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


  • 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


  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

  • 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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    • 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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  • This was SO. YUMMY! We made ‘at-home Chipotle’ bowls and burritos, so this was the perfect topping. How long do you think it would last in the fridge? Thanks for sharing!

    • — Joy on April 27, 2020
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    • So glad you liked it! It will last in the fridge for 4 – 5 days.

      • — Jenn on April 28, 2020
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  • We are OBSESSED with this recipe! Have made it twice in the past week already. Better than chipotle! Thank you!

    • — Emily K. on March 4, 2020
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  • My new favorite salad dressing!

    • — Lisa C on February 11, 2020
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  • Love this recipe so much! Even better than Chipotle’s! I make it every few weeks and use it on my own homemade burrito bowls for lunches. Sooo good!!!

    • — Nicole on February 11, 2020
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  • I have never had chipotle’s version, but I loved this one! And I love that I didn’t have to use expensive EVOO!

    • — Gail on January 14, 2020
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  • Tastes amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • — Jordan on January 10, 2020
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  • Fantastic!! My new go to chipotle dressing, only changes I made due to what I had on hand, was I subbed the honey for some organic bourbon maple syrup and used MCT oil instead of the vegetable oil. Drizzled on our Mexican quinoa and steak bowls…delish!
    I never use a whole can of chipotle peppers, so I keep the extra in freezer to use as needed

    • — Kelly on January 1, 2020
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    • Was going to ask this….how to sub the veg oil. Great idea. I wonder if avocado oil would work too…

      • — Zachary C Mann on January 9, 2020
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      • Hi Zachary, I like vegetable oil here because it’s got such a neutral flavor, but I think avocado oil would work as well. Hope you enjoy!

        • — Jenn on January 9, 2020
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      • Used avocado oil today in place of vegetable…worked wonderfully!

        • — Jordan on January 10, 2020
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  • Wow! This is so good. Lots of flavor but not very spicy. It’s so easy to make that I’ll be making this a lot!

    • — Susan on November 7, 2019
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  • How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • — Carol Fama on October 18, 2019
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    • Hi Carol, It keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 20, 2019
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  • Tastes even better than the chipotle version! I’m in love!

    • — Cynthia on October 8, 2019
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  • This is my new go-to dressing! I love it. Sometimes, if I want a little extra spice, I will add an additional pepper or two. Thank you, Jenn.

    • — Darlene on July 18, 2019
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  • We should all try to remember that “hot” and “sweet” are very subjective terms, especially when we add the word “too” in front of either. That said, speaking for myself, this is VERY close to the original, but a bit too sweet for me. I used avocado oil and 2.5 peppers in adobo and ended up adding at least two more tablespoons of vinegar to cut through the honey and oil. I am excited to have this recipe, so thanks for your hard work!!

    • — Dranny on July 5, 2019
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  • This was great and so easy to make.

    • — Jolee on July 1, 2019
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  • Why is mine so spicy?! Did I add too much of the chipotle peppers and sauce? Totally on fire.

    • — Jenny on June 12, 2019
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    • Hi Jenny, Did you use 2 peppers?

      • — Jenn on June 12, 2019
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  • I love this vinaigrette!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • — Diane on June 5, 2019
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  • AMAZING!! Bursting with flavor!!!

    • — Sue on April 20, 2019
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  • I’ve never had Chipotle’s honey vinaigrette, but I found this recipe to be a bit unbalanced. Made as written, it was incredibly sweet for my taste. I added a good bit more vinegar to help balance out the sweetness, as well as an extra pepper for a bit more kick. Using it for a shrimp marinade as well as to put on a salad.

    • — Caitlin on April 17, 2019
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  • Super easy to make and full of flavor. Added it to a quinoa kale salad with flank steak and the chipotle dressing was to die for. It complimented the salad beautifully. Thank you, Jenn.

    • — Sandra on March 18, 2019
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    • Today I made it the for second time and loved it again. Now what do I do with the open can of chipotle in adobo sauce that’s left over? Any ideas?

      • — Rick on June 24, 2019
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      • Glad you like the dressing! I like to freeze the chipotles in adobo for future use. Here are some tips on how to go about it.

        • — Jenn on June 25, 2019
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  • Hello, how long will it last in the fridge unopened and when opened?

    • — Ilona on March 12, 2019
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    • Hi Ilona, either way, it will last in the fridge for 4 – 5 days. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 13, 2019
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      • This recipe is a keeper! It tastes exactly like Chipotle’s salad dressing! So delicious. I used Avocado oil instead of vegetable oil. I also wanted a little more heat so I used 31/2 adobo peppers and approximately 1 tsp of adobo sauce. WOW!!! The flavor was amazing. Thank you for sharing.

        • — Anita on May 5, 2020
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    • I put my chipotles in adobo sauce in a sealed “Tupperware-type” container. They last a very long time in the fridge. Much like pickles.

      • — Molli on April 21, 2020
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  • Love this recipe, but had trouble with oil/vinegar separation, so I added one teaspoon of Dijon mustard and used my immersion blender to emulsify the mixture. I am happy to say it worked perfectly and did not change the flavor profile.

    • — Barbara on March 3, 2019
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  • This is an awesome dressing that I used with a chicken tostada salad but it’s so good you could use it with anything! It has the right amount of tanginess, spice and smokiness from the adobo peppers. Thank you Jenn for all the work you put into these recipes!

    • — Kim on February 23, 2019
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  • This is amazing, and tastes just like Chipotle’s dressing! Has anyone ever subbed out the honey for something to make it lower cal/carb? Splenda maybe?

    • — Hannah on February 6, 2019
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  • This dressing came out GREAT! Taste better than the restaurant dressing I added 2 more chipotle peppers and it was wondeful.

    • — Melissa J on January 25, 2019
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    • I love this salad dressing. I make it a lot. It is better than the chipotle dressing. Thank you, this is the best copy cat recipe I’ve ever made.

      • — Ellen Eckhouse on August 11, 2019
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  • This stuff is so good! I made a batch to drizzle over veggie and protein bowls. I swear it pairs well with ANYTHING!!!

    • — Tlh0326 on December 30, 2018
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  • OUAC recipe devotee here! While attempting to use up my can of chipotle peppers on this dressing I realized I was short about 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. As a substitute I used my precious Vom Fass Star Forest Raspberry balsamic vinegar. Had to share tweak as it turned out to be an incredible flavor combination! Chipotle and raspberry complement each other so well. Just wanted to share my find❣️

    • — Juliane McDavid on December 18, 2018
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  • It taste like the real thing. Yum yum….

  • Hi Jenn,
    Can I substitute olive oil or canola oil for the vegetable oil?

    • Hi Kim, Sure – I’d go with canola over olive oil.

      • Thanks Jenn. I used canola oil and it was delicious!

  • Delicious and so easy to make! I think this would make a tasty marinade also.

  • The dressing is sooo good and is quite close to chipotle’s dressing. Substituted with olive oil and didn’t notice any difference. I now prefer this than chipotle’s.

  • I love the vinaigrette! Can this be frozen?

    • Glad you like it! I honestly don’t know how it would freeze, so I can’t say for sure. If you do freeze it, I’d love to hear how it is when you defrost it!

  • So good! I used it as a salad dressing and as a dip for veggies. I liked it with 1 chipotle – just a touch spicy. Will make again.

  • Absolutely LOVE this recipe! No substitutions necessary. I love Chipotle’s and when I found the copycat version I thought no way will it taste close. Well, now when I go to Chipotle (way less often than before), I honestly think I like this homemade version better. I make my burrito bowls with it (rice, beans, corn, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, lettuce) and cannot get enough of it. Thank you for an outstanding recipe!

    • Same here, I don’t go to Chipotle’s much anymore. They charge way too much for their food. I can make it 25% of their cost & price, then I have free leftovers at home. Also, they are getting CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP because they try VERY HARD not to put anything in your bowls now (especially Chicken). So, we quit going, and we used to be regular customers.

    • Absolutely delicious! It is exactly like Chipotle (maybe better)! Perfect balance of ingredients. Bravo and thanks for sharing!!

      • — Jeff on July 15, 2019
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  • Fantastic Vinaigrette. I saute/grill boneless skinless Chicken Thighs. Shred or slice. Add to Tortillas with Romaine Lettuce, Sliced Radish, Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, and Habanero Jack Cheese. The dressing is so tasty with all the veggies. Tastes so good with Corn Tortillas. Excellent ,easy Lunch/Dinner. Thanks Jen. Another keeper saved to favorites.

  • Delicious! Just like chipotles maybe even better!

  • Absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Update for vegans. I made this fantastic dressing again for my vegan daughter on Mothers Day. I was out of Agave and she suggested pure maple syrup. Home run! The whole family loved it, from the youngest to me. You could not taste the maple syrup, just pure goodness.

  • I cook for several Vegan folks. Can I sub sugar or Agave for the honey?

    • Hi NeeNee, I haven’t used anything but honey here, but I suspect that agave should work. I’d love to hear how it turns out with this tweak!

      • I can recommend Agave nectar for vegans. I cook for my food pantry volunteers, soup in the winter, salad in summer. I made a Mexican type pasta salad today (think corn, black beans, celery, onions, tomatoes, small pasta) and used this super duper dressing with Agave instead of honey. Big hit! Thank you Jenn, for adding another great dressing to my repertoire. This will be great on salad, chicken, salmon whatever. Yum, yum, yum!

  • This dressing is so unbelievably delicious!

  • I am obsessed with making homemade salad dressings and I stumbled upon this recipe when looking to dress my salad that I was serving with my taco soup. OMG this is soooooo good! One of the best recipes that I have found! This will be one of my new go-to recipes!

    • — Christine Woodmansee
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  • Jenn ~ I Love this recipe ~ my family can’t believe I really made it ~ this is my go too recipe!!

  • Hi Jenn,
    This dressing looks amazing! What would you suggest for a simple salad to dress it with? I plan on making your chicken enchiladas this weekend and want a simple salad with romaine and just a few other ingredients to compliment the enchiladas. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Katy, I’d keep it simple — some options that come to mind to toss with the romaine are diced bell peppers, a bit of corn (you can use frozen/defrosted), some diced onion or scallion and avocado. Hope that helps and that you enjoy the meal!

  • Would this be good to use for a chicken wings marinade?

    • I do think that’d work well, Beatrice. Please lmk how it turns out!

  • This dressing is liquid gold! The only thing I do differently is use avocado oil instead of vegetable oil. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • My family loves this dressing. I add cilantro and at least double the recipe.

  • A very delicious and versatile dressing. Right amount of sweet, salt and heat.

  • This was the first recipe I ever made from once upon a chef. I wish I could give it more stars. I have made it countless times since, it’s my fave dressing now.

  • This is AMAZING!! Thank you so much!!

  • My coworkers and I are OBSESSED with this dressing. Went through an entire double batch in a day. Thank you!!!

  • This dressing is outstanding! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  • Jenn, you saved me from bland! I ordered a steak salad from Chipotle and AFTER I paid, they said they were out of dressing! Whaaaat???? I made your version and me and my family LOVED it! Thank you!

    • Ha! That’s happened to me before too — or sometimes they just forget to give to you. Good to have this as a backup!

  • If you are a fan of Chipotle’s salad dressing, as I am, you must try this. I keep it in the refrigerator, and I broil sliced onions and green peppers and add them to my salad for the perfect salad bowl.

  • Amazing!

  • Amazing recipe!!! Taste very close to Chipotle’s Vinaigrette dressing.

  • Delish!

  • This stuff is amazing!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    • — Darlene Anderson
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  • Wow! This vinaigrette is delicious and very easy to make. I didn’t have red wine vinegar and added rice vinegar instead. It worked deliciously as well!

  • Love it!

  • how long is this good for in the refrigerator???

    • Hi Bruce, It keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.

  • This is one of the best salad dressings I’ve ever had. Delicious and easy!

  • There’s a Mexican restaurant in Visalia, California that had this amazingly delicious “chop-chop” salad. I wanted to recreate it at home, so I looked for a recipe for a similar “chipotle vinaigrette”. I found this recipe, and it was spot on! I love it!

  • I am a fan, Jenn!
    I’ve been living in Australia for almost 10 years (I’m originally from the Bay Area in California) and I’ve been finding myself using your website a lot recently. All of your recipes I’ve tried have totally hit the spot for all my “American” food cravings (THANK YOU). Funny enough, I have only been to a Chipotle once and did not have this dressing but when I saw your recipe I had to make it, as it’s got those beautifully smoky chilies in it. I’m not a huge fan of sweet dressings, I prefer more of an acidic flavor, so I halved the honey and threw in an extra tablespoon vinegar for good measure. Wow!!! This is DELICIOUS!! It can be hard to get chipotles here in Melbourne but I’m seeing them more and more. I will make sure to stock up next time I see them so I will always have the ingredients for this. Thank you again for making me that little bit less homesick and thank you for sharing your treasures with us!!

  • It came out perfect. I like mines with a little more heat so I added an additional pepper. Its was so simple to make. It goes perfect with my homemade southwest salads. This recipe is a keeper!.

  • Can I sub out the vegetable oil for olive oil or similar?

    • Hi Rainee, I prefer vegetable oil for this dressing as it’s more neutral tasting than olive oil, but a number of readers have used olive oil and have been happy with the results. Hope you enjoy!

  • IM OBSESSED! Made some yesterday and I had so much salad I used it all. Had to make more tonight and have steak salad for dinner. I seriously can’t get enough!!!!!

  • THIS IS AMAZING!! It tastes exactly like chipotle’s vinaigrette, and it’s so simple to make! Wow!

  • Tried it, loved it! Used it on a salad with romaine, pork carnitas, seasoned rice and beans and grilled peppers, onion and garlic.

  • This recipe is 5 star worthy! I love Chipotle’s dressing – will not eat my bowl or salad without it. I made this and now I’ll never have to go without it again! I also used Grapeseed oil instead of the vegetable. The oil’s flavor was undetectable and the dressing tasted great! Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s delicious and will remain in my rotation of recipes for years to come!

  • absolutely perfect! only used one pepper and used grapeseed oil. could not taste the oil and the heat was perfect on my fresh green salad! thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Made this last night for a homemade salad bowl with chicken, black beans, corn and cheddar cheese. I tossed iceberg and white cabbage that I shredded fine in the food processor in this dressing and added the other ingredients right in top. Wife loved it! Would make again, thanks!

  • I loveeeeeddddd this recipe! The step by step instructions, the pictures, the taste. I went to a chipotle that was out of dressing and was determined to eat my chicken bowl WITH chipotles dressing. It was very inexpensive and fast. No prepping necessary. I’d give this recipe 6 stars if I could. Thanks so much!

  • This is a great dressing! I typically use this on a southwest salad I make of roasted corn, black beans, tomatoes, green chiles, and chicken. I mix up the dressing and add it to my salad mix and store it all mixed together for when I want it. I then add scoops of the veggie/chicken/dressing on top of the salad. Always a crowd pleaser for gatherings you are traveling to, or a great easy prep lunch.

  • This is by far my favorite receipe on this website. No substitutions needed…it’s perfect as is. It’s an incredibly close copy-cat to the dressing at the Chipotle Restaurant. It’s very spicy but not too much. The can of chipotle peppers usually has 6 – 8 peppers so I usually freeze the leftovers in plastic baggies for future use…2 per baggie as that’s how many the recipe calls for. No worries about freezer burn. You’ll make this often enough for that not to happen! Such a simple but delicious recipe. Aside from the chipotle peppers, you should have all the other ingredients on hand. Highly recommended.

  • This is without a doubt the best salad dressing!!
    I have used this for a variety of salads in addition to a mexican one and it has been delicious each time. I have also shared this recipe with family and friends.


  • It’s delicious. I used safflower oil and some of the Adobe sauce from the peppers for a little more kick. Awesome! Took some to work and it was a big hit

  • I used this to dress a kale quinoa corn sweet potato salad and also use it as a marinade for chicken thighs. My husband requests chicken in this marinade once a week. I like that it’s made with pantry ingredients.

  • I love this recipe and make it often for our Mexican night. It always makes more than we can use in a week. Can we freeze half of it to use at another time? Thanks!

    • Hi Liza, Glad you like the dressing! I honestly don’t know how this would freeze, so I can’t say for sure. If you do freeze it, I’d love to hear how it is when you defrost it! (And, you’ve probably considered this, but feel free to halve the recipe if you’re finding you have too much left over.)

      • The dressing froze beautifully 🙂

  • I make this dressing often and use it to drizzle on my lunch bowls. The bowls usually consist of brown rice and several types of organic veggies. Although I grew up on Mexican food and love spicy dishes, using two Chipolte Peppers in the dressing boosted the heat a little too much for my taste .Use one pepper and you will still taste the Chipolte flavor without being overpowered by it.

    • — Kathy Vukasovich
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  • Tastes exactly like the Chipotle salad dressing. I now make this for every taco night. Thank you Jenn!

    • One thing i have say the best Chipotle dressing i ever had.
      Thanj you.
      Sharon ,

      • — SHARON BOUCHER-HASKINS on April 20, 2019
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  • Can you use olive oil in place of the vegetable oil?

    • Hi Lori, Personally, I prefer vegetable oil for this dressing as it’s more neutral tasting than olive oil, but a number of readers have used olive oil and have been happy with the results.

  • Hi Jenn,

    I love this and ALL your recipes!! …but was wondering if there was a way to come up with this other amazing steak topper from one of our local restaurants here,…. “Angus Beef top sirloin marinated in chipotle Tabasco and roasted garlic, with goat cheese butter” They say it is a marinade on their website but it actually comes as a dolup on top of the steak. To me it just seems like they cooked the steak and put a dolup of this chipolte goat cheese topper on top and that’s it.
    Any chance you have any ideas on how this could be concocted?

    • Hi Jenn, That sounds delicious. Have you tried blending a canned chipotle chili pepper with goat cheese in a food processor? If you have a photo you could send me, I might be able to see better what it is.

  • How do I get a thicker consistency (less watery)?

    • Hi Tyler, Not sure if you used a food processor or a blender, but a blender will definitely give you a thicker finished product. I wouldn’t recommend any real changes to the recipe other than that. Hope that helps!

  • Hi! I made this and it was delicious! The brand of peppers I got was “Embassa” from Safeway, and had about 6 peppers so I made a big batch with the whole can. For anyone else planning on doing this I would definitely NOT recommend putting the remaining sauce in. It changes the flavor a bit, I think, and makes the sauce so much spicier. Aside from our burning lips, we loved it and can’t wait to have it again!

  • I loved this recipe. I used it in my own take on Chipotle’s burrito bowl here: -Jas

  • I just made this twice now, and will be making it again for my family this Sunday! Followed recipe as is and it was perfect!! I also made the other Chipotle-related recipes to make my salad bowls and all were superb as well! Thank you for sharing this, I am officially a fan of your blog and will be trying other recipes soon.

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

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

    • 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!

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • This dressing is better than Chipotle.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

    • 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:

  • 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.

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

    • 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!


  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Hi Lily, Hmmm, this is not a very sharp dressing. Did you add all the oil and honey?

  • 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?

    • Hi Stephanie, Room temp is fine 🙂

  • 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.

    • How much cumin did you use?

      • A teaspoonful. I stored it on the counter not in the fridge.

  • How longdoes this keep in the fridge?

    • Hi Al, I would say about a week.

  • 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.

  • Wondering if Olive Oil would be a good substitution for Vegetable Oil?? Thanks

    • Hi Hope, I prefer vegetable or a neutral tasting oil for this dressing; olive oil might be too strong.

    • I used olive oil and it tasted great!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • As a daily (sometimes two times a day) visitor to Chipotle – the only cheap/decent food place around my campus, I have grown pretty attached 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • Hi Linda, Yes, several! Click on this link and check out the search results:

      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.

  • 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
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  • This recipe is as close as being at Chipotle

  • 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! 🙂

  • What is the nutritional value of this fabulous dressing?

    • Hi Linda, The nutritional data has been posted underneath the recipe. Hope that helps!

      • Thank you. I didn’t see it. I had only viewed the copy I was printing.

  • 5 stars this was amazing . satisfied my soul

  • 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!

  • 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 !

  • Hi. How long will this dressing last in the refrigerator?

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


    • Hi Michele, Thank you and welcome to the site! The dressing keeps well for about a week.

      • 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!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • I have a question for the chipole pepper adobo sauce is that 2 cans tbsp or tsp

    • Hi Grace, It’s two whole peppers from the can.

  • 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.

    • Thank you, Michael! So glad you enjoyed the dressing.

  • 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!!!

  • 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 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • I picked up the ingredients this weekend to make this but forgot the fresh garlic. can you substitute with garlic powder?

  • Curious why vegetable oil instead of olive oil?

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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!

  • Love Love Love it…thank you so much

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Wow! I used thid delicious dressing on the cole slaw for fish tacos. Best ever!!!

  • I am 100% in love with 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.

    • Thanks so much, Erin! I hope you like the dressing — I have been putting it on everything 🙂

    • Thanks, Erin. Let me know how it compares 🙂

  • Do you drain the peppers or add all of the sauce?

    • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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 🙂

      • omg this was soooo good. Used 2.5 tbsp honey and was still plenty sweet for me. Next time I think I’ll put more peppers because it was surprisingly mild.

        • — Kelly on August 21, 2020
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