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, gluten-free. Includes a video.

Simple Chipotle Mayo ( aka Mexican Secret Sauce) - a fast and easy 5 minute-sauce to give meals a huge BURST of flavor! Vegan adaptable & Gluten-free. #chipotlemayo #tacosauce #spicymayo #mayo #mexicanmayo Your self love is a medicine for the earth.  ~ Yung Pueblo

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!  Use it as a taco sauce, over burrito bowls,tacos, burgers,  or with most any Mexican- inspired recipes!

And the best thing is, this Chipotle Mayo 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!

Watch how to make Chipotle Mayo! | 30-sec video

Ingredients in Chipotle Mayo:

Simple Chipotle Mayo ( aka Mexican Secret Sauce) - a fast and easy 5 minute-sauce to give meals a huge BURST of flavor! Vegan adaptable & Gluten-free. #chipotlemayo #tacosauce #spicymayo #mayo #mexicanmayo

How to make Chipotle Mayo?

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk away!
  • Taste, adjust heat and lime to your liking!
  • Keeps 7-10 days in the fridge.

Chipotle Mayo- aka Mexican Secret Sauce. A simple sauce that everyone needs to know about! It will give meals a huge burst of flavor with little effort! vegan adaptable and Gluten free! |

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!

Taste, add more chipotle, or keep it mild.

Simple Chipotle Mayo ( aka Mexican Secret Sauce) - a fast and easy 5 minute-sauce to give meals a huge BURST of flavor! Vegan adaptable & Gluten-free. #chipotlemayo #tacosauce #spicymayo #mayo #mexicanmayo

What to use Chipotle Mayo with:


This Chipotle Mayo  is one we use in our catering business. At home, I make a healthier vegan version (with silken tofu– see notes in recipe) and keep it in a squirt bottle ready to drizzle lightly over tacos, burgers, fish,corn on the cob, nachos, enchiladas, pretty much anything that needs a burst of flavor.

If you are vegan, make this with  Veganaise or silken tofu. A flavor booster for sure!

If you would like to keep the Chipotle Mayo for longer than a week, substitue a little vinegar for the lime juice, which will help preserve.

Chipotle Mayo ( aka Mexican Secret Sauce) - a simple 5 minute sauce that everyone should know about to give meals a huge BURST of flavor! Vegan adaptable,GF

How easy is that?

On the home front: I’ve been meaning to tell you a little story, but until now the words have not come. It’s why I picked this quote. I trust that those of you who need to hear this story will find it, and those who don’t can simply skip to the recipe.

When my mother, Lea, turned 80, she left my father.

He had gone on his yearly 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 I grew up, where she had lived for 35 years. Imagine how difficult this would be at any age, and then imagine it at the age of 80.

When he returned she was gone. They were married for 42 years.

My father, like all of us, had his good qualities and his flaws. He could treat her terribly, become angry, volatile,  tearing her down emotionally, but could also be very loving in his own way. Which made leaving him very difficult.  A complicated man, heavily influenced by his culture. He could not see any areas for improvement within himself, and would not even consider “working on the marriage” with her. She stayed with him purely out of duty, guilt, 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 relationship took a toll on her, not just emotionally, but physically. She was constantly on edge, stressed, sad, isolated. She began to have serious heart problems. It wasn’t until she was 80, that she had the strength and courage to leave.

And then she lived 3 more years…

Believe me when I tell you, even though the rest of her time here was short, 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 completely transformed. All her worry lines faded. It was like a huge weight was lifted. Her heart became light, and love just poured out of her entire being. Truly remarkable.

Looking back, I believe her lesson in this life was to experience love fully, and specifically, to experience self-love.  She had always put everyone else first, serving others in her beautiful faithful way -as a nurse, midwife (in Nigeria), faithful friend, nurturing mother, sister, and wife.  But a day came when she listened to her soul’s wish- and chose the path of self-love and healing. This did not mean she stopped loving my father. It just meant she couldn’t be married to him for one more day.

Such a beautiful lesson to give her only daughter, who at the time was also struggling in her first marriage.

I just wanted to share this with you, because I know that marriage can be one of the hardest things we experience in this life. I once read somewhere, “Relationships are hard. Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.” Sometimes the lesson is not always  “making our bed and lying in it”,  and being miserable for the rest of our days. If a partner is willing to work on marriage then, by all means, work on it!  But if a partner is unwilling to work on it, you don’t have to continue down the same dead-end road until your dying days. And chances are, any step that you take towards self-love and self-healing will teach your children (and perhaps partner) to do the same. It was the most precious gift she gave me.

Sometimes the lesson is learning to love ourselves enough to take care of our soul, make healthy, unsettling 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 80, so can we, if need be. And that it is never too late.

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Chipotle Mayo- a mexican secret sauce that will give dishes a burst of flavor. Vegan adaptable, GF!

Chipotle Mayo (Mexican Secret Sauce)


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.


  1. ½ cup mayo (or use sour cream, vegan mayoVeganaise” – or make with silken tofu, see notes below)
  2. 1 tablespoon water
  3. 12 teaspoons lime juice (to taste)
  4. ⅛ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  5. ½ teaspoon chili powder
  6. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground 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. I prefer the Adobo Sauce!


  1. 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.)
  2. Taste, adjust heat and spices, adding more spices if you like. ( I usually add more salt and chili powder to taste.)
  3. Store in a small jar in the fridge, or in a squirt bottle for easy use.
  4. Keeps up to 2 weeks.


VEGAN VERSION: If making a vegan version with silken tofu– replace the mayo with ½ a package silken tofu ( about 6 ounces or 165 grams), 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 half of one!) or  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 – ½ of a 12.5 ounce package.  


  • Serving Size: 2 teaspoons
  • Calories: 64
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 103.6 mg
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.9 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your mother. Indeed a wonderful lesson for us all.

    Also your food is so beautiful, and recipes so perfectly thought out, that I return to your blog almost daily.

  2. Omg so I came for a recipe, left with a life lesson and some seriously pulled heart strings. Thank you so much for both.

  3. Thank you for sharing the story. Being free to be happy is priceless and can erase so many years of sadness. I don’t usually read the stories before a recipe, I simply skip to the recipe. I am glad I did today. We are going to put this sauce on Impossible burgers with tomato, lettuce and scallions. I can’t wait!
    Thank you again!

  4. The recipe itself is easy to follow and quick to do. However, the finished product, if you follow the ingredients to the letter, is quite bland. I found that if you double the ingredients for the chili powder, salt, paprika, and chipotle powder, it tastes much better.

      1. Great tasting, but Craig nails it! I doubled them even before I read his comment. Used it on a quiche this morning for breakfast…love very spicy food, morning, noon, and night. Thanks for this.

    1. …and I left the water as well, it sounded a bit too watery, but with the ingredients doubled, it was very good!

  5. Excellent sauce! I used it on fish tacos and my kids couldn’t get enough. Favourite new sandwich sauce!
    I made it exactly as the recipe is written.

  6. My mother’s story is so similar. The relationship had never been ‘good’ but was worsening with age. She seriously was going to leave when she was late -70s, had even contacted a lawyer. The next closest (sadly, best?) thing was that he became ill and died. She had 4-5 years of “freedom” before she passed away too. The difference in her was remarkable.

  7. Hello Sylvia,
    I am a huge fan of your website/blog and love so many of your recipes. Today looking at one of your recipes I came across the story about your Mother leaving your Father and just had to tell you what a beautiful inspiring story it is. Thank You for sharing!
    Carrie Benedetto

  8. Tasty but don’t think the water is necessary because it turned out way too liquid! Added more mayonnaise to try thicken it and it’s a bit better now 🙂

  9. I stumbled on your blog while searching for recipes with chipotle peppers. I moved to Brazil and find it difficult to cook things I love because while I live in a city of neraly 500,000 it is difficult to find imported foods or spices. We live close to a farmer’s market that opens every Saturday so I’m going to try to find sime things, specifically mexican peppers.
    With all that being said I loved the story about your mom. As I said I moved to Brazil to marry the man I love and did so even with all of the negative comments. It seems these days no one wants you to be happy unless you live by their expectations . Thank you for sharing. I am almost 45 and raised my 19 year old son. Now it’s time to do something for myself.

  10. All the spices and other elements complement each other so well making this dish one of our favorites anytime if the year!! Thanks for sharing! Bon appetit!

  11. Thank you for this! All the other recipes require chipotle peppers, but I don’t have time for that. I have to make this quickly before I go to work. I have all these ingredients on hand!

  12. I make this weekly, for months now. I use veganmayo but I also have tried it with silken tofu, not my fav but was still good! I use chipotle chilies in a can. So yum! Fantastic taste! Highly recommend!

  13. As I sat here in my office, eating my stress away (looking up recipes), I came across your mother’s story. I’m currently struggling in my marriage and after 9 years of misery, I’m finally considering divorce. I’ve been feeling scared to move on with my life. I needed that. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Thank you so much for that beautiful anecdote about your mother, it was so heartwarming! I don’t know if was all the genuine emotion I exhibited or what, but something about that story transformed me into a Michelin star chef by the time I actually found the ingredients list. Thank you!

  15. Loved the story, your mom’s bravery is remarkable! Never have heard of anything quite like this. So wonderful for her to live out 3 years in total bliss. As for the idiot that said story no needed. They aren’t needed on this website or anywhere else with their negativity. So sad, some people.

  16. I’ve been making this for ages, but I just use Veganaise, Chipotles in Adobo (diced) and some lime. I put it on eveything!

  17. I made this with silken tofu and it was great. Everyone loved it. I also enjoy the fact that you use silken tofu instead cashews.

  18. I love this. I was craving a meaty salad full of black beans and corn, and this dressing made it perfect ?

  19. I think God works in mysterious ways, who would have thought my search for a recipe would lead me to your mom’ story, your story. But it is just what I needed to hear, so thank you for the beautiful reminder about self love.