The BEST Quesadilla Sauce (Easy 5-Minute Recipe)

This is the BEST Quesadilla Sauce. Creamy & flavor-packed with just a hint of spice, this easy sauce comes together in just 5-minutes!

Quesadillas are a classic Mexican dish that can be enjoyed as either a meal or a snack. But it wouldn’t be complete without a flavorful and creamy quesadilla sauce to dip them in!

I’ll teach you how to make a delicious and indulgent quesadilla sauce at home with just a few simple ingredients.

But, it’s not just for quesadillas!

With a million different uses under its belt, this creamy sauce will enhance the flavor of everything in which it’s added. All you need is a blender or food processor and 5 minutes to whip it up!

PS – These Air Fryer Quesadillas are my absolute favorite. They’re so quick & easy!

Ingredients needed

  • Sour Cream – Regular or fat-free.
  • Mayonnaise – Regular or fat-free.
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – Look for these canned peppers in the Mexican foods aisle.
  • Lime Zest & Juice
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Salt

How to make it

  • Add all of your ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. Give it a taste to see if you need to add more salt.
  • Serve the quesadilla sauce right away or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
Quesadilla sauce in small jar next to serving spoon.

Variations

  • If you don’t have chipotles in adobo, use chipotle powder or smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne instead. You can also use jalapenos, though they won’t have the same smoky flavor.
  • Vegan quesadilla sauce: Replace the mayonnaise and sour cream with plant based alternatives.
  • For extra spice, blend an additional chipotle pepper in the sauce or add a pinch or two of cayenne.
  • To lighten it up, replace the mayonnaise or sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.

How to use quesadilla sauce

This sauce isn’t just delicious on quesadillas. It’s also amazing on any of these dishes:

How to make ahead & store

  • This quesadilla sauce stores well in a sealed jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge. Use it up within 5 days.
  • The texture of the sauce will naturally thicken as it sits in the fridge. If it’s too thick, stir in a little lime juice or a splash of water until it thins out.
Jar of quesadilla sauce next to bowl of chipotles.

What to serve with quesadillas

Quesadillas are great by themselves or dressed up with all of the fixings. You can add shredded chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, black beans, or pinto beans to the cheese before air frying if you prefer. Try some of these sides to serve with them for a filling Mexican-inspired meal!

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Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.

Quesadilla Sauce Recipe

This is the BEST Quesadilla Sauce. Creamy & flavor-packed with just a hint of spice, this easy sauce comes together in just 5-minutes!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sour cream (regular or fat-free)
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise (regular or fat-free)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt, to taste.
  • Transfer to a jar or squeeze bottle and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

This quesadilla sauce stores well in a sealed jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge. Use it up within 5 days.
The texture of the crema will naturally thicken as it sits in the fridge. If it’s too thick, stir in a little lime juice or a splash of water until it thins out.
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Equipment

Blender
Food processor

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

1 thought on “The BEST Quesadilla Sauce (Easy 5-Minute Recipe)”

  1. great, always love a new sauce, even if I have to moderate a bit! Just a taste is okay, and I find the extra calories a good trade off for the extra flavor, so thank you

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