Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing

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Discover the perfect harmony of sweet, smoky, and spicy flavors in our tantalizing Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing! Imagine a symphony of chipotle peppers, tangy red wine vinegar, and golden honey, all dancing together to create a sauce that’s not just for salads. This versatile dressing elevates everything it touches, from marinated meats to grain bowls and sandwiches. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this irresistible blend of heat and sweetness.

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Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing

Ingredients & Substitutions

Red Wine Vinegar: Red wine vinegar serves as the tangy foundation for this dressing, imparting depth of flavor.

Chipotles in Adobo Sauce: These flavorful peppers give the dressing its smoky and slightly spicy kick. Look for canned chipotles in the Latin foods section of your local grocery store.

Honey: A touch of honey adds sweetness to balance the heat from the chipotles and the acidity from the vinegar.

Oregano: Dried oregano contributes a savory and earthy essence to the dressing. If using fresh oregano, substitute with 3/4 to 1 teaspoon. While the flavor may vary slightly, it will still be delicious!

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil forms the base of the dressing and aids in emulsifying the other ingredients, resulting in a smooth and cohesive texture. Add the oil slowly and gradually to ensure proper emulsification. Adding it too quickly may prevent the liquids from combining effectively.

Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing

How To Use Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing

In addition to replicating Chipotle’s famous recipes like chicken and tacos, this versatile dressing can be used in various ways:

  • Use it as a salad dressing over your favorite greens.
  • Drizzle it over bowls of rice, quinoa, or other grains for a flavor boost.
  • Marinate chicken, beef, or shrimp in the dressing before cooking or grilling. Allow the protein to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Spread the dressing on sandwich bread or wraps for a zesty condiment.
  • Serve it as a dipping sauce for a vegetable tray.

How To Store Honey Chipotle Dressing

Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 5 days. Shake or stir well before each use.

Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) red wine vinegar
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) water
  • 3 tablespoons chipotles in adobo (about 1-2 peppers with sauce)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 109 g (½ cup) vegetable oil


  1. In a blender, combine red wine vinegar, water, chipotles in adobo sauce, honey, salt, pepper, and oregano. Blend until smooth.
  2. With the blender on low speed, slowly drizzle in the vegetable oil until the mixture emulsifies and thickens.
  3. Transfer the dressing to a container with a lid and refrigerate.
  4. Store the dressing in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Spicy Honey Chipotle Dressing

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