Chipotle Marinade

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Inspired by the smoky, spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine, this chipotle marinade is perfect for adding a punch to your shrimp, chicken, and steak. Coming together in just minutes, I love having this on hand for busy weeknights.

Blended orange chipotle marinade in a container with spoon.

Whether you’re prepping for a weekend BBQ or just spicing up a weeknight dinner, this Chipotle Marinade is your new go-to. It’s quick to make, uses simple ingredients, and delivers a taste that’s anything but ordinary.

If you love this recipe check out my Jamaican Green Seasoning or Cilantro Lime Sauce.

Ingredients for this recipe

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce– I love using chipotle peppers for that smoky, spicy kick. If you’re not into too much heat, just use 2-3 peppers from the can. Trust me, it packs a punch!

Lime Fresh lime juice adds a bright, tangy element that perfectly balances the spice. Plus, it’s always a good idea to have some citrus to brighten up the flavors.

Olive Oil– Olive oil helps to coat the meat and enhances the overall flavor. It’s like a silky, flavorful hug for your protein.

Coriander– Coriander brings a warm, citrusy flavor that compliments the chipotle peppers beautifully.

Honey– A touch of honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness to balance the heat. It’s that little secret ingredient that takes the marinade to the next level.

Salt– Don’t forget the salt! It enhances all the flavors and brings everything into harmony.

The full written recipe with measurements is below on the recipe card.

How to make chipotle marinade

Blend chipotle peppers, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, coriander, honey, and salt until smooth. I like to use a food processor for this but a blender works fine as well. This marinade lasts up to 5 days in the fridge in an air tight container.

Pour it over your protein (shrimp, chicken, or steak) and marinate before cooking. I like to marinate at minimum 1 hour and up to 24 hours. This smoky and spicy marinade is perfect for grilling and adds a burst of flavor to any dish.

Can I freeze chipotle marinade?

Yes, you can freeze this. Store it in an airtight container, and it will last for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator before using it.

How long should I marinate meat in this marinade?

For the best flavor, marinate your meat for at least 24 hours. This allows the marinade to deeply penetrate and infuse the meat with its bold flavors. But 1 hour will do if you’re short on time.

What can I use chipotle marinade for?

You can use this marinade for shrimp, chicken, steak, and even vegetables. It’s versatile and adds a smoky, spicy kick to any dish.

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Blended orange chipotle marinade in a container with spoon.

Chipotle Marinade

By August DeWindt
This chipotle marinade can be prepped ahead of time and used on any protein for super a convenient and insanely delicious dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 7 ounce can! use only 2-3 of the peppers if you don't want it too spicy, it will be spicy if you blend up all the peppers
  • Lime, juiced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  • This will last up to 5 days in the fridge. I like to pour it over a protein and let it marinate for 24 hours then cook. It’s great on shrimp, chicken and steak.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: August DeWindt
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 354
Keyword: marinade, marinate, Quick and easy
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  1. I have to try this. I want to make all the things on the menu. I heard they are super easy to make.