Chipotle Chili Pepper Sauce

My family likes to eat sandwiches and salads that are both healthy and flavorful. We don’t really get excited by standard salad dressings from the store. My son and I like to come up with a sauce or salad dressing according to what other ingredients we happen to be using on a given day. For example, the other day we were planning to have a turkey bagel sandwich for lunch. My son suggested that chipotle might go really well with the turkey. The sauce described below is what we came up with. It made for a really interesting sandwich.

Chipotle peppers are red jalapeños that have been smoked and dried. You could get these from a can, but I greatly prefer the flavor that comes from using dried chipotle pepper powder. By combining this with other ingredients like smoked paprika and pimentos, you get a sophisticated twist on a Tex-Mex type of flavor.

This chipotle sauce is extremely delicious and an easy way to add a unique flavor to your dish. It worked great for our turkey sandwich (please find the turkey bagel recipe elsewhere on the blog). You could also drizzle this sauce over tacos, nachos, and rice bowls, or use it as a dip or spread for sandwiches.

An added benefit of this sauce is that you can store the extra in the refrigerator, and therefore get a chance to enjoy it over multiple days.



  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 4 oz. jar or 1/2 cup diced pimentos
  • 1 cup full fat mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder


Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions. Cook the onions for 3-5 minutes or they are soft and lightly colored. Cool the onions for few minutes.

Transfer the onions and pimentos to a small food processor cup. Process until pureed.

Place rest of the ingredients along with the pureed mixture in a mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix all ingredients well together. Taste for seasoning.

You can used this sauce as a dip for any types of plain chips, a spread, or to top rice bowls or salads.


Makes about 2 cups

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