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Chipotle honey vinaigrette in a dressing jar.

Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette (Copycat)

That smoky-sweet Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette you love and crave, now made in your own kitchen with easy pantry ingredients. Your new favorite salad dressing!
Course Pantry
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 16 servings (2 tbsp each)
Calories 206kcal


  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin ground
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil or rice bran oil (see notes)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a food processor or blender, combine red wine vinegar, honey, adobo sauce, water, cumin, garlic powder, and oregano. Turn on the processor.
  • With the motor still running, drizzle in the oil until the salad dressing comes together and emulsifies. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1 tablespoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper). Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


You can use either Italian or Mexican oregano. They have different flavors (Mexican oregano tastes more like marjoram) but both taste great in this recipe. Feel free to use whatever you have.
Adobo sauce: You can get adobo sauce from cans of Chipotle peppers or you can purchase a jar of just adobo paste (La Costeña makes one). Substitute about 3 tablespoons of paste + 1 tablespoon water.
Rice Bran oil: Chipotle uses Rice Bran oil in all of their products. Olive oil is more widely available (probably already in your pantry) and works equally well, especially if it has a neutral taste.
Adapted from Chipotle's ingredient statement.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg