This creamy, smoky Chipotle Lime Dressing is great for so much more than just salads. A handful of ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes.
When you have a few extra minutes, I really think that homemade salad dressings can’t be beat. They are fresh, flavorful, and come with the added bonus of being able to customize them to suit your taste. For instance, you may want to up the spice level in this creamy Chipotle Lime Dressing with more chipotle in adobo or add some extra lime juice.
Read more about this delicious Southwestern inspired dressing below or click here to head straight to the recipe.
What Is Chipotle In Adobo?
The spicy, smoky flavor in this dressing comes from chipotle in adobo, which is a smoked jalapeno in a thick, vinegar-based sauce. You’ll find chipotle in adobo in small cans in the international aisle of the grocery store, often where the taco shells, jarred salsas, and refried beans are sold.
For this recipe, we just need the sauce in the can of chipotle in adobe, and you only need a tablespoon of it in the dressing. If you like spicy food though, finely chop up one of the chipotle peppers from the adobo and mix that into the dressing. You can store the remainder in a container or resealable bag in the freezer for up to three months. You can also use it in a Chicken Burrito Bowl or for a Taco Salad.
How To Make Chipotle Lime Dressing
It’s so simple to make this creamy homemade dressing! In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, chipotle in adobo sauce, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt until well combined.
This can be served immediately, or covered and refrigerated for up to seven days.
Using Your Homemade Dressing
I love to use this, of course, as a salad dressing, especially on my Southwest Steak Salad. But also as a swap for regular sour cream on tacos and burritos, and even on baked potatoes. It also makes a great dip for tortilla chips or raw veggies.
Give it a try and let me know how you use it in the comments.Print
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. sauce from chipotle in adobo*
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- In a small bowl stir together sour cream, chipotle in adobo, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt until well combined.
- Refrigerate, covered, up to 7 days.
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*Like things spicy? Chop up one of the peppers and add that too.
This post originally appeared in July 2022 and was revised and republished in February 2023.