Chipotle Sauce Vegan

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This smoky, savory, and creamy Vegan Chipotle Sauce recipe is the perfect match for black bean burgers, veggie hoagies, sandwiches, baked fries, baked blooming onions, and so much more! It’s vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, and can be ready in minutes!

small white dish of vegan chipotle sauce with a black bean burger and corn on the cob in the backgound.

I am not kidding, this stuff is amazing and tastes every bit as good as any regular chipotle sauce I’ve ever eaten. Its smoky, spicy flavors and creamy texture make it the perfect condiment to elevate dishes like my homemade black bean burgers and even salads. It’s even great as a dip for our oil-free French fries.

We have a lot of more delicious vegan sauce recipes on this website that you might want to try like our dairy-free ranch dressing and spicy vegan mayo.

Reasons I love this vegan chipotle sauce

  • Creamy and Flavorful: This sauce delivers a rich, creamy texture with a perfect balance of smoky chipotle heat and tangy ranch flavors.
  • Allergen-Friendly: Being dairy-free, it’s a great option for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies, allowing everyone to enjoy its delicious taste.
  • Versatile: Use it as a dip, dressing, or spread to enhance the flavor of salads, tacos, sandwiches, and more.
  • Customizable: Adjust the heat level and ingredients to suit your personal taste preferences, making it as mild or spicy as you like.

Chipotle substitutions

Chipotles in adobo sauce are known for their smoky, spicy flavor, adding a rich heat to any dish. If you prefer a milder homemade chipotle sauce, consider using smoked paprika or roasted red peppers for a similar smoky depth without the intense heat. Alternatively, you can blend in a small amount of mild chili powder with some adobo sauce to control the spice level while retaining the characteristic smoky flavor.

The chipotles I use for this recipe

Chipotle in adobo sauce can be found in the Latino section of most grocery stores. There are 8-10 chilies in each can, and it takes me a while to go through that many because they are quite hot.

Once I open a can, I place the other chilies and sauce into a plastic bag and store in my refrigerator to be used in other recipes like oil-free hummus and easy blender salsa. They have a small amount of oil in them, so some may want to use chipotle powder instead.

vegan chipotle sauce in black bowl

Secret ingredient is homemade mayo

Other than the chipotles, the other magic ingredient is my Low-Fat Eggless Mayo which makes it creamy and delicious! This vegan mayo takes only about 3 minutes and a blender to make and tastes amazing. We use it on sandwiches and in other recipes like dairy-free coleslaw and eggless potato salad.

How to make chipotle sauce

STEP #1: To make this sauce, you’ll need to begin by making the low-fat eggless mayo. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This mayo can be used on bean burgers, sandwiches, and in sauces. Store in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator. It will keep up to about 10 days.

STEP #2: Blend a half-cup of the mayo, chipotle pepper, lime juice, sweetener, smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, and cumin in a mixer and process until smooth.

STEP #3: Now, it’s ready to be served as a dip, salad dressing, or topping sauce for my Best Black Bean Burgers and even a delicious Baked Blooming Onion.

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

*Originally published April 07, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this sauce less spicy?

Yes, you can make the sauce less spicy by using fewer chipotles or substituting with milder smoked paprika or roasted red peppers. Adjust to your taste preference while maintaining the smoky flavor.

Can I use vegan mayo in place of the mayonnaise?

I haven’t tried it with yogurt, but some followers have made it with dairy-free yogurt and reported that it still tastes great.

How long will this sauce last?

Store the homemade vegan chipotle sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. It does not freeze well.

vegan chipotle sauce drizzled over air fryer potato wedges

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4.65 from 37 votes

Chipotle Sauce Vegan

This smoky, savory, and creamy vegan chipotle sauce is the perfect match for bean burgers, veggie hoagies, baked fries, and SO MUCH MORE!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 5 servings


Chipotle Ranch Sauce

  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayo (recipe below)
  • 1/2 to 1 whole chipotle in adobo sauce or chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar pure cane, succanat, date sugar, etc
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Low-Fat Mayo

  • 1 lb. soft silken tofu
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener pure cane, succant, date sugar, etc
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


Chipotle Ranch Sauce

  • Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.

Easy Low-Fat Eggless Mayo

  • Drain the water from the soft silken tofu. Place all of the mayo ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This will be a lot more mayo than is needed for the chipotle sauce. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days and use on sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and sauces.



Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
Chipotles are spicy
Chipotle in adobo sauce can be found in the Latino section of most grocery stores. There are 8-10 chilies in each can, and it takes me a while to go through that many because they are quite hot.
Once I open a can, I place the other chilies and sauce into a plastic bag and store them in my refrigerator to be used in other recipes like hummus and salsa. They have a small amount of oil in them, so some may want to use chipotle powder instead.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6.5g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g


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  1. Hi. This recipe is awesome. I have played with the quantities and still turned out tasty!
    Since i make yoghurt at home I have used yoghurt (removed the whey) instead of mayo.

  2. The nutritional information says there are 6.5g of trans fat–where is that coming from? Is that a mistake? I don’t see how there could be that much fat (?)

    1. Amelia- The recipe card information is too close together and makes it hard to distinguish sometimes. You’re right, there are zero trans fats. “CALORIES: 134 TOTAL FAT: 6.5g TRANS FAT: 0g CARBOHYDRATES: 8g FIBER: 1g SUGAR: 5g PROTEIN: 7g”

        1. Annie- It won’t freeze well because it’s made with tofu. Tofu changes density when frozen. It should last for over a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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