This copycat Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce recipe is smoky, rich, nutty, flavorful, and will quickly become your go-to condiment.
There are a lot of classic sauce recipes out there, but this Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce is next level. To say I’m obsessed is an understatement.
This is a copycat recipe of the Chipotle Bitchin Sauce from San Diego that went nationwide a couple of years ago.
Perfectly balanced between spice, smokiness, nutty, and salty- it’s perfect. Make a batch and have it all week to put on salad, spread on sandwich bread, and dip anything you can find into it.
This is one of those savory sauces that will quickly become your go-to everything sauce- it’s that good..
The great thing about this sauce is that you probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. All you have to do is measure and blend.
What Is Bitchin’ Sauce
Bitchin sauce is a vegan, gluten free, nut based sauce created by husband and wife duo Starr and L.A. Edwards in San Diego. They started selling their sauces out of farmer’s markets and now they are sold in stores throughout the country.
There’s the original Bitchin sauce which boasts bold lemon and garlic flavors. Other flavors include Bombay, Cilantro Chili, and Eggplant & Olive. In this post we’ll dive into the bold and smoky Chipotle Bitchin Sauce recipe.
Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce ingredients
The ingredient list for this Bitchin Sauce recipe may seem long, but the great thing is that they’re all pretty common. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry and are just minutes away from a delicious sauce.
- Raw almonds: This provides the body and lovely nuttiness for our sauce. The best part- no soaking involved! We blend these without soaking and the sauce is smooth and creamy everytime. If your blender isn’t great, feel free to soak the almonds in water for an hour or two to make them softer.
- Oil and acid: For a fat we’re going with a neutral oil like grapeseed oil. Light olive or sunflower oil are also great. For our acid, we use lemon juice and rice vinegar. If you don’t have rice vinegar, apple cider works also.
- Water: Good ol’ h2o provides the necessary liquid to blend up the nuts and other ingredients. Don’t worry- the water will not dilute the sauce at all.
- Liquid Aminos, Soy Sauce or Tamari: Liquid amino looks and tastes like soy sauce, adding salt, umami, and depth of flavor. If you don’t have it, use tamari or soy sauce.
- Nutritional Yeast: This deactivated yeast adds the lovely cheesy and creamy vibes to the sauce while still remaining 100% vegan.
- Chipotle peppers: These beautiful peppers bring a lovely smokiness, slight spice, and provide a nice red hue. You can find chipotle peppers in the canned goods section. Alternatively, you can use chipotle powder.
- Garlic: Because of course we need fresh garlic.
- Seasoning: We use smoked paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and ground cumin. The paprika adds to the color and smokiness. Cumin and onion powder help bump up the flavor as well.
How to make Bitchin’ Sauce
This sauce comes together in minutes. You will be surprised at how easy it is to make!
Unfortunately there is no getting around this one- you do need a blender or processor. Add all your ingredients and blend on high for at least two minutes.
After a couple minutes of blending, you should have a very smooth, thin sauce. Taste it for seasoning and adjust.
The sauce may appear a little thin, but bear in mind that it will thicken once stored in the refrigerator. If it separates slightly in the fridge, just give it a stir and it’s good to go.
Where To Buy Bitchin’ Sauce
Bitchin sauce is available at retailers nationwide like Target, Whole Foods, Costco, and more. You can use this handy store locator to find it available near you.
What to eat with Bitchin’ Sauce
Name a condiment- any condiment or sauce dish you can sub for Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce. Put out a snack tray of crackers, chips, and vegetables with a bowl of sauce for ultimate dipping.
Dip your chicken tenders or smear on tacos, burgers, or sandwiches. Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce is a great salad dressing. Sprinkle over greens or mix in to make an egg salad.
Lean into the chipotle feels and add this dip to a quesadilla, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, or on a taco salad.
Chipotle Bitchin Sauce
- 1 high powered blender or processor
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 – 1 ½ cup water
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil
- 3 tb liquid aminos or soy sauce or tamari
- 3 tb rice vinegar
- 3 tb nutritional yeast
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 chipotle peppers
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add more water if it’s too thick. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.