How to make Chipotle Mayo (aka Mexican Secret Sauce!) – a fast and easy 5 minute sauce that everyone should know about, to give meals a huge BURST of flavor! Vegan adaptable, GF!
A wise woman once said, “Fuck this shit.” And she lived happily ever after. ~Anonymous
This vegan-adaptable, Chipotle Mayo -or Mexican Secret Sauce- is probably not a huge secret anymore … but to some it may be the difference between a dish that is bland and unexciting to something fantastically delicious! And the best thing is, it only takes FIVE minutes to make, and I’m pretty sure you already have the simple ingredients on hand. It keeps in the fridge for weeks and comes in handy quite frequently around here. The best tasting taco sauce, ever!
This chipotle sauce is one we use in our catering business. At home, I make a healthier vegan version (see notes in recipe) and keep it in a squirt bottle ready to drizzle lightly over tacos, fish, corn on the cob, nachos, enchiladas, and even over Brian’s fish sticks – adding a burst of flavor! The latest use though, is over these Quick Fish Tacos or the Mexican Style Oaxacan Bowls, Tlayludas or these super yummy Chipotle Portobello Tacos which you simply must try!
On the home front: I’ve been meaning to tell you a story, but until now the words have not come. It’s why I picked this quote. I trust that those of you need to hear this story will find it, and those who don’t, will simply skip to the recipe.
When my mother, Lea, turned 80, she left my father.
He had gone on his annual month-long trip to Egypt, and with the help of her good friend, she packed up her all belongings and moved out of the house where she had lived in for 35 years.
When he returned she was gone. They were married 42 years.
My father, like all of us, had his good qualities, and his flaws. He could treat her terribly, tearing her down emotionally, but could also be very loving in his own way. Which made leaving him hard. A complicated man, heavily influenced by his culture. She stayed with him, out of duty and religion and out of “what would people think?”. Growing up, I found myself, wishing desperately she would leave him, because I could see how the stress of being in that volatile relationship took such a toll on her, not just emotionally, but physically. It wasn’t until she was 80, did she have the strength and courage to do this for herself. No easy feat, and she didn’t tell me until after it was done.
And then she lived 3 more years.
Believe me when I tell you, they were the happiest, most incredible, three years of her life! She was free and light and bubbling with joy! Effervescent. I had never witnessed this before! She transformed.
Looking back, I believe her lesson in this life was to experience love fully, and most importantly, to experience self-love. She had always put everyone else first, serving others in her beautiful faithful way. I believe, although I didn’t understand it at the time, that in the last few hours of her life – spirit, god, or her own soul was showing her glimpses of her life, perhaps reminding her of her loving acts -as a nurse, midwife (in Nigeria), friend, mother, sister, and wife. She had this loving peace and acceptance about her, and it was incredibly beautiful to witness. Such an incredible gift to give her only daughter.
I just wanted to share this with you, because I know that marriage can be one of the hardest things. I’m in my second. 😉 Sometimes the lesson is not simply “acceptance” and being OK with making your bed and lying in it and being miserable, for the rest of your days.
Sometimes the lesson is learning to love yourself enough to take care of your soul, make healthy, scary choices, and take courageous action. This is not the easy road, change always feels so much scarier than living with unhappiness. But I just wanted to share that a different path is indeed possible. And that if my mother could do this, at the age of 80, so can we all.
And that it is never too late.
Back to the recipe -simply stir the ingredients together. You can make it spicy, or you can keep it mild. Your choice!
Just whisk it up….and it’s done!
How easy is that?
Give this Chipotle Mayo a whirl!
Also…. try this vegan Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce– a green version of this!
And for more flavor boosting sauces to elevate your dishes…. go here!
I also love this Fermented Hot Sauce….so easy and tasty!Print
Chipotle Mayo-Mexican Secret Sauce
Vegan -Adaptable Chipotle Mayo- a smoky spicy zesty Mexican Secret Sauce for tacos, tosadas, enchilada’s or most any mexican food. Can be made vegan with Veganaise or use Silken Tofu ( see notes). Gluten Free.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: ½ cup 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: whisk
- Cuisine: Mexican
- ½ cup mayo ( or use sour cream, vegan mayo “Veganaise” – or make with silken tofu, see notes below)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 –2 teaspoons lime juice ( to taste)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt, more to taste
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ⅛– ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder – you can also use one canned chipotle pepper (blending it with the mayo in a blender) or just stir in a teaspoon or two of the spicy smoky adobo sauce from the can. Start conservatively, adding more to taste.
- If making with mayo or Veganaise, place all ingredients in a small bowl. Be conservative with the chipotle ( you can always add more). Whisk until smooth with a fork or tiny whisk. ( See notes below if making with silken tofu.)
- Taste, adjust heat, adding more if you like.
- Store in a small jar in the fridge, or in a squirt bottle for easy use. Keeps up to 3 weeks.
If making a vegan version with silken tofu– replace the mayo with ½ a package silken tofu ( about 6 ounces), leave out the water and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Increase salt to ½-¾ teaspoon, add ¼ teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (in addition to the lime) and place all in a food processor, blending until smooth and creamy. Use a canned chipotle pepper or the just a teaspoon or two of the adobo sauce from the can, for the best flavor. Adjust salt, heat and lime.
I use Mori-Nu Organic Silken Tofu– Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
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