Subway’s Chipotle Southwest Sauce is no doubt a fan favourite, and during the last few weeks, I’ve managed to perfect this recipe from scratch at home.
With only a few ingredients and super easy steps, there’s no need to ever have to search the supermarkets for a brand dupe. Making it at home is easy, inexpensive and way better for you.
Reading: how to make subways southwest sauce
This is part of a series recreating all the best parts of Subway at home. The mega-post can be found here.
This recipe has 11 ingredients and of those, I always have 10 in my home. The only ingredient I didn’t have on hand was chipotle in adobos. It actually was pretty hard to find so I ended up making my own chipotle chile paste. I ended up giving in and buying chipotles in adobo on Amazon but at least I know you can get an ok, but not perfect, recreation with a DIY chipotle paste.
A suggestion from Pepper Scale is to make a DIY substitute as this recipe needs you to blend your chipotles anyway. This flavour is slightly less bold, so I really would try to find chipotles in adobo, but this is an option if you live in a small town or if your grocery stores are still being affected by lack of stock. The real chipotle in adobo is superior, but I’ve tried both and they both work.
The recipe has you simply mix together:
“1 tablespoon tomato paste (or if you must – ketchup), 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (or smoked paprika/cayenne powder mix), ½ teaspoon cumin, a pinch of oregano, a pinch of garlic powder, and a pinch of salt.”
From that mix, you would just use the same amount required in the recipe. Again, I haven’t tried this but understand we are living through a pandemic and ingredient substitutions do need to happen sometimes.
Make sure that you use chipotle powder even if you use part paprika/cayenne/chili powder. The chipotle powder is really what makes the sauce taste just like Subway.
The other ingredients listed are pretty much household staples. With the exception of cilantro I have all of these pretty much all the time. I only have cilantro sometimes just because of the quickness it wilts. Having it in the fridge with tips in water and covered in a plastic bag helps, though.
The entire ingredients are:
- Mayonnaise (here is a recipe for Subway’s homemade)
- Corn Syrup
- Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)
- Vinegar (White or Distilled)
- Blended Chipotle in Adobo
- Sour Cream
- Garlic Powder
- Italian Herbs
- Cilantro (fresh, not dried)
This recipe can’t get a whole lot easier, honestly. You simply combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer (or whisk if you’re up for a challenge) until slightly larger in volume.
One thing I wouldn’t substitute is the cilantro for dried cilantro/coriander. If you hate cilantro, you can leave it out entirely but it’s not worth it to put in cilantro as a dried herb in my opinion.
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