Simple Chipotle Cream Sauce

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A simple chipotle cream sauce recipe using a special blend of spices, chipotle paste, and sour cream. Try this savory sauce on tacos, bowls, and salads!

Nothings tops a burrito, taco, or nachos quite like a spicy cream sauce. For today’s post, we’re sharing our simple chipotle cream sauce.

Similar to our homemade remoulade or 5-minute fish taco sauce, this recipe smooth, creamy, and delicious. It’s a great for adding chipotle flavor to dishes like tater tot nachos.

Best of all, our chipotle sauce only takes a few minutes to prepare. Also, you don’t need any fancy tools or gadgets to whip up this condiment.

The chipotle cream sauce in a ramekin accented with limes.

What is chipotle sauce made of?

There are many types of chipotle sauces. However, it seems most traditional sauces are made of chipotle peppers, Mexican crema, fresh garlic, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Regional adaptations have been created all over the United States based on local ingredients like sour cream, mayonnaise, and canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Looking for recipe to make that uses this sauce? Then, take a look at our grilled shrimp with chipotle sauce.

Sour cream, lime juice, and other ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

How to make our chipotle cream sauce?

First, grab a small to medium sized mixing bowl and a whisk. After that, add the sour cream to the bowl. Next, add in the lime juice, chipotle paste (or powder), garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

Last, use a whisk to combine all the ingredients into a rich and creamy sauce. That’s it, the recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the sauce and we wish you all the best 🙂

The ingredients have been whisked together in the bowl.

Chipotle Cream Sauce Notes and Tips:

  • A canned chipotle pepper may also be used in this recipe. However, the ingredients will need to be processed in a blender or food processor. Also, you can use a partial or whole pepper depending on how spicy you’d like the sauce.
  • The amount of chipotle paste or powder in the recipe will determine how spicy your sauce will turn out.
  • Additionally, if you use a canned pepper, the adobo sauce in the can adds the flavors of paprika, oregano, salt, and vinegar. Creating a unique taste similar to an adobo chipotle sauce.
The chipotle sauce has been transferred to a ramekin.

Other homemade sauce and condiments you may enjoy:

Don’t forget to check out our Chipotle Cream Sauce web story!

The chipotle sauce has been transferred to a ramekin.

Simple Chipotle Cream Sauce

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Author: John
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings


  • 1/2 cup sour cream, or mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle paste, (see notes in post for adobo chipotle sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, pinch


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
    1 teaspoon chipotle paste
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/8 teaspoon chili powder
    1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 tablespoons of the chipotle cream sauce. Actual calories will vary.
For additional notes and tips, please refer to the post.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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  1. Made this to use as a sauce for Shrimp with Chipotle Cream sauce. I had this recently ly at a Mexican restaurant, and the sauce tasted the same. I put the cream over the cooked shrimp, added a couple tablespoons of chicken stock and heated through. Very tasty.

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