You are going to want to smother this copycat Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce on EVERYTHING! A creamy and tangy sauce with a kick of heat from the chipotle, this is going to take your homemade Subway sandwiches to the next level. It takes just minutes to make and it tastes even better than the real thing! We have given it a healthier twist too.
Chipotle Southwest Sauce is the best of the Subways sauces and I will always stand by that. It goes on almost every sandwich and the combination of the spice from the chipotle and the creaminess from the mayo and ranch just works so well. We have lightened it up by swapping some of the mayo for Greek yoghurt too.
This chipotle sauce doesn't just go on sandwiches though. It works on burgers, wings and wraps and we have lots of suggestions on how to use it below.
Why you will love it
- So easy to make - This might just be one of the easiest recipes we have. Just mix a few ingredients together in a bowl and done! It literally takes 1 minute.
- Delicious copycat recipe - If you are trying to save some money and stop getting takeout, then this copycat Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce recipe will mean you can create your own Subway sandwiches at home.
- Adaptable - If you don't find Subway sauces spicy enough, then you can adapt this to add lots more chilli. Equally, you can make it milder if you prefer.
- Versatile - I haven't found any food that I don't want to smother this on yet! It also makes a really good dip.
What is Southwest Sauce?
Chances are, you have found this recipe because you love the Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce and you want to try making it yourself. But, you might not know what's in it.
The creaminess comes from mayonnaise and ranch, but we have reduced that and swapped in some Greek yogurt to make this a healthier Subway sauce. The spice comes from chipotle paste, which adds a nice smokiness too and then there is a little tanginess from the apple cider vinegar, which loosens the chipotle sauce up too.
- Greek yogurt - You can use full fat or 0% fat. Full fat will have more flavour and creaminess, but using 0% fat makes this a much lower in fat sauce.
- Mayonnaise - Again, using full fat gives the most flavour, but you can reduce the calories and fat by using reduced fat mayonnaise.
- Ranch dressing - This adds so much flavour to the sauce, and a little bit of the zesty flavour too. Want to make it even lighter? Use our Homemade Ranch Dressing.
- Chipotle paste - This is where all the spice comes from. It isn't the hottest chilli, and adds more of a smoky paprika flavour than a lot of spice, but you can adjust it to suit your own tastes. If you are looking for a chipotle paste alternative, you can use ancho paste, or a little chipotle sauce.
- Vinegar - This adds some tart flavour, which balances out the creamy and spicy flavours. It also loosens the sauce up so it is pourable rather than spreadable.
- Sugar - The sweetness added cuts through the spiciness of the chipotle. You can leave it out if you prefer, but we think it's a great addition.
- Garlic powder and Onion powder - Always good additions to a homemade sauce. Make sure they haven't been open for longer than 6 months, otherwise they won't have as much flavour.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Chipotle Southwest Sauce - Step by step
One: Put the mayonnaise, yogurt and ranch dressing into a mixing bowl.
Two: Add the chipotle, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder and onion powder.
Three: Whisk well until combined and smooth.
• If you are going to use one of these sauce bottles like we have in the photo, then you will need to blend the sauce first. Otherwise the bits of chilli from the chipotle paste get stuck in the nozzle and you can't squirt the Southwest sauce out.
• Try to let the sauce rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. This allows all the flavours to come together.
• Make sure you check that your onion and garlic powder are fresh. If they have ben open for longer than 6 months then they won't have as much flavour.
• You can use chipotle powder instead of chipotle paste if that is all you have.
• For some extra flavour, add a little dried parsley or basil.
How to use Subway Sauce
On a homemade Subway sandwich of course! We bought some soft sub rolls from the supermarket and made a tuna mayo mix (the best filling in my opinion), toasted it with cheese and layered it up with salad (and extra pickles of course) and then drizzled on this incredible copycat Subway sauce.
We also like you cut up some pita bread and cucumber and carrots sticks to dip into it. Makes a nice change from hummus. Bored of ketchup? Dip our Air Fryer Chips into this instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can store this in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. We don't recommend freezing this subway sauce.
You can use a vegan mayo and ranch alternative to make this sauce vegan.
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- 3 tablespoon 0% Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoon ranch dressing
- 2 tablespoon chipotle paste
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- Add the mayonnaise, yogurt and ranch dressing to a mixing bowl.3 tablespoon 0% Greek yogurt, 3 tablespoon mayonnaise, 4 tablespoon ranch dressing
- Add the chipotle, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder and onion powder.2 tablespoon chipotle paste, 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder
- Whisk well until combined and smooth.
- If you are going to use one of these sauce bottles like we have in the photo, then you will need to blend the sauce first. Otherwise the bits of chilli from the chipotle paste get stuck in the nozzle and you can't squirt the Southwest sauce out.
- Try to let the sauce rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. This allows all the flavours to come together.
- Make sure you check that your onion and garlic powder are fresh. If they have ben open for longer than 6 months then they won't have as much flavour.
- You can use chipotle powder instead of chipotle paste if that is all you have.
- For some extra flavour, add a little dried parsley or basil.