Copycat Recipe: Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

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This chipotle honey vinaigrette tastes just like the original.


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. Toss it with romaine lettuce, beans, corn, avocado, grilled meats — or all of the above!

What You’ll Need To Make Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

ingredients for chipotle vinaigrette

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.

How To Make Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

ingredients combined in food processor

Simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor.

blended ingredients in food processor

And process until smooth. Enjoy!

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Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

This chipotle honey vinaigrette tastes just like the original.

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

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons 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: 173
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Sodium: 172 mg
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • How do I make it less thick in consistency?

    • — Kim on March 2, 2021
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    • Hi Kim, You could add a little water (just a touch at a time) until you get it to the consistency you want. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on March 3, 2021
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  • Thanks so much for creating and sharing this. Since I discovered your page we have had this dressing numerous times. Your Thai dressing is another one of our favorites. It comes together easily! Appreciate you so much.

    • — Lakshmi on February 24, 2021
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  • I’m so glad that I found this recipe because I absolutely love the Chipotle version! This is delicious!! One question, what do I do with the left over sauce that the chili peppers are in? Seems like a waste to discard it.

    • — Renecia J on February 12, 2021
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    • Hi Renecia, You can freeze it in small portions to use in future recipes. And glad you like the dressing! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 12, 2021
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  • Sooooo good! I love southwest/taco salads and have never been able to find a dressing that stacks up to Chipotle’s or other take-out dressings. Very simple ingredients and easy to make. This will definitely be a staple in my home!

    • — Zahra on February 10, 2021
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  • We made this, and it’s BETTER than Chipotle. Ours, also made in the Mini Prep Plus, did not separate during storage. Love having it here at home! THANKS!

    • — Julia in Ohio on February 1, 2021
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  • I’ve made this hundreds of times. Excellent recipe. Others on the internet call for fresh lemon or lime. I’m a fan of those but not in this recipe. If you are looking for close to authentic then this is it.

    • — Lindsey ONeal on January 31, 2021
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  • This is awesome! I always make homemade dressing but usually rotate between a couple staples. Which of course, can get a little boring. So it’s always nice to try something different and tasty!

    • — Claudia on January 29, 2021
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  • I LOVE this recipe! The flavors in this rice are spot on and the perfect side dish for taco night. I love how easy it is and the flavors. Winner.

    • — KSS on January 28, 2021
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  • This may be my all-time favorite salad dressing ever, and I’m one of those people who eats salad mostly for the dressing. I double the ingredients and add an extra chipotle pepper or two. We like spicy!!!

    • — Karen on January 28, 2021
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  • I love this recipe so much! I’ve made it so many times. It tastes just like Chipotle’s and it’s good on everything!

    • — Nichole on January 28, 2021
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  • Delicious! The reason I go to Chipotle is the Honey Vinaigrette. Love this recipe

    • — Cindy on January 26, 2021
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  • When you add the chipotle peppers, do you recommend deseeding first? Or only if sensitive to spice? Thanks!

    • — MM on January 21, 2021
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    • No need to deseed them, unless you’re concerned about the heat. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 22, 2021
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  • Quick caveat. I have not tried this recipe (as my diet is low sugar and low salt) however, I used to work at chipotle and make this everyday in bulk. One thing we would do is combine all the ingredients in a blender except the oil. As the ingredients are blending, slowly pour in the oil. This will prevent the dressing from separating before you serve it. After it sits for a while or cools in the fridge, it will separate anyway but not as much if you do the slow pour of the oil.

    • — Jimmy on January 12, 2021
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  • I, like many here, love the chipotle salad purely for the vinagriette, but I really cannot afford to spend $8+ on essentially the dressing + rice and beans. So this weekend I made a simple corn salsa of corn + lime juice + cilantro + finely diced jalapenos and red onions, cilantro lime rice (essentially white rice + lime juice + cilantro), romaine lettuce. This salad dressing was a perfect and QUICK way to get my chipotle fix on the cheap. Much appreciated!

    • — Jenn on December 20, 2020
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  • This is delicious. First batch I made was a little spicy for my family cuz they’re sissy’s so I cut back on the Adobe peppers. Love it. Thank you

    • — Nancy on December 15, 2020
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  • How long does this keep in the fridge?

    • — H on December 9, 2020
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    • Hi H, It will keep nicely for 4 – 5 days.

      • — Jenn on December 9, 2020
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  • Made it for the first time and followed the recipe exactly as written with exact ingredients. No substitutions. It. Is. Delicious. It’s definitely going in the recipe box. Now that I know how amazing this is, I will prob use a healthier oil next time like olive oil to see what happens. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • — Hannah on December 5, 2020
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  • Oh em gee!!!
    Delicious! I was looking for something tangy and spicy minus dairy..yup!!!
    Thanks Jenn!!

    • — Lynn Humphrey on November 10, 2020
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  • I love the Chipotle dressing so was searching for a recipe and found yours. I have made it about 4 times and it’s amazing and really very on point! So uniquely delicious and better than anything in the stores! Thank you!

    • — James on October 31, 2020
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  • I just made this 20 minutes ago. It is not an EXACT REPLICATE – but sooo dang good, and (maybe) even a little bit tastier! I used a bullet blender to blend everything in 5 seconds max, and I like the creamy consistency (as opposed to the more liquid-like original). I also feel a little healthier eating it, and I’m glad I have so much left over to use during the week.

    • — Jane on October 29, 2020
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  • This is SO delicious. I will often use the adobo sauce as a replacement for the chipotle peppers so that it doesn’t go to waste (or half & half). People ask for the recipe all the time when I’ve served it to them.

    • — betta from daVille on October 21, 2020
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  • To make it vegan, can we substitute agave for honey, and if so, would it be the same quantity?

    • — Dessi on September 27, 2020
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    • Hi Dessi, A few readers have commented that they’ve used agave in place of the honey and have been happy with the results. I suspect you’d use an equal amount. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 28, 2020
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  • I love this recipe! Tastes just like the real thing! I had a hard time getting the honey to blend in with everything else in the food processor, so I put it all in a sauce pan and heated it up to dissolve the honey for it to blend in. It was AMAZING!! I made Chipotle marinated grilled chicken breasts to go with it for a salad. Definitely a keeper!

    • — Glenda Woodard on September 19, 2020
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  • I have never had a salad from Chipotle, but this salad dressing is FANTASTIC. My goal is to find great homemade salad dressing. This tastes better than any bottled dressing I have EVER had.

    • — Chasity on September 15, 2020
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  • Followed directions exactly except I used 1/2 cup of vegetable oil because that’s all I had on hand, and 1/2 tablespoon of salt (trying to watch my sodium intake, although I couldn’t see anyone needing more) I also added a heaping tablespoon of the adobo sauce. It was like a concentrated version and was absolutely delicious; prefer it over the chipotle version. So happy to come across this recipe, I love their salads but the dressing is what puts it over the top. They only give you one that’s half the amount they used to put in it, and with delivery sometimes they don’t put any. Now I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

    • — MIMI on August 26, 2020
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  • I made this ahead of time for a cookout we’re hosting tomorrow, and I cannot wait to serve it to our guests! It’s SO good! Definitely saving this recipe.

    • — Allison on August 20, 2020
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  • This recipe surprised me. Better than I expected.

    • — Chris on August 9, 2020
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  • Amazing recipe! Exactly like in chipotle!

    • — Gabby on August 1, 2020
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  • I made this and did not use chipotle peppers because I didn’t have them and I had to use apple cider vinegar instead of the red wine.
    It turned out absolutely delicious!!!!

    • — Tia Toscano on June 25, 2020
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  • I make this all the time. My family loves it. Thanks!

    • — DF on June 13, 2020
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  • This is a lick the bowl clean type of dressing! It’s soooooo amazingly good!

    • — Liz S. on June 12, 2020
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  • This dressing is fantastic for Spring/ Summer salads. I used 4 Chipotles because I love the heat. My lady and I used it in Flour Tortillas stuffed with garden salad & diced Avocado. Absolutely delicious! I did add a 1/2 Tsp of Cumin. Will be my go-to dressing for the warm weather Months. Thx Jen! Another great keeper recipe from you.🌹🌹🌹

    • — Michael W. on June 9, 2020
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  • I was a little weirded out about using vegetable oil in a dressing, so I used olive oil instead, and while the dressing was very good, the olive oil taste slightly over powered everything. I made it again this week and used vegetable oil. Holy smokes is it delicious! So, for anyone questioning the oil, follow the recipe as directed and you won’t regret it. This one is a keeper!

    • — Heather on June 5, 2020
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  • Thank You Thank You Thank You…. You are a lifesaver!! I get a salad delivered from Chipotle on average twice per week and have had issues where approximately 90% of the time, they do not include dressing (even after talking to managers etc.)… and this dressing is the main reason why I love their salads so much.

    I made your recipe this evening and it not only is a great substitute but I think is even better than the real thing! My only concern is that since it is so conveniently easy to make now, that I am going to use it on everything 🙂

    • — Tony on May 30, 2020
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    • LOL – glad you like it!

      • — Jenn on June 1, 2020
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      • So good! Not a Chipotle Restaurant person, but I LOVE this dressing. I’ve made it before w/ lime and I like this version much better. Looking forward to my grilled chicken salad tonight. 😊

        • — Jenny on October 27, 2020
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        • Thank you! I did not have honey or vegetable oil, so I subbed agave and olive oil. I reduced the oil to same measurement as the vinegar. It was amazing. I may never go back to Chipotle again!

          • — Erica on January 27, 2021
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    • I came here for the exact same reason! I treat myself to a chipotle salad one a week and they just never , ever remember the dressing. I’m gonna make this and give it a try!

      • — Kathy on August 20, 2020
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    • Oh my gosh, I could have written this myself. I have even written corporate about it and asked why it is impossible for them to remember to add the dressing to the bag. I know I won’t get it unless I physically pick it up myself haha. Glad for this recipe, too!

      • — Courtney on October 28, 2020
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      • Oh my gosh!!! I literally just wrote to them complaining about it!! Whyyyy for the love of God can’t they ever remember to put the dressing in the bag?! It makes the whole salad. I’m glad someone else feels my pain… Although I wish we didn’t have to!

        • — Traci Elder on November 18, 2020
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  • Made this tonight to make a big salad with leftover chicken. My whole family loved this dressing! It will always be in my refrigerator.

    • — Leslie Leikin Jacob on May 19, 2020
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  • Yes! This recipe is spot on! We love to make our own Chipotle bowls at home, but without the dressing it’s just not quite the same….but now its perfect!!

    • — Karen M on May 19, 2020
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  • This vinaigrette is EVERYTHING!!!!! My house goes into panic mode when it’s not in the refrigerator. It’s incredible on tacos, salads, frankly anything! After a meal, we even dip our tortilla chips in it LOL

    • — Leigh on May 12, 2020
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  • YUMMY YUM YUM!!!! My college-aged son used to love Chipotle so much he took a job there during college. We were all dying for it, but being confined, I figured why not try to make it at home? I grilled marinaded thighs and served them with cilantro lime rice, black beans and a salad with your dressing which was absolutely delicious. It was just by luck that I had some left over chipotle peppers in adobo in the freezer and all of the other ingredients in my pantry. Usually I’m pleading with the kids to finish their salad, but today they licked their plates clean (my husband too)! My Chipotle-loving son gave it two thumbs up. Looking forward to trying some of your other recipes 🙂

    • — Pauline on April 28, 2020
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