Copycat Recipe: Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

5 stars based on 51 votes

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I love Chipotle’s Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette so I came up with this copycat version by fiddling around with the ingredients listed on the Chipotle website. It tastes almost identical to the original and is delicious over romaine lettuce, beans, corn, avocado, grilled meats or any combination.

ingredients

The key ingredient in the recipe is canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce: dried and smoked peppers (usually red jalapeños) that come in a spicy tomato sauce. You can find them in the Latin section of most supermarkets.

ready-to-blend

To make the vinaigrette, you simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor.

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And process until smooth. Enjoy!

Chipotle-Mexican-Grill's-Honey-Vinaigrette

Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Servings: 1-1/4 cups
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 small garlic cloves, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Sodium: 301mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Reviews & Comments

  • Super great!!! Love love love this!!!

    - Erica on May 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delish! Would you have any suggestion on how the dressing might be lightened up? Thank you!

    - Jessica on May 17, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Jessica, you could cut back on the oil a bit. I noticed in the comments that one reader did that and was still happy with the results. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on May 17, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is awesome!! Chipotle is pretty stingy with their dressing (you have to remember to ask for it when ordering a salad at the store near us). I’m so glad I can make it myself now. I tried it today and it was perfect. Thank you!!!

    - Mel on May 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Holy cow I could drink this! I used canola oil and apple cider vinegar because that’s what I had on hand, but followed everything else exactly. This is spot on. I have chicken breast marinating in it as I type.

    - Brandi on April 18, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just wanted to stop by and tell you I love this recipe. I crave salads just so I can eat it. It is so good! I made it as written the first time and have since played around with different oils (grapeseed, avocado) and vinegars (half red wine and half apple cider). It all comes out delicious.

    - Kelly on March 16, 2016 Reply
  • The Chipotle salad dressing is on point! Taste exactly like the one you get at Chipotle restaurants, one of my most favorite dressings that now I can make at home? Thank you for sharing!
    I give it a 5 star!

    - Victoria on February 20, 2016 Reply
  • Hi, I’m excited to make this recipe as Chipotle’s vinaigrette is my absolute favorite! I ask for extras to take home and use it on chicken, meats, veggies, everything! Anyway, I was wondering – can I substitute olive oil or grapeseed oil instead of the vegetable oil? Would appreciate your reply!

    - Joyce on January 31, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    It’s a good copy recipe. The Actual dressing however doesn’t have garlic in it. Instead all wet ingredients (adobo paste, oil, water and vinegar) are mixed. Then fresh oregano and black pepper are stirrred in.
    This is honestly the closest copy cat recipe that I have ever seen though! I think it’s brilliant!

    - Jillian on January 1, 2016 Reply
    • 5 stars

      This dressing is better than Chipotle.

      - Lisa on May 17, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m always concerned that the copycat recipe wouldn’t taste as good as the real thing. But this one is spot on!!

    - Hope on November 13, 2015 Reply
  • Wow … this is delicious. Tastes just like the dressing at Chipotle. I used 2 chipotle peppers. I thought it was tangy but not overly spicy. Thank you for the recipe. It’s a keeper. My family loved it.

    - susan on November 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for the recipe…it tastes just like Chipotle. Awesome!! I would definitely pass this on

    - muneca on October 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another Hit! I am starting to get into the salad mason jar groove. It’s a great idea for my three tween/teen sons to grab a mason jar for an afternoon snack. It also avoids the nightly “I don’t want peppers/cucumbers/tomatoes in my salad.”

    Jenn have you considered making an Amazon list for what you endorse? For instance, I need new knives and have no idea which ones to buy to get the best bang for my buck. Or which ones I definitely need. I have often thought to buy a product, because I have seen it in your step-by-step pictorials. You have built an exciting brand that emphasizes quality calories. I have learned from you that I don’t have to ban all sugar and junk food from my kids, but rather choose my recipes. Thank you for that. My focus now is to add wholesome foods, not to just deny food.

    - Elizabeth on September 30, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Elizabeth, So glad you enjoyed the dressing and thank you for your feedback. I actually do have an Amazon list; it’s just hard to find. I will work on that! Here’s the link: http://astore.amazon.com/onupach-20

      - Jenn on September 30, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I forgot to add that I did a fourth of the vinegar. I didn’t want it to be too vinegary and not be able to adjust. This is a keeper. I had all of the ingredients on-hand, and it took just a few minutes to make.

    - DLisa on September 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is wonderful!!! I added a bit more honey plus xanthan gum (for thickness). Thank you for sharing!!!

    - DLisa on September 15, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Update: I only used xanthan gum the first time. I have made this dressing several times now – usually when Chipotle has run out of theirs, and I don’t need xanthan gum.

      I also make this dressing to go on lightly fried wings that I bake. They are really good the next day!

      I LOVE THIS STUFF!

      - Lisa on May 17, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the 1st time I made this and I could drink it! It is so good! The only change I made was cutting back on the salt to 1/2 tsp or so. I don’t know what the original Chipolte dressing tastes like but it doesn’t matter because this tastes great!

    - Lynne on August 31, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Omigosh, this recipe is even better than the restaurant’s dressing!

    - Sandy on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe several times now. First time I made it as written. It was amazing. Lately because I don’t have the chipotles on hand I’ve been using chili powder and a little ketchup or tomato paste, and I’ve also been using olive oil for the health benefits. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

    - marianne on August 19, 2015 Reply
  • 3 stars

    I made this recipe with all the same ingredients and it just didn’t taste the same to me as Chipotle. It tastes way too vinegary. It just seems like it’s missing something. Any advice?

    - Lily on July 29, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Lily, Hmmm, this is not a very sharp dressing. Did you add all the oil and honey?

      - Jenn on July 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband and I LOVE this recipe. We sub olive oil and noticed that it congeals when placed in the fridge. Is there any reason it cannot be stored at room temp?

    - Stephanie on July 28, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Stephanie, Room temp is fine :)

      - Jenn on July 28, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Chipotle uses rice bran oil in everything which is the distinct taste that most people are missing from this recipe. And also the cumin. Other than that it’s great. I used rice bran oil not and the cumin and it is perfect.

    - Sameerah on June 28, 2015 Reply
    • How much cumin did you use?

      - Denise on July 11, 2015 Reply
      • A teaspoonful. I stored it on the counter not in the fridge.

        - Sameerah on July 11, 2015 Reply
  • How longdoes this keep in the fridge?

    - Al on June 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Al, I would say about a week.

      - Jenn on June 14, 2015 Reply
  • Canned chipotle pepper in adobo can be frozen. Freeze the extras – 2 peppers / ice cube tray and then next time you want to make the dressing – toss in a cube!!!
    Fabulous recipe.

    - Mav on April 26, 2015 Reply
  • Wondering if Olive Oil would be a good substitution for Vegetable Oil?? Thanks

    - Hope on April 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Hope, I prefer vegetable or a neutral tasting oil for this dressing; olive oil might be too strong.

      - Jenn on April 12, 2015 Reply
    • I used olive oil and it tasted great!

      - Tiffany on January 23, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dressing is absolutely delicious! I am trying to make our dressing for salads and stay away from store bought. This is great on thinly sliced spinach and cabbage salad with leftover BBQ’d chicken!

    - Jeanie on March 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dressing was delicious! I love Chipotle’s dressing and was excited to try it. From the minute I smelled it while blending my mouth started watering. I have made it multiple times with no substitutions. I used it with the black bean and corn salad on the website and have also used it for my regular salads at work. It is fantastic!

    - Monica on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    As a daily (sometimes two times a day) visitor to Chipotle – the only cheap/decent food place around my campus, I have grown pretty addicted to their vinaigrette. This recipe is spot on! It tastes a little stronger than Chipotle’s since it in a smaller batch but it’s still delicious (and super easy to make too). Thanks so much for sharing!

    - Kevin on February 28, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Great recipe! Rather than use red wine vinegar I used 6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1.5 teaspoons of granulated sugar. I also used Mexican Oregano, double the amount of what is called for in the recipe above and salted to taste. Turned out fantastic and the family said it was better than the original.

    Greatly appreciate this recipe base!

    - Chris on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • Do you have other uses for the chipotle peppers in the can? I always buy ingredients for recipes and then throw away the rest because I have no use for them. How long will they last once the can is opened? Also, can you substitute parsley for cilantro in recipes? Not a fan of the taste!

    - Linda on February 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Linda, Yes, several! Click on this link and check out the search results: http://www.onceuponachef.com/search?q=chipotle

      Re. the cilantro, parsley isn’t always a great substitute; depends on the recipe. A lot of the time, you can just leave it out.

      - Jenn on February 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love Chipotle’s house dressing so when I saw this I HAD to try it. I made it in under ten minutes and it is delicious! I look forward to eating a salad at lunch now! I put it over avocado, pasta, etc. I can’t stop eating it! LOL!

    - Debbie in So Cal on February 9, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is as close as being at Chipotle

    - Amanda on February 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This salad dressing tastes amazing!! I was looking for a copycat version of Chipotle’s salad dressing, and this is extremely close! It’s so good! My family and I thank you! :)

    - Ashly on January 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What is the nutritional value of this fabulous dressing?

    - Linda on January 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Linda, The nutritional data has been posted underneath the recipe. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on January 25, 2015 Reply
      • Thank you. I didn’t see it. I had only viewed the copy I was printing.

        - Linda on January 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    5 stars this was amazing . satisfied my soul

    - kizzy on January 6, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was asked to bring a salad to a Mexican themed New Year’s Eve party tonight and stumbled across your blog and this recipe. I had all ingredients on had so I just whipped it up and WOW is it yummy! It’s only 10:00 in the morning and I can’t wait until I can have a salad for lunch! Thank you so much for sharing and you’ve got a new fan!

    - Jen on December 31, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love love love this recipe! My husband and I live almost 2 hours from the closest chipotle and this salad dressing is spot on. I def will be using this! Yummy !

    - Lizz on December 13, 2014 Reply
  • Hi. How long will this dressing last in the refrigerator?

    Just found your website from the Huffpost article and I love it.

    Thanks!

    - Michele on December 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Michele, Thank you and welcome to the site! The dressing keeps well for about a week.

      - Jenn on December 7, 2014 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Ha! I imagine it WOULD keep about a week in the fridge..if it had even the slightest chance of lasting that long without being devoured! Not the case in my household! Excellent dressing!

        - Sheryl B on January 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Although not exactly the same as Chipotle’s dressing, it’s pretty darn close. I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Also I found I had to use as much honey as recommended to get the right balance of flavors. Great recipe! Thanks for uncracking the code :)

    - Carolina on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Your recipes are most DELICIOUS and easy to read and prepare. I love getting e-mails from you to see what you have come up with! I especially love the Honey Chipotle Dressing. Scrumptious!

    - Dee Robinson on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This salad dressing will make picky salad eaters do a happy dance. The flavors are soooo good. I get so tired of boring regular salads. This makes nutrition fun! I love to add it to corn, greens, peppers, onions, and cilantro. It also gives a good flavor boost to rice for taco night!

    - Ryan on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I fell in love recently with Chipotle salad vinaigrette. I noticed that they don’t give a lot of it in the containers so i had to figure out the recipe to make. I did use all of the ingredients except for oregano because i didn’t have anymore. However i used thyme and it came out excellent. Even better than Chipotle. I actually used a little more than recipe called for just because i wanted to taste perfect. Chipotle flavor with a honey taste.

    - Kathiana on October 30, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Copy cat chipotle dressing. This dressing is simply terrific. I don’t like too much salt on or in my food and I did not think this dressing was salty in the least. I think it tastes better than the one at the food chain! I did use one chile pepper and used one garlic clove, but other than that I followed it to a “tee.” Yummy.

    - DES on October 27, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Made it exactly the first time and it was close so the second time I used only 1/2 cup oil, I let the food processor chop the garlic, and a little more chipotle to cancel out a bit of the sweetness. Perfect! Thanks for posting!

    - VinceF on October 20, 2014 Reply
  • I have a question for the chipole pepper adobo sauce is that 2 cans tbsp or tsp

    - grace on September 26, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Grace, It’s two whole peppers from the can.

      - Jenn on September 26, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Pretty much spot on. Compliments to the chef! The ingredients are common and I keep most of this on hand so whipping up a batch is a cinch. Nice work Jenn.

    - Michael D on September 7, 2014 Reply
    • Thank you, Michael! So glad you enjoyed the dressing.

      - Jenn on September 9, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m not going to try and compare this to the original, but just say that I made the best salad I ever ate in my life….I am not kidding. I made this dressing exactly as written. Black beans from a can cooked with half an onion, 2 cloves garlic, oregano, and sauted in 8 oz of chicken broth until dry. Added in cooked corn off the cob (I live in Ohio where this is a delicacy right now). Chop some romaine, mix in some Mexican cheese blended shredded cheese, dice an avocado, mix in the corn and black beans, and add the dressing. AMAZING!!!! I marinated some chicken with adobo rub, and some of the leftover sauce from the can of adobe chiles…cooked it in a skillet and then cooled and diced it. Amazing flavor on the chicken by itself, but add it to the salad and go crazy. I can’t wait for left overs tomorrow!!!

    - egbluesuede on September 6, 2014 Reply
  • 3 stars

    Sorry ladies, this recipe is not the same. I purchase everything to make this dressing prior to seeing this recipe online. I first made my own version per the ingredients listed on Chipotle.com and it didn’t come close. I tried this recipe and it was to salty. It came somewhat close to the original but not close enough. Evidently Chipotle lists most of the ingredients but not all on their website due to copyright issues. I will however use this recipe in the future but use less salt. Thanks for sharing!

    - Arlene on August 16, 2014 Reply
    • 5 stars

      The main differance is they have pre-packaged adobe paste and use sunflower oil or soybean oil. I think the adobe paste is essentially the same as canned chipotle peppers and garlic (some minor seasonings aswell since the chicken marinades in it overnight). So it world be wise to try those oils with this spec setup. Other than that, the recipe is surprisingly spot on.
      To the thread poster, your pallet or general culinary knowledge is superb!

      - Drew on November 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Chipotle doesn’t give much dressing and I am in love with it so I had to find out how to make something very similar and came across this recipe. I think I like this more than the original. It’s very delicious. I just made another double batch. Thank you for the recipe!

    - Deanna on August 14, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is amazing!!! I like it better than Chipotle’s vinaigrette. Thanks for saving me the drive across town, and the money I’d spend buying a salad from them.

    - Annie G on August 7, 2014 Reply
  • I picked up the ingredients this weekend to make this but forgot the fresh garlic. can you substitute with garlic powder?

    - nicole on July 21, 2014 Reply
  • Curious why vegetable oil instead of olive oil?

    - Berit on July 17, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Berit, I did test this recipe with olive oil as well but found the flavor too overwhelming. I much preferred a mild-tasting oil.

      - Jenn on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a great dressing!! I like to go a with one chipotle pepper with a little of the juice from the can. I like it spicy, but not too spicy.

    - Berit on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my new favorite salad. It is a perfect blend of flavors. The dressing seems a bit spicy when you taste it but it calms down once it is mixed in with the veggies and beans. The dressing is perfect! I wanted to use up the chilies so I made an extra batch and used it for fish tacos! Fabulous. And also excellent with chicken breasts! It is super easy to make and adds a southwest flavor to any dish. Also a little bit goes a long way!!

    - Annie on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have been keeping this dressing in my refrigerator ever since I first made it (about 2 months ago). It is delicious and has become my “go-to” salad dressing.

    - Dani Crichton on July 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a wonderful dressing! I made it exactly as stated in the recipe, but next time I might try adding another chipotle pepper since my family likes food HOT! We used the dressing in a salad with grilled chicken, greens, corn, scallions, avocado, and black beans. Superb! My picky son only eats salad with 2 different types of dressings, and this is one of them. Jen, thanks for helping my son become a salad eater.

    - Mimi on July 2, 2014 Reply
  • Your Copycat Chipotle Vinaigrette recipe was amazing! My husband was so impressed that it tasted so similar to the actual salad dressing. This recipe will now be a family staple. Thank you!

    - Candace on July 2, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    AMAZING! Tastes just like the original! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Dina on July 1, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dressing is amazing!! It tastes even better than the original. I made it tonight and flipped when I tasted it. The only change I made was using olive oil in place of vegetable oil. Thank you so much for the recipe! I will be putting this on everything!

    - Marie on June 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love Love Love it…thank you so much

    - Betty on June 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Oh I love this salad dressing! It is good right away but even better 24 hours later. Thank you!

    - Alison on June 23, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dressing is amazing! I made the most delicious salad for dinner: romaine, black beans, fresh corn, avocado and grilled chicken. I can’t wait to make it again – thanks for an awesome recipe!

    - Kelly S on June 3, 2014 Reply
  • OMG, I just made this recipe and it is Ssooooooooo good! Thank you thank you!
    Side note: I also looked up the ingredients on the chipotle website so I added just a little bit of cumin, but I’m not sure how much it changed the taste.

    - Chandra on May 23, 2014 Reply
  • Wow! I used thid delicious dressing on the cole slaw for fish tacos. Best ever!!!

    - Sharon on May 10, 2014 Reply
  • I am 100% addicted to this dressing.

  • Yippee! I’ve been searching the web to see if someone had figured it out……and my favorite recipe site/blog has it! YOU! There is nothing you can’t do! I LOVE all of your recipes. Thanks.

    - Erin on March 17, 2014 Reply
    • Thanks so much, Erin! I hope you like the dressing — I have been putting it on everything :)

      - Jenn on March 18, 2014 Reply
    • Thanks, Erin. Let me know how it compares :)

      - Jenn on March 20, 2014 Reply
  • Do you drain the peppers or add all of the sauce?

    - Wendy on March 12, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Wendy, Just the peppers; don’t worry if there is some sauce clinging to them but don’t add any additional sauce from the can. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on March 12, 2014 Reply
  • This looks great… but how spicy is it? I usually use a chipotle chili to flavor an entire roast or batch of black beans, so I’m surprised to see two in this recipe! I don’t mind the spice, but my kids can only handle a small amount.

    - Monica on March 12, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Monica, It’s spicy but not super spicy; my 10-year-old loves it. But if you’re concerned, definitely start with one pepper and add the second if necessary :)

      - Jenn on March 12, 2014 Reply

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