Mexican Chipotle Sauce (vegan & gluten free)

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Mexican Chipotle Sauce: vegan and gluten free, the perfect way to take your taco to the next level.

This Mexican Chipotle Sauce takes your taco game to a whole new level!  Drizzle this on your next burrito, taco or breakfast wrap, you won’t regret it.

You know those meals that you cook ALL THE TIME….?  Tacos and burritos are that meal for us.  Now, we’re not talking any regular taco party here.

We’ve been married for nearly ten years now, and seriously, it has taken us that long to perfect this meal (I guess that’s what you can expect when a Hungarian and a Ukrainian set out to ‘master’ Mexican cooking).  But man it was worth it!

Burritos are our most requested meal when entertaining, and I love making them for so many reasons. You can easily make them vegan using a veggie ‘ground’, the components are simple and nutritious but flavourful, and everyone can put exactly what they want on their wrap or shell.  It’s casual entertaining at it’s best.

Mexican Chipotle Sauce: vegan and gluten free, the perfect way to take your taco to the next level.

I hope you love this sauce as much as we do.  You can freeze any extras to use the next time you make Mexican food (should there be any leftovers).  You can find the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the Mexican aisle in the grocery store: be sure to only use INDIVIDUAL peppers in this recipe, not cans of peppers (a few people have made this mistake so I want to be crystal clear here!).  You can imagine the difference it would make…

If you’re looking for a good salsa recipe, here is our go-to.  Same thing with guacamole, we add a secret ingredient that makes it a hit every time!  If you’re feeling extra ambitious, make your own corn tortillas. Now, if you’re looking for a killer margarita recipe, go to my cousin Jillian’s site (that Casamigos Tequila is ridiculous).

Mexican Chipotle Sauce (vegan & gluten free)

This chipotle sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and salty to take your taco party to the next level!  Add a drizzle to a burrito, taco or even a breakfast wrap. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chipotle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Fraiche Nutrition


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 4 small tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 individual chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat and add the onion.  Cook for approximately 10 minutes until the onion softens and turns transparent, stirring occasionally   

  2. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the garlic starts to soften: stir to make sure that you don't burn the garlic (trust me!).

  3. Add the diced tomatoes, salt, chipotle peppers, sugar and water. Turn the heat to low, cover, and cook for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The tomatoes will completely break down during this process. You may need to add a few more tablespoons of water if the sauce starts to get too thick.

  4. Remove the sauce from the heat, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You may want to place it in a bowl with tall sides before completing this step to avoid burning yourself. Serve as a condiment to your favourite Mexican food and enjoy!


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7 Comments on “Mexican Chipotle Sauce (vegan & gluten free)”

  1. Tina Dashkewich

    Loved this sauce! very easy and worth the wait. Can it be canned? I think it would make a great gift

  2. Tristyn


    Do you think this recipe could be done in an instant pot? If so, any idea how long it would require pressure cooking?

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