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Chipotle Lime Sauce (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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I am fairly new to using Chipotle chili powder but I am learning a lot about it. The powder first starts off as ripe, red jalapeño peppers that have been slowly wood-smoked.

Chipotle peppers are rich, smoky and hot (but not searing).  Commonly used to add a deep smoky flavor to traditional Mexican dishes, such as red chili sauce and a dash of chipotle is a perfect addition to everything, from sauces, kale chips and to salsas.  Remember a little bit goes a long way so be sure to use a light hand.

This dip can be used as a dip, thinned out for a dressing, or you can even take the dip and coat kale chips with it.


Yields 2 cups

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder


  1. It is important to soak the cashews for at least 2 hours.
    • Place them in a bowl with 3 cups of warm water and let them soak for at least 2 hours.
    • This will soften them which will help you achieve a creamy sauce.
    • The soaking process also reduces the phytic acid, making it easier to digest.
    •  After soaking, drain and rinse.
  2. In a high-powered blender combine the; water, zest, lime juice, cashews, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and chipotle powder.  Blend until the sauce is creamy and grit free.
    • It is always best to add the liquid ingredients to the blender first.  This will help the blades move more freely.
  3. Keep the sauce stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 5-7 days.


13 thoughts on “Chipotle Lime Sauce (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. kathy says:

    This looks fabulous Amie Sue!! The whole Mexican theme foods do… Can’t wait to the new recipe!! Thanks for sharing :)

    • amie-sue says:

      You bet Kathy :) I crave Mexican all the time, so I really want to create some more healthy components to go with these ;0 have a wonderful weekend, amie sue

  2. Amyah says:

    I have to find a chipotle powder that is not toooo smoky… I tasted a chipotle stuff one day and it nauseate me… it was waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy too smoky. Could we use something else than chipotle, you think?…

    But… it look very good :D

    • amie-sue says:

      Well goodness, lets not use something that doesn’t agree with your system. You can always chili powder instead. :)

  3. Aminah says:

    I just made this & it is incredible!!! I have never really thought to use nuts in this way, I always use beans. I am loving it!

    • amie-sue says:

      Awesome Aminah… we learn new things everyday. :) I sure do, that’s for sure. Have a wonderful week, amie sue

  4. rhonda says:

    This turned out divine! I love smoked and spicy foods so this is amazing. I put it in the fridge, is it going to thicken up? if so what liquid should I had to it to thin it out a bit?

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Rhonda… I love the flavor combo of smoked and spicy as well. :) Yes, it will thicken as it chills. If you want to thin it you can add water or almond milk. :) Sounds like you having fun in the kitchen! Have a glorious day, amie sue

  5. rhonda says:

    Now for the taco meat!!!!!!!

  6. Danielle says:

    Hulloo amie-sue. Really loving flicking through your recipes each morning. Now I must confess, I dont like chipotle (I dont like the smoky flavour but love the heat). Do you think I could get away with using raw habaneros or should I dehydrate them first?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Danielle,

      Oh you are a brave one.. habaneros… hehe You could use them raw, just start out with a small amount and work the heat up to what you like. Keep in mind the heat could intensify as it sits too. You could also use red pepper flakes if you like that type of heat… or cayenne which is a back throat heat that come after you swallow. Keep me posted on what you use. Fun! amie sue

  7. Raquel says:

    Happy New Year!! I made this to go with the avocado “fries” recipe. In addition, I added only a half tbsp of raw agave syrup for acidic/salt balance.
    You are my raw HERO at the moment. I changed my google setting to have your site auto load when I open my computer. Lol Best of luck to you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hold on Raquel… I am going to go throw on my raw super hero spandex suit… hehe You crack me up. Thanks for coming back and sharing your experience with me/us. Great addition of the sweetness. :)

      I really appreciated your kind words tonight. A perfect way to end my day. Many blessings and please keep in touch as your travel through the recipes. amie sue

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