5 Ingredient Chipotle Mayo (Paleo, Whole 30, Vegetarian)

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Chipotle Mayo is a super simple addition to grilled meats, vegetables, tacos, burgers or grilled corn. And all you need are ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.

Chipotle Mayo in bowl sprinkled with lime zest.

In my opinion, condiments are as essential to a recipe as the recipe itself. Actually, I often find I don’t even separate the two. Condiments to me are as fundamental as salt and pepper. Without them, food feels incomplete, lacking. It needs that complementary component to make it shine.

This is where Chipotle Mayo comes in for me. Out of all condiments, I think this is probably my all-time favorite. I put the stuff on everything! And when I first started experimenting with recipes after changing my lifestyle, flavor became my obsession. Everything has to be intense and full. It has to have a level of satisfaction in every bite.

I first tried chipotle mayo a few years ago when I bought some out of curiosity. It blew my mind and I was infatuated. But after several jars at $9 a piece, I thought, why not make my own? So I took a completely uncomplicated route. Several tablespoons of home made mayo, a few shakes of chipotle chili, a zested lime, some lime juice and salt and voila! I had my own incredibly delicious 4 ingredient chipotle mayo. It’s so simple, it’s almost absurd. But enough about me. Let’s talk about what you need to make chipotle mayo.

This Chipotle Mayo is:

  • Whole 30 approved
  • Gluten, dairy, and grain-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Very simple to make
  • Ready in 2 minutes
  • Versatile and delicious

What ingredients do you need for chipotle mayo?

Good Mayo

I may be biased here but I believe homemade mayo tastes best. If you haven’t made it, definitely check out the simple 2-minute recipe. But if you’re in a hurry or simply don’t want to make your own, look for a good brand of may you like. If you’re following a paleo or whole 30 lifestyle, there are plenty of options such as this and this.

Chipotle powder

This is where your mayo takes on a whole new taste. I’m not partial to any particular chipotle powder brand so you can experiment with the ones that work for you.

Smoked paprika

Smoked paprika is one of those ingredients that can either make or break a dish. Use too much and you’ve got an inedible dish, but use just enough and you’ve got an explosion of flavor in your mouth. So go super easy with your smoked paprika in this sauce.

Lime zest and juice

Lime is also a crucial ingredient in this chipotle mayo. You’ll need both zest and juice to add the right amount of brightness, balance, and acidity to the mayo. If you don’t have lime on hand, lemon won’t really do the trick so there isn’t a substitute for it.


Yes, salt – it ties all the ingredients together and adds just the right balance for this chipotle mayo to be perfect.

Is there any equipment you need?

None at all! All you need is a small mixing bowl and that’s it.

Tips and Substitutions:

What Mayo Should You Use?

I recommend using homemade mayo for this recipe but if you don’t have homemade, store-bought will do.

Is There A Vegan Option?

For a vegan version, simply use vegan mayo instead of regular.

Do You Need Smoked Paprika?

If you can’t find smoked paprika, you can easily make this recipe with just chipotle powder.

How Do You Store The Chiptole Mayo?

The best way to store chipotle mayo is in the refrigerator in an airtight glass jar. Avoid plastic if possible (for so many reasons).

If You’re Looking To Make More

If you’re making this sauce chipotle mayo for a bigger crowd, double up on the ingredients.

How do you use chipotle mayo?

  • Use it as a dip for roasted meat and vegetables.
  • Spread it on grilled or cooked corn on the cob.
  • Use it in fish tacos, meat tacos, or any kind of vegan taco.
  • Pairs perfectly with sweet potato fries.
  • Top your burgers with it (meat, turkey, bean, vegan etc).
Chipotle Mayo in bowl on table with lime halves and grey napkin
Green and white flowers on table
Chipotle Mayo on table with lime and green, yellow flowers and grey napkin
5 Ingredient Chipotle Mayo

5 Ingredient Chipotle Mayo

Yield: 8 tbsp
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Chipotle Mayo is a super simple addition to grilled meats, vegetables, tacos, burgers or grilled corn. And all you need are ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.


  • 1/2 cup homemade of good mayo
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • juice of half of a lime
  • a good pinch of salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Store in airtight jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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  • Reply
    Shannon Emery
    July 29, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I love mayo but I also love simple variation. Such a tasty way of changing things up. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      July 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

      I do too! It’s such a staple in my kitchen and thank you so much, Shannon!

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