Copycat Subway Chipotle Sauce Recipe

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Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce can be made at home in about 5 minutes with just a few simple ingredients. This creamy, delicious sauce is the perfect way to add zesty flavor to a sandwich, hamburger, taco and more.

Cup of sauce and sandwich.


I have enjoyed recreating some of my favorite sauces like Taco Bell’s cheese sauce, Chick-Fil-A Polynesian sauce, Arby’s sauce and Wingstop ranch to serve with meals at home. It’s a great way to bring flavor and a little piece of a restaurant to many dishes.

If you have ever visited a Subway restaurant you probably know there are many different Subway sauces to choose from when you are constructing a sandwich. But if you really want to spice up your sandwich, this chipotle southwest sauce adds the perfect amount of flavor and heat.

Southwest Chipotle Sauce ingredients

  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – You will find these in a can usually in the international aisle of most grocery stores. They are typically sold in 7 oz cans so you will only need half of the can.
  • Mayonnaise – This is the base that gives the sauce a creaminess.
  • Sour cream – Adds a little extra tang and creamy texture.
  • Ranch seasoning – Ranch seasoning mix is the secret that separates this Subway sauce from others.
  • Fresh lime juice – Lime juice bright flavor and balance to the chipotle sauce.
  • Sugar – Adds a balance to the heat.
  • Garlic powder and salt – A little extra seasoning that brings the flavors together.

Tips and Variations on this Copycat Subway Chipotle Sauce

  • I recommend letting the sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors really come together.
  • Want a super spicy sauce? Add an extra chipotle pepper to the mixture. Don’t want it as spicy, add an extra 1/4 cup mayonnaise.
Bowl of mayo, lime juice, chipotles, sour cream.

How to make this Southwest Sauce Recipe

It’s super easy to make this delicious sauce. All you need to do is blend the ingredients together until they form a creamy sauce.

  1. Place chilis in adobo, mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch seasoning, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder and salt in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until the sauce is combined and becomes a smooth consistency.
  3. Store in a bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Bowl of chipotles, sour cream, mayo, sugar, ranch, garlic powder.

How to use this Southwest Sauce

  • Spread – Spread on sandwich bread, hamburger buns, wraps and more.
  • Dip – This works as a delicious dip for vegetables, chips, fries and even onion rings.
  • Drizzle – Try adding a drizzle of this sauce to nachos, tacos, and quesadillas.

How to store Subway Southwest Sauce

Store: Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container like a jar or a squirt bottle. The bottles make it easy to squeeze onto a sandwich or something else. This sauce will last for about 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator.

Extra peppers: Since we are only using half of the chipotle in adobe sauce can, you can store the extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week. You can also put them in a freezer safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months.

Sandwich with sauce.

Chipotle Southwest Sauce FAQs

What are chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

Chipotle peppers in adobo are the key to this homemade sauce. Chipotle peppers are actually smoked and dried red jalapenos. The adobo sauce is made from dried chili peppers. It’s a smooth sauce that’s a little sweet and tangy.

What does chipotle southwest sauce taste like?

This sauce has a creamy texture with a tangy, spicy flavor.

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Orange color sauce in a cup.
5 from 2 votes

Subway Southwest Sauce (Copycat Recipe)

By Heather Seeley
Subway chipotle southwest sauce is a creamy, slightly spicy sauce perfect for a sandwich and much more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Blender or Food Processor


  • 3.5 oz chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until combined.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.



  • I recommend letting the sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors really come together.
  • Want a super spicy sauce? Add an extra chipotle pepper to the mixture. Don’t want it as spicy, add an extra 1/4 cup mayonnaise.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1023mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1263IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I have worked for Subway for years and never really cared for the Southwest (Baja) sauce. I decided to give this a shot and to me it is sooo much better!! Will definitely be making again.