Chipotle Grilled Cheese

If you like smoky heat, then get ready for your new fiery go-to in the grilled cheese department. Our chipotle grilled cheese is a simple recipe, but it delivers on the smoke via those fiery chipotle peppers.

Chipotle Grilled Cheese
Chipotle grilled cheese, made with chipotle in adobo sauce

Feel free to increase the amount of chipotle (and adobo sauce) used to adjust the smokiness, heat, and general earthiness to your liking. And know, a little can go a long way in both cases. We recommend not going heavy-handed to start as the cheese and fried bread are still meant to be the stars here.

If this spicy grilled cheese hits the mark in the feel-good department, be sure to check out some of our other options like our jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich and this spicy grilled mac and cheese. For spicy food fans, these are definite favorites.

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Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Chipotle Grilled Cheese

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 396 kcal


  • 4 slices bread
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin, optional
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce from chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 chipotle pepper minced fine (from chipotle in adobo sauce)
  • Butter room temperature


  • Pre-heat a pan over medium-low heat.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, adobo sauce, and finely minced chipotle pepper. Stir well.
  • Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each piece of bread.
  • Spread the adobo/mayo sauce on two slices of bread (non-buttered side).
  • Evenly disperse the cheese across the two bread slices and top with a slice or two of red onion.
  • Top each sandwich with the remaining two pieces of bread (butter side up).
  • Place the sandwiches in the pan and grill until the bottom side is a golden brown (2 to 3 minutes), flip the sandwich and repeat – grill the bread to a golden brown (2 to 3 minutes). The cheese should be melted.
  • Remove the chipotle grilled cheese from the grill and serve.


Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 17gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1372mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 395mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, Chipotle Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 19, 2024 to include new content.
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I just use chipotle gouda and the new rage of mayo instead of butter to brown the bread