kitchen Konfidence:15