Sour Cream Chipotle Sauce

sour cream chipotle sauce

Every food market we ate at during our home exchange to The Netherlands, had a similar theme: sauce.  I loved how no matter what we ordered, they had a sauce to put on top of it.  Fried kibberling?  Yes, please.  French fries?  Why, yes, please.  When presented with your food, the market attendant would loudly ask, “Sauce?” As in, you want it, right?  And, it’s pronounced “Sow-sss?” in case you travel there and eat at one the many food markets.

Whenever I make this sour cream chipotle sauce, we always say, “Sow-sss?” with our best Dutch accents.  You’ll want this on whatever you’re serving, too.  It’s great on chili, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and cut up vegetables.  I make it with low-fat sour cream but you could use plain yogurt instead.  Goat cheese is another alternative here as well.  Process your chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, first, so you’ll have them ready for mixing into this recipe.

sour cream chipotle sauce

Sometimes I make this sauce with just sour cream, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and onion, if that’s all I have on hand. It’s still good.

Sour Cream Chipotle Sauce
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 10-12
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Perfect for dipping tortilla chips into or adding to a burrito. It's a creamy alternative to salsa - or an addition! Either way, you'll love this.
  • 16 ounce (1 pound/454 grams) sour cream
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, processed
  • 1 Tablespoon onion, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped (measured after chopping)
  • salt to taste
  1. In large bowl, place sour cream (keep the sour cream container handy, you’ll reuse this)
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to bowl
  3. Stir and adjust seasoning as needed
  4. After serving, put sour cream chipotle sauce back in your sour cream container to store, covered, in refrigerator
You can add more chipotle peppers in adobo sauce if you really like to spice things up but add slowly. You can always add more but you can’t take away.

You can add more chipotle peppers in adobo sauce if you really like to spice things up but add slowly.  You can always add more but you can’t take away.

sour cream chipotle sauce

I like Daisy brand sour cream.  It has the least amount of ingredients and the light version is very tasty.

sour cream chipotle sauce

If you’re headed to The Netherlands, my favorite market was the “Kaas Market”  or cheese market, in the town of Gouda, The Netherlands.  Thursday is the day to go and you won’t want to miss it.

What’s your favorite sauce?  Do you have a go-to favorite?

Go Gingham related links:

Homemade tortilla chips – yes, this dip is good with these!
BBQ sauce that you can add these peppers to
Corn and black bean salad chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are in this recipe
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and how to process them can be found here
Spices in the kitchen


Sara, creator of Go Gingham, writes about real food, green living, and a healthy lifestyle - on fewer resources. She loves gingham - but tries to keep that in check.


  1. Mmmm. . .that looks yummy. I can’t do dairy, but I bet it would be just as creamy and delicious if made with silken tofu with a bit of extra lime juice for tang. (Silken tofu is rather bland. When I substitute it for something like sour cream I add some lemon or lime juice and a bit of salt.)

    1. Lili, you could definitely use Silken tofu in this recipe. It is rather bland so you may want more onion or chipotle peppers in it, too. Please let me know how it turns out!

  2. This is making my mouth water! I want to try it – hope it isn’t too spicey!

    1. It’s not too spicy – I promise but you can make it more spicy if you’d like. Please let me know how it turns out!!

  3. My mouth is watering… My hubby will love this. And I’m pretty sure he and I would polish this off in no time on just about anything!

    1. Kerry, yes, it’s that good! I hope you’ll try it…thanks for leaving a comment.

  4. This sounds amazing! So glad I planted so many varieties of pepper this year. Between this and the hot sauce recipe posted today by Frugally Sustainable, I’ll have lots more uses for them this winter.

    1. I’ll have to check out that hot sauce recipe! A good sauce can really add a nice layer to a home cooked meal and this one is really easy. Thanks, Heidi!

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