You only need 5 healthy ingredients to make this easy vegan chipotle mayo recipe. Spicy, smoky and ready in 5 minutes, this vegan chipotle sauce is just as good as the real thing!
If you like sauces and dips as much as I do, you'll love this quick vegan twist on chipotle mayo. I've been spreading it on sandwiches, using it as a salad dressing, and and even drizzling it over these vegan nachos. It really is that good! Whip yourself up a batch and you'll be slathering it over everything. I promise!
- Cashews: Choose raw, unsalted cashews . When soaked and blended, you will not believe what a wonderfully, creamy mayo they make!
- Chipotle Paste: This is the best way to make chipotle mayo without using peppers, which aren't as widely available.
- Garlic: One finely minced clove will add a nice zingy kick, without it being overwhelmingly garlicky.
- Lime Juice: Lime juice really brightens this recipe up and makes it taste so fresh and tangy.
- Salt: Salt makes all the other flavors pop, but you can omit it if you are on a low-salt diet.
How To Make Chipotle Mayo
1.The first step is to soak your cashews for 4-6 hours. I usually throw my cashews in a bowl of water and leave them to soak overnight. Overnight soaking means that your sauce will be packed with nutrients and extra creamy. If you're in a hurry you can go down the no soak route - pour boiling water over the cashews and leave them to soak for 30 minutes. You won't get that extra creamy texture, or nearly as many nutrients, but hey, sometimes you're just pressed for time!
2. Take your cashews out of the soaking water and rinse them well. Put them in a high speed blender and add the purified water. Keep blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy. I've made cashew cream sauce in my food processor as well...it definitely works, the sauce will just be a touch grittier. Take your pick.
3. Now, stir in your chipotle sauce, lime juice, minced garlic and salt.
4. If you'd like a thinner chipotle sauce, say to use for a salad dressing, just add a bit of water until you reach the consistency you like.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Stored in an airtight jar or container, it will stay fresh for 4-5 days.
Yes, it's oil and gluten free!
Vegan Chipotle Mayo
- 1 cup raw cashews soaked
- 2 tablespoons chipotle sauce
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Soak the cashews for 4-6 hours or overnight. *see note 1 for quick soak method.
- Rinse the cashews and add to a blender or food processor.
- Add the chipotle paste, lime juice, sea salt, and garlic. Blend until the sauce is creamy. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time to thin the sauce to desired consistency.