Homemade Chipotle Mayo Recipe with Lime

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I really like to make my own condiments and spices whenever possible, so when I wanted to try chipotle mayo in my fish tacos, making my own was a no-brainer!

Homemade Chipotle Mayo

I’ve been making my own mayonnaise for years now. I like being able to use healthy oils such as coconut or olive oil and I prefer to avoid the preservatives in store-bought mayo.

My family loves the smoky, spicy flavors of the southwest though so I decided to add a little zip to my regular mayo with this chipotle mayo.

I use about a cup of my homemade mayo as the base, although you can also find some good store-bought mayos these days too (like this one). The sour cream is optional but adds creaminess and tones down the heat. If you don’t eat dairy, just use more mayo instead. I add some chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, lime juice and zest, chives, salt, and pepper. Give it a good stir and it’s done!

This mayo is a great substitute for regular mayo in almost any recipe. Try it in fish tacos or dipping sauce for homemade fish sticks, french fries, chicken salad or egg salad, or just a veggie dipping sauce.

Is Chipotle Powder the Same as Chili Powder?

Nope! Chili powder is made out of dried ground peppers mixed with other seasonings like cumin, garlic, and oregano.

Chipotle powder (this stuff) is just ground peppers. Chipotles are jalapeños that are allowed to ripen until they’re nice and red. Then they’re smoked and dried. At that point they’re either canned, ground into powder, or left whole.

Chipotle powder is smoky and a bit spicy. If you’re not a fan of heat, you can sub mild smoked paprika for the chipotle powder.

More Homemade Condiments With Southwest Flavor

I mentioned that we’re a big fan of southwest flavors around here, right? We like them so much that I’ve come up with my own recipes for a lot of southwest spices and condiments. Give them a try… you might find that you like making your ingredients from scratch too!

Next I’m working on a homemade pico de gallo recipe to use of all my garden tomatoes!

Chipotle Mayo Recipe

Make your own chipotle mayo at home with real food ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Calories 96kcal
Author Katie Wells




  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream (or another ½ cup mayonnaise)
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder (or more to taste, or 1-2 chipotle chilis from a can of chipotle in adobo)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small lime (zest of entire lime and juice of half of it)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp chives (dried)


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until combined.
  • Use in place of regular mayo to give any recipe a southwest flavor!


Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Mayo Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 TBSP)
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Try chipotle mayo as a veggie (or french fry!) dip, in place of mayo in chicken or egg salad, or as a sandwich spread.

Or, if you’re not a fan of making your own chipotle lime mayo (which makes me wonder why you searched for this and read this far), Primal Kitchen now has a delicious pre-made Chipotle Lime Mayo recipe.

Do you make flavored mayos? What kinds do you like?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


26 responses to “Homemade Chipotle Mayo Recipe with Lime”

  1. caffa Avatar

    Hi, is your 1 batch of mayo about 1 cup of regular mayo you’d say?

  2. frank Avatar

    Sounds delicious healthy and spicy perfect combo cant wait to try it!

  3. tinny Avatar

    Looks delicious! I might be misunderstanding something, but the link in the recipe ingredient list for mayo goes to Thrive.com for shopping for mayo, instead of going to a recipe for making a batch of mayo. You have a yummy mayo recipe here on your site, think I will try it!

  4. Max Avatar

    5 stars
    I used this recipe but in a blender and my mayo came out liquidity what to I do?

  5. Robyn Smith Avatar
    Robyn Smith

    How did I live without this?! Whipped up a batch to serve with sweet potato black bean burgers and I look like a gourmet chef. Well, okay maybe not but I cooked like one today! This recipe is perfect…just enough kick and zip to be exciting, but not so much that I get teary eyed. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  6. Shay Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this half/half sour cream/mayo. Super yummy without the oily tast of mayo. I bet it would taste even better with greek yogurt.

  7. Adam Schoales Avatar
    Adam Schoales

    5 stars
    Whipped this together with your standard store-bought Hellmans. Delicious.

    Since the mayo isn’t home-made how long do you think it’d keep for? I imagine it’ll be fine for longer than just a week (though maybe the lime-juice changes it’s shelf life?)

  8. Wendi Bevitt Avatar
    Wendi Bevitt

    5 stars
    my hubby makes his own chipotle powder, he’ll appreciate this recipe. Thanks:)

  9. Anna Sul Avatar

    Thanks, I tried some last night and it was so good! You saved me looking for a recipe!

  10. LeeAnn Joy Perelli-Minetti Avatar
    LeeAnn Joy Perelli-Minetti

    5 stars
    Looks sooo yummy! My hubby would love it. 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  11. Patty Avatar

    5 stars
    Ha! I’ve picked up a bottle of chipotle mayo at least twice in the store and put them back when I read the ingredients. And I thought, “I’m sure The Mommypotamus will come out with a recipe for it one of these days.” Good things come to those who wait! Thanks, Heather! 🙂

  12. Kelsea Avatar

    This looks delicious! I’m on the candida-diet right now, but my “cheat” is mayo. This looks delicious!

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