Homemade Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

Copycat Recipe: Chipotle's Honey Vinaigrette

This Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette mimics the uber-popular salad dressing served at Chipotle Mexican Grill. It’s the perfect tangy, sweet, and smoky sauce to accompany your favorite, salad, burrito bowl, or pico de gallo recipe. If you’re looking for a quick condiment that can be made using pantry ingredients, keep reading!

There are two things in this world that I refuse to do: Beg and wait in line. Sadly, I have done both at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Now, If you know anything at the popular burrito chain, you know their salad dressing is the bomb. That being said, you may also know how stingy they can be with their special sauce. Before I started making my own chicken fajita salads, I would visit Chipotle Mexican Grill weekly for my fix. My constant request for “extra dressing” made me feel shameful. Was I the only person dissatisfied by the teaspoon portion of their Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette?

I recently decided that enough was enough. My goal was to find this salad dressing recipe and make my own. You can find almost anything on the internet. Not only did I find the copycat vinaigrette recipe in seconds flat, but I  also had all of the ingredients on hand. Add this vinaigrette to this delicious 6-Ingredient Chicken Fajita Salad. 


Breakfast Jam, condiment, and sauce recipes are so quick and straightforward to make. One of the reasons I was determined to find and make this recipe was greed. I’m very greedy when it comes to my salad dressing. I know people who like to dip their salad in dressing, but I prefer a sauce-y salad.  Regardless of how you prefer your salad, this vinaigrette will make it 10x better. Adding it to other, premade salads and meals is a win also.

What is Chipotle Salad Dressing Made of?

This recipe calls for a total of eight ingredients, but I am sure you have seven of them in your pantry! The chipotle peppers in adobo sauce might be the only ingredient you need to shop for.  The salad dressing consists of the ingredients below.  Blend them until smooth for the perfect Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette.

  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Garlic Cloves (chopped)

Chipotle-Honey Homemade Vinaigrette | FAQ

  • How do you store homemade vinaigrette dressing? Once you’ve mixed all of the ingredients listed above, pour into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. * A tight lid makes it easier to shake up when you’re ready to use again.
  • How long does chipotle-honey vinaigrette last? If stored properly, this vinaigrette should last for up to four days in the refrigerator.
  • What is chipotle pepper in adobo sauce? Chipotle chiles are dried smoked jalapeños. Adobo is a tangy, slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can, and they become a versatile pantry staple.
  • What is a Chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce substitute? Mix 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or if you must – ketchup), one tablespoon cider vinegar, one teaspoon chipotle powder (or smoked paprika/cayenne powder mix), 1/2 teaspoon cumin, a pinch of oregano, a pinch of garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Adjust these proportions to fit your recipe best.
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Copycat Recipe: Chipotle's Honey Vinaigrette

Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette (Copycat)

A simple 6-ingredient homemade vinaigrette recipe that tastes exactly like Chipotle Mexican Grill's Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette. It takes only 5 minutes to make.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 1 Cup
Calories 212 kcal


  • 6 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 whole Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 whole Garlic Cloves


  • All ingredients to mini-chopper and blend until smooth.
  • Use immediately, or refrigerate salad dressing for up to two weeks.


Keyword allergy-free, Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette, condiment, easy recipe, salad dressing


4 thoughts on “Homemade Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

  1. 5 stars
    I’d been waiting to get to the store and purchase the ingredients for this. I wanna eat it now on my chicken bowl but I’ll wait until lunch tomorrow! It was a little too spicy for me but I just added an additional tablespoon of honey and that mellowed it out.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    1. This is such a great and honest review. I need to update the post with a spice level note. Can’t wait to hear what you think tomorrow!!!

  2. 5 stars
    So when I realized this was the copycat to a dressing I loved and haven’t had in a while. I couldn’t wait to make it. I almost picked up Goya chipotle peppers but remembered they are cancelled in my kitchen. HEB has a San Marcus brand 3.5 oz can that worked just fine and it had about 3 peppers which was perfect for this recipe since I only needed 2. Y’all when I tell you this dressing is the bomb. I made a fajita steak salad and poured this on top and was in heaven. Now I have left over dressing for the week. So I’ll be having salads this week. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I really enjoyed how this dressing came out.

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