Chipotle Cocktail Sauce

Like a little smoky edge to your sauces? Don’t ignore what chipotle peppers can quickly bring to the table, particularly in simple ketchup-based sauces like cocktail sauce. This chipotle cocktail sauce brings plenty of horseradish spiciness but adds an earthy, smoky zip via chipotle in adobo sauce. It’s a bold combo that’s perfect for those that believe everything tastes better when it’s a touch smoky.

Fiery and smoky chipotle cocktail sauce

Try it with a shrimp cocktail or fried shrimp. You can also use it as a dip for chips, as a fiery, tangy dressing for salad, or even as an ingredient for Bloody Marys. The smokiness adds a nice touch to the cocktail.

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Chipotle Cocktail Sauce

Chipotle Cocktail Sauce

Tangy, smoky, and fiery
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 6 servings
Calories 39 kcal


  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 chipotle peppers from chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish


  • Mash the minced chipotle peppers (from chipotle in adobo sauce) until smooth like a paste.
  • Combine the ketchup, chipotle mash, lemon juice, and prepared horseradish. Stir well.
  • Serve immediately, or for best flavor refrigerate the chipotle cocktail sauce for 2 to 4 hours prior to serving (to allow the flavors to meld).


Concerned about heat? Use only one chipotle pepper in the recipe, though this also removes some of the smokiness. Consider adding a little extra adobo sauce to the mix to add some extra earthiness.


Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.05gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 265mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, Chipotle Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on February 7, 2023 to include new content.
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