How to Make Chipotle Mayo for Burgers

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To make chipotle mayo for burgers, you’ll need a couple of spices, a lime, mayo, and a can of chipotles in adobo sauce.

Depending on how thick you want your sauce, and the tangy taste of lime juice, only add the lime juice sparingly until you’re happy with the consistency and taste.

Chipotle mayo is a great addition to your homemade burgers. You can add complimenting flavors to your burger, along with your chipotle mayo.

  • cilantro
  • jack cheese
  • fresh red onions
  • avocado
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • pineapple slices

To use your chipotle mayo on your burger, add it to where you would normally place your regular mayonnaise. Typically the chipotle mayonnaise would be placed on the bun, and then a layer of lettuce overtop. Your burger and the rest of the condiments would follow after to create your chipotle mayo burger.

How to Make Chipotle Mayo for Burgers

Chipotle mayo, is it spicy?

Chipotle mayo is quite spicy. You’ll only really notice the spice after eating a few bites of it; the spice won’t start immediately. Chipotle mayo is a medium spice. You can add more spice to your chipotle mayo by either adding more chipotle peppers to your mayo, or add some of the adobo sauce. Add them sparingly to not overdo the spice for your chipotle mayo.

Chipotle mayo, is it spicy?

Chipotle mayo for sweet potato fries

Chipotle mayo for sweet potatoes fries is made by using a bit of lime juice, mayo, and a couple of chipotles in adobo sauce. Blend them all together and add spices as needed. You can add cumin, paprika, smoked paprika, salt and pepper to taste to your liking. Only add the chipotles one at a time until you get the spiciness you’re looking for in your chipotle mayo for your sweet potato fries. If you overdo the spice, it can be difficult to calm the spice. Add a bit more mayo to tone down the flavor if necessary.

Chipotle mayo for sweet potato fries

How to use chipotle mayo dip

Chipotle mayo dip can be used for a number of foods including:

You can spread chipotle mayo dip on sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. To use chipotle mayo dip on tacos, use a spoon to layer the sauce on the top of the taco. Alternatively, you can use chipotle mayo dip for dipping sauce for sweet potato fries.

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How to Make Chipotle Mayo for Burgers

Step by Step Guide How to Make Chipotle Mayo for Burgers
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course condiment
Servings 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice to taste
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch paprika


  • Add all of your ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. The chipotles need to be completely emulsified to give off their spicy flavor and to make the sauce completely smooth.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe No Mayo

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Cilantro lime coleslaw recipe made without using mayonnaise is perfect for making tacos with. Typically coleslaw for tacos has a vinegar-lime base for the coleslaw making the taco tangy and very flavorful. You can use this cilantro lime coleslaw with no mayo on beef tacos, vegetarian tacos, or shrimp tacos.

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe No Mayo

The cabbage used in the coleslaw recipe can be found in one of the premade coleslaws that you’ll find in a bag in the grocery store. The coleslaw should already have sliced carrots in the coleslaw so you won’t need to add any. I find that purchasing this coleslaw is much cheaper and easier than cutting up multiple cabbage and having most of it go to waste. The coleslaw in a bag should last 3-4 days in the fridge, so that will give you enough time to use most of it up.

The best use of this Mexican slaw is for adding it to shrimp tacos. The coleslaw with cilantro lime vinaigrette goes nicely with the shrimp giving it a hint of lime flavor. It’s not too overpowering and leaves you with a fresh taste in your mouth. You can also try this citrus slaw for on top of fish tacos! The

Why does citrus go well with fish?

Fish is a salty food, and once cooked, it’s skin forms a caramelizing flavor creating a sweet taste. When you add in citrus – sour flavor, you’re getting a combination of salt, sweet and sour all at once. Citrus goes well with fish because it compliments the other flavorings and balances them out.

You can make this quick lime and cilantro slaw in only 5 minutes. Prepare it just before you’re ready to serve your tacos so your coleslaw doesn’t get soggy. I recommend serving it with some sort of salsa – try our watermelon and pineapple salsa if you’re up for a challenge!

watermelon salsa with pineapple and mango
Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe No Mayo

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe No Mayo

How to make cilantro lime coleslaw without using mayonnaise
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil extra virgin
  • pinch salt
  • handful cilantro chopped
  • 3/4 cup mixture of shredded carrots, green and purple cabbage this blend of coleslaw can be found in a bag in the grocery store


  • Mix the dressing together in a small bowl. Use a fork to really mix the oil into the lime juice and vinegar.
  • Place coleslaw into a small bowl and add cilantro. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and mix together. Serve the coleslaw immediately.
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How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste

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Typically you don’t make pizza sauce with tomato paste because it’s not necessary. Pizza sauce is usually made with crushed tomatoes/whole tomatoes (then it’s blended at the end), fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, sugar, onions, olive oil, and butter.

How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste
How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste

How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste

Step by step guide how to make pizza sauce without using tomato paste
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course condiment
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • to taste salt
  • handful fresh basil separate into leaves and stems
  • 1 medium onion cut in half
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Place olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over low-medium heat. Add in 2 cloves of minced garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
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  • Add oregano and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Place the whole can of tomatoes and juice into a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to crush the tomatoes into a bit smaller pieces. Add crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Separate the basil leaves from the stems. Add 3-4 stems of fresh basil, mix together and cook for 3-4 min.
    crushing tomatoes with a pastry blender
  • Add sugar to the saucepan. Cut the onion in half leaving the root in tact. Peel the outer layer off of the onion and discard. Place the peeled 1/2 onions face down in the sauce and cook for 45 min on low.
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  • Cut basil leaves into strips. Add the basil leaves after 45 min and cook for 5-15 min. They can turn bitter if you cook them for too long, so best to cook them for as little time as possible. Fresh basil will wilt and combine in the sauce easily using a wooden spoon to press them into the sauce.
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  • Remove onions and basil stems from the sauce using a strainer and discard. Blend the pizza sauce with a blender until smooth.
    How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste
  • Pizza sauce is ready to use.
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Can you use pasta sauce as a pizza base

You can use pasta sauce as a pizza base in a pinch. Try to add fresh basil, a little tomato paste, and a bit of sugar to thicken it up. Alternatively, you could add crushed tomatoes or fresh diced tomatoes to thicken up your pasta sauce for your pizza base.

Other uses for pizza sauce

  • Dipping sauce for garlic sticks
  • Dipping sauce for bread
  • Pizza pinwheels
  • Breadmaker pizza pretzels
  • Pizza bites
  • Pepperoni pizza pinwheels
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What is the pizza sauce made of?

Pizza sauce is made of:

  • Crushed tomatoes/whole tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Minced garlic
  • Oregano
  • Sugar
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Are pizza and marinara sauce the same?

Pizza and marinara sauce are similar, but not the same. Pizza sauce and marinara sauce are both made with whole tomatoes. Marinara sauce is pasta sauce, which typically has tomato paste in it, along with diced onions, and possibly other vegetables to make it the base of a meal. Pizza sauce has onions infused with it, and usually has fresh basil cooked in it, unlike marinara sauce.

What is the tomato sauce on pizza called?

In North America it’s called pizza sauce, or tomato-garlic sauce. In Italy, they call it marinara sauce. In North America they call pasta sauce marinara sauce. So it really depends on which area you live when deciding what to call pizza sauce.

What can I add to marinara sauce for pizza

You can add fresh basil, olive oil, butter, sugar, minced garlic, and oregano to marinara sauce to make pizza sauce.

What is the best melting cheese for pizza?

The best melting cheese for pizza is mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella cheese is creamy, thick, easy on the mouth, and has a squishy texture. The texture makes it stringy when it melts. This is due to how it’s manufactured. Mozzarella cheese is kneaded and stretched when it’s processed. That’s why you get strings of cheese coming off of your pizza when you take a slice off of your pizza. It melts effortlessly when it’s baked on top of pizza in a clay oven.

In Italy they use fresh mozzarella for their best cheese on top of a pizza. You don’t need as much fresh mozzarella on top of a pizza as regular mozzarella.

What’s the difference between fresh mozzarella and regular mozzarella?

Regular mozzarella cheese has had the majority of its moisture removed so it’s considered a low moisture cheese. Regular mozzarella cheese is dried longer, and contains more salt. It has a rubbery feel to it, and easily browns and crisps up when cooked on a pizza in a hot oven.

Fresh mozzarella is purchased with water or brine surrounding the cheese to keep the moisture content high within the cheese. Since it’s only good for about a week after production, it’s best used as soon as you purchase it. It can be vacuumed sealed and will stay good for a bit longer. The high moisture content in fresh mozzarella means that it melts and spreads, but typically does not brown. It’s consistency is much softer and can easily be squished between your fingers, unlike regular mozzarella.

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How do you thicken marinara sauce for pizza?

Thicken marinara sauce by adding fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, sugar, olive oil, and butter to make pizza sauce.

What cheese do Italians use for pizza?

Italians use fresh mozzarella for their pizza.

What makes Italian pizza different?

Italian pizza is different from American pizza because they use fresh mozzarella, olive oil on their pizza crust, and bake it in a wooden fire oven. The crust is much thinner in Italian pizza, so thin that you typically have to eat it with a fork and knife. If you go to Naples, they are famous for their pizza without pizza sauce. They use olive oil instead of pizza sauce.

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Basil Recipes that are Not Pesto

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How to use basil in recipes other than pesto?

Basil is a such a fragrant herb that adds incredible flavor to everything from appetizers to dinner ideas.

Recipe Ideas for using Basil that are not Pesto

  • Margarita Pizza
  • Prosciutto Pizza
  • Garlic pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
  • Prosciutto appetizer with apples
  • Bruschetta

Basil is such a great addition to pizza! Even if you’re not making a margarita pizza, adding basil to your favorite pizza will give it a delicious favoring!

prosciutto pizza with fresh basil and nectarines
Prosciutto pizza with fresh basil, grilled nectarines, and balsamic reduction
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Margarita pizza

Any easy way to spice up your favorite pasta dish is to add basil. Try making this garlic pasta dish topped with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. The flavor of the basil really comes out in it!

There are a ton of appetizer recipes to try with fresh basil.

Here are 2 of my favorite basil appetizer recipes.

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Prosciutto Appetizer with Apples

Flavor packed appetizer served on a sliced baguette
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 10 people


  • 100 grams prosciutto separated into long 6 cm pieces x 1 cm width
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 10 leaves basil fresh
  • 1/2 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 baguette sliced


  • Slice baguette into rounds that are ~1 cm thick
  • Brush baguette slices with olive oil
  • Toast baguette slices for 2 min on broil high in the oven
  • Remove baguette slices from the oven and set on a serving plate
  • Using a knife, apply a bit of fig jam to each of the baguette slices
  • Place 1 basil leaf on top of each of the baguette slices
  • Cut the apple in half. Cut the halves in half. Remove the seeds/center bits. Slice the apple thinly so they fit nicely on the baguette slices.
  • Place the prosciutto on top of the apple slices
  • Top with a bit of balsamic reduction


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Keyword appetizer, bread

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 2 people


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  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated


  • Place grape tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grapes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the ½ garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


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