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This chipotle vinaigrette tastes exactly like the chipotle honey vinaigrette from the beloved Chipotle restaurant. It’s sweet from the honey, smoky from the chipotles in adobo, and tastes just like the dressing at Chipotle.

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If you’re wondering “does Chipotle sell their vinaigrette?”,  sadly the answer is no, but luckily we’ve got this copycat recipe that’s just as good, maybe better! Pair it with chipotle corn salsa for the ultimate combo on your salads or burrito bowls.

I am obsessed with Chipotle’s Honey Vinaigrette dressing. I’m guessing you’re a fan of Chipotle mexican grill too since you landed here! I always order a salad and the dressing is my favorite part. 

I was craving the dressing when we made BBQ chicken salads and I wanted to make my homemade vinaigrette. The smoky flavors from and the sweetness from the honey makes the most delicious sauce to top salads or burrito bowls.

chipotle vinaigrette covering a salad with romaine, black beans, and avocado

About this Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

This chipotle honey viaigrette is the real deal. It tastes just as good, if not better, than the Chipotle version. It’s perfectly tangy, like a vinaigrette should be, with a little bit of sweet, and a little bit of smoke. All of the flavors balance together so well! It uses basic vinaigrette ingredients and a simple technique to mix everything together.

Skip slowly whisking in oil to emulsify the dressing and use a blender or lidded jar to shake the ingredients until blended.

Honey is a common emulsifying ingredient, which helps combine oil and vinegar together. Emulsifying means to mix two ingredients together that don’t mix easily, like oil and vinegar.

Adding an emulsifier like honey, mayo, or even dijon, like this fresh herb vinaigrette, makes the two blend well.  This Serious Eats article about the point of a vinaigrette, explains it well!

Is Chipotle’s Honey Vinaigrette healthy? Although the calories in the Chipotle vinaigrette are somewhat high, it’s made of quality ingredients. I love making it at home because you can control the ingredients and amounts. Chipotle’s version is made with rice bran oil and a good amount of honey, but this recipe is made with olive oil and less honey to make it healthier.

a jar of homemade chipotle honey vinaigrette next to fresh limes

Ingredient Notes

Here’s a list of what Chipotle uses in their restaurant version, as well as our copycat chipotle vinaigrette.  They’re all easy to find at the grocery store!

honey, oil, chipotles in adobo, limes, and mexican spices on a countertop
  • Olive oil: I like to use light olive oil or a good quality EVOO in dressings because they’re the base and you can really taste them. Avocado oil is also really light and great quality.
  • Red wine vinegar: this is what Chipotle uses in their recipe and it is full of acid so it balances out the oil really well and gives the dressing a tang. You could use apple cider vinegar wf you have that on hand.
  • Honey: it’s in the name of the recipe after all! This gives the dressing sweetness but could be swapped for maple syrup, agave or omitted for a whole30 option.
  • Chipotle in adobo sauce: these chipotle peppers come in the can and add so much spice and smoky flavor. Add more chipotle chiles if you want a deeper flavor.
  • Garlic: fresh garlic is best but you could also use garlic powder.
  • Lime juice: this also adds acid, but also gives it a real Mexican flavor.
  • Spices: oregano, cumin, salt and pepper combine round out the flavor and spice. They really add so much to this dressing!

What to do with leftover chipotle’s in adobo: make these Instant Pot chicken tinga tacos!

How to make Chipotle Vinaigrette

This is an overview with step-by-step photos, to make this honey chipotle salad dressing. Full printable instructions are in the recipe card below.

Step 1. Add the Ingredients to a Blender

Measure out all of the dressing ingredients and place them in a high-speed blender or food processor.

chipotle honey vinaigrette ingredients in a blender

Step 2. Blend Until Smooth.

Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until it’s completely combined and the chipotles are broken down.

Success tip: Taste test the dressing and add more spices if needed. You can add another chipotle in adobo if you want a deeper, smoky, spicy flavor. Blend again if needed.

chipotle vinaigrette in a blender

Step 3. Store or Serve

Serve over your favorite salad or store in a mason jar in the fridge for later. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week.

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Recipe FAQ

How much sugar is in chipotle vinaigrette?

There are 5g of sugar in this chipotle vinaigrette recipe, while the restaurant version has closer to 10g per serving.

How many calories are in chipotle honey vinaigrette?

There are 220 calories in 1 (2 ounce) serving of the dressing at Chipotle and 210 calories in this homemade version.

Can you make it keto?

One (2 ounce) serving only has 6 net carbs, but you could reduce that amount by leaving out the honey or swapping with a keto sweetener.

Ways to Use Chipotle Vinaigrette

Vinaigrettes aren’t just for salads! In fact, this Serious Eats article is all about the ways to use a vinaigrette beyond salads.

pouring chipotle honey vinaigrette over a salad with avocado, romaine, peppers, and black beans

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Copycat Recipe: Chipotle’s Honey Vinaigrette

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Make a batch of this chipotle honey vinaigrette and look forward to your salads all week! It’s sweet from the honey, smoky from the chipotles in adobo, and tastes just like the dressing at Chipotle.

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Servings: 7 (1-2 ounces per serving)


  • 2/3 cup olive oil (sub avocado oil/vegetable oil— Note 1)
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 chipotle in adobo + 1 teaspoon of the sauce (more or less to desired spice level)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Add all of the dressing ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until it's completely combined and the chipotles are broken down. Alternately, mince the garlic and shake everything vigorously in a lidded jar.
  • Taste test the dressing and add more spices if needed. You can add another chipotle in adobo if you want a deeper, smoky, spicy flavor. Blend again if needed.
  • Serve over your favorite salad or store in a mason jar in the fridge for later.
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!


Note 1. Oil: Chipotle uses rice bran oil in their recipe. We chose to use olive oil or avocado oil for added flavor and nutritional reasons, but rice bran, canola oil or vegetable oil will work too.
Chipotle in Adobo: we’re only using a few in this recipe, so use the rest to make sheet pan shrimp fajitas, white bean vegetarian chili, Instant Pot chicken tinga, or spicy chicken chipotle pasta. You can also flash freeze them on a sheet pan and then store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Storage: Store leftover dressing in an airtight container for 7-9 days. A wide-mouth mason jar with a lid is one of our favorite ways to store dressings and marinades. These chipotle peppers have a strong pigment so choose a container that won’t stain. This is why we love a glass container!



  • High speed blender or food processor


Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 21.4g | Sodium: 1.5mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 5.1g

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

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Where can you get chipotle dress at

  2. Constance says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never had the Chipotle version, but this was delicious! I’ll keep it in my salad dressing rotation.

  3. Wendy Wiggins says:

    5 stars
    I made a keto version of this today by using Choc Zero honey. It turned out great!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Sounds great, Wendy!

  4. Barbra Broidy says:

    Hi, haven’t made this yet but planning on it soon…is there a specific kind of honey that you recommend? I have orange blossom, Manuka, wildflower and raw berry. Thank you!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      We use standard raw honey!

  5. Jessica Snipes says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe. I make a big batch of it and the freeze it into smaller portions till I need it.

  6. gabe guerra says:

    I do not see any portions for the ingredients.

    Please help

  7. Deanna says:

    5 stars
    How long can you keep it for in the fridge. ?