What’s the best vegan chipotle mayo? This vegan chipotle mayonnaise with no oil is! Learn to make my thick and creamy vegan chipotle mayo recipe. Aside from being plant based, this vegan spicy mayo is also keto, protein-packed, low calorie, low carb, and gluten free. You’ll love how this easy vegan chipotle sauce whips up in under 5 minutes!
Is chipotle mayonnaise vegan? Chipotle mayo is not normally vegan because mayo typically contains egg yolks. Luckily, you can make your own chipotle mayo vegan quite easily.
A big benefit of making mayo without eggs is that there’s no worries whether it is food safe. You don’t need to heat a raw egg yolk before blending the mayo.
In just a few short minutes, you can make this vegan version of Mexican secret sauce. It’s great on Mexican food, as well as BLTs, fries, and in a variety of other dishes. (Yes, I have lots of serving suggestions for you below!)
This spicy vegan mayo is packed with southwestern flavor. Plus, you get that smoky goodness from the chipotle peppers that you don’t get with vegan sriracha mayo.
Are you wondering at this point why not just make regular vegan mayo chipotle flavored? It’s true, you could just stir chipotle and lime into regular plain vegan mayo. However, this chipotle mayo recipe (vegan) has some pretty big nutritional benefits that you need to know about.
This is not your run-of-the-mill mayonnaise recipe, folks. This plant-based chipotle mayo really beats out the competition in both nutrition and (IMVHO) flavor.
- 📋 Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Nutrition Info
- ⭐ Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Benefits
- 🥘 Vegan Chipotle Mayo Ingredients
- 🔪 How to Make Vegan Chipotle Mayo
- 🌡️ Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Storage
- 🥪 How to Use Chipotle Mayo
- 💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
- 👩🏻🍳 Other Vegan Sauce and Dip Recipes
- The Disclaimer…
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
📋 Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Nutrition Info
How many calories in vegan chipotle mayo? One serving of vegan chipotle mayonnaise has approximately 13 calories, 0.6 grams net carbs, and 1.3 grams protein. This is for one tablespoon of this recipe (a standard serving), though many of us use 2-3 times this amount.
Please note that all vegan mayos are not created equal. The nutrition information for your vegan chipotle mayo depends on the brand you buy. Here is a nutritional comparison of the most popular vegan chipotle mayo options (per tablespoon):
|Mayo Brand||Calorie||Net Carbs (g)||Protein (g)|
|Homemade Vegan Chipotle Mayo||13||0.6||1.3|
|Follow Your Heart Vegenaise (Chipotle Mayo)||70||1||0|
|Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo (Chipotle Flavor)||100||0.6||0|
|Sir Kensington Chipotle Vegan Mayo||90||1||0|
|Only Plant Based Mayo (Chipotle Flavor)||80||1||0|
|Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo (NOT vegan)||100||0||0|
Please note that this information was correct at the time of writing and that formulations may change.
Most mayo, including homemade vegan mayo made with cashews or added oil, is high calorie. This is because mayo is typically a high fat condiment.
In my version, we’re swapping high fat ingredients for tofu. This makes my vegan mayonnaise much lower in calories, and gives you some protein.
⭐ Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Benefits
Why make homemade vegan chipotle mayo? Let's review the reasons:
- No egg yolks: The biggest food safety issue with making mayonnaise is that recipes generally call for raw egg yolks. This can put you at risk for contracting food poisoning from Salmonella. Homemade vegan mayonnaise is a lower risk way to enjoy the flavors of mayo.
- No cook: You don’t need to cook egg yolks, boil, or soak cashews or any other fussy stuff for this recipe. All you need to do is throw everything in a food processor and hit blend.
- Protein: With over 1 gram of protein per tablespoon, this vegan mayo is a good way to add a little extra protein to your meal. (I tend to slather it on, so I get a bit more than this. Haha)
- No oil: There are a lot of folks on the vegan diet who choose not to eat oil. This no oil vegan mayo is compatible with that dietary restriction.
- Low calorie: At only 13 calories per tablespoon, this might be the lowest calorie mayo alternative around. (Well, actually I’ve seen some vegan aquafaba mayos out there that may have a similar calorie count.)
- Whole foods: If you’re looking to minimize the ultra-processed foods in your diet, this recipe is a great choice. Instead of canola oil, soy oil, or other vegetable oils typically found in mayo, you’re getting minimally processed tofu.
- Special diets: This mayo recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and low carb. Aside from those on soy-free diets, just about everyone can enjoy this one.
- Delicious: This mayo alternative is really tasty! Speaking as an omnivore, it’s just as tasty as non-vegan versions, I promise.
🥘 Vegan Chipotle Mayo Ingredients
What is in chipotle mayonnaise? Here is what you need to make vegan chipotle mayo:
- Firm silken tofu (drained)
- Fresh lime juice
- Chipotle in adobo (both the chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce)
- Lime zest
- Garlic powder
- Pinch of chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper
Specific quantities of ingredients are located in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!
You need firm silken tofu for this recipe, not regular tofu. Silken tofu blends into a perfectly creamy consistency with no grainy texture. I use Mori-Nu tofu.
There’s no need to press the tofu for this recipe. However, you should drain off any liquid present in the aseptic packaging.
You can find chipotle in adobo in cans at most major supermarkets. After opening the can, freeze leftovers in ice cube trays for future use.
There’s no need for a special high-speed blender with this recipe. A regular food processor will work. You’ll also need a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor down.
I use a manual juicer and a zester to prepare the lime in this recipe. You could also squeeze the lime by hand and use a grater for the zest.
🔪 How to Make Vegan Chipotle Mayo
Juice and zest the lime. Drain the liquid from the package of silken tofu. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
If the ingredients are sticking to the sides of the food processor, stop the processor, scrape the sides down, and continue blending. A rubber spatula is helpful in scraping down the sides. You can add a little more lime juice if you feel it’s too thick.
Allow the vegan chipotle mayo to chill in the fridge before serving. Enjoy!
🌡️ Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Storage
The major downside of homemade mayonnaise recipes is that they don't last as long as store-bought mayo. You can store this vegan chipotle mayo in a covered container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. I recommend making a half batch if you know you won’t use it all.
Do not freeze your homemade vegan chipotle mayonnaise. It separates and develops an off-putting grainy texture when it thaws.
🥪 How to Use Chipotle Mayo
Wondering what to do with vegan chipotle mayonnaise? The last time I made this recipe, I slathered it on a sandwich and also served it with fries.
Here are some other ways to use chipotle mayo:
- Keto Deviled Eggs
- Inside Out Egg Rolls
- Keto Egg Salad Recipe
- Waffle Fries in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
- Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Most mayonnaise recipes would be placed in level 3, because they’re added fats. While classic mayonnaise recipes provide up to 120-130 calories per tablespoon, this is a light mayonnaise alternative.
This vegan chipotle mayo contains only about 10-20% of the calories of store bought mayo. I think it’s perfectly fine to use a generous portion of this mayo, and it provides a little protein boost. (Since it spoils more quickly than mayo from the store, you may want to use extra to prevent food waste.)
If you have a weight loss goal, I generally recommend getting your fat from whole foods rather than added fats. This means (for example) choosing avocados rather than avocado oil. Whole foods contain components like protein and fiber that can help you to feel full on fewer calories.
This vegan alternative mayo recipe is a great example of what this can look like. Instead of a typical high fat mayo, minimally processed tofu mayo bumps up the protein and drastically lowers the fat. If you regularly use this in place of traditional mayo, you will save hundreds of calories with little effort. (Woo hoo!)
You can find vegan chipotle mayo at many major supermarkets in the US, including Whole Foods, Super Walmart, and Target. You can also purchase it online through Amazon.
Yes, most vegan chipotle mayo recipes are a bit spicy. In this recipe, you can control the heat with the amount of chili powder or cayenne that you use. That said, the chipotle in adobo lends a bit of spicy heat too.
The ingredients in Kewpie mayo are soybean oil, egg yolks, water, vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard flour, yeast extract, and natural flavors. Kewpie mayo is not vegan because it contains egg yolks.
Both chipotle and sriracha are made from red jalapenos. The jalapenos are smoked for chipotle, but they are not for sriracha. That’s why chipotle mayo has a rich, smoky flavor not present in sriracha mayo.
👩🏻🍳 Other Vegan Sauce and Dip Recipes
Looking for more vegan sauces and dips? You may enjoy these:
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All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.
The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be wildly inaccurate, so please don't sweat the numbers too much.
For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats no sugar post. Let's get cooking!
Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe (No Oil Spicy Vegan Mayo)
- Juice and zest the lime. Drain the liquid from the package of silken tofu. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
- If the ingredients are sticking to the sides of the food processor, stop the processor, scrape the sides down, and continue blending. A rubber spatula is helpful in scraping down the sides. You can add a little more lime juice if you feel it’s too thick.
- Allow the vegan chipotle mayo to chill in the fridge before serving. Enjoy!