Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce is my favorite from all the Subway Sauces! It’ll make any sandwich taste delicious and tastes just like the chipotle sauce from Subway! 

subways southwest chipotle sauce in a container and squeezable bottle by a sandwich

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I love replicating some of my favorite Restaurant menu items! Such as Taco Bell’s Creamy Jalapeno Sauce or the tasty Chick-fil-a Sauce for dipping fries and chicken sandwiches! This Subway sauce was another successful experiment! Try our Subway’s Peanut Butter Cookies if you favor Subway!

Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce

It’s real folks, you can actually make one of my most favored subway sauces right at home! I’m so excited about this one because there was a time I ordered packs of them from the Subway Restaurant, (talk about pregnancy cravings!), And when I order a subway sandwich you’re likely to see this orange zesty chipotle sauce drizzled over my Subway Club, Black Forest Ham or Oven-Roasted Chicken Sandwich! Trust me I know how it needs to taste I used to work at subway so, I’m pretty familiar with the flavor profile!

Now just because I worked at Subway doesn’t mean we knew the sauce recipes, they simply came pre-made. It wasn’t until years later that I decided to replicate my favorite Subway sauce. The recipe development was a total hit even though I threw out batches of it before it reached the perfect stage!

subway southwest chipotle sauce prepared and put into a container sitting by a ham sandwich

Making Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce

As of a result, after inspecting the sauce that I ordered to go one day, I realized it had specks of dried herbs in it like a bottle of ranch dressing. That gave me the clue that it had to be ranch with chipotle peppers and sure enough, it took off from there. I tried and tried, added sour cream, more mayo tossed, and started again until it tasted just like the Southwest Chipotle sauce that I had right beside me to compare!

I had my sister-in-law as the testing individual who had to put up with all my different creations and she herself said you got it! (Before you think she was just being gullible she was actually quite difficult to please because she too knows her chipotle sauce, so let’s just say I had some straightforward feedback to deal with.)  😆

However, I couldn’t be any more excited about this! Making the Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce was quite rewarding when I got it to taste like Subway’s sauce! I want to hear from you! Leave your feedback and comments below!

How to Make Chipotle Southwest Sauce like Subway:

Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce is my favorite from all the Subway Sauces! It'll make any sandwich taste delicious and tastes just like the chipotle sauce from Subway! 


  • blender


Southwest Chipotle Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing (Hidden Valley Original)
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce (that's 1.2 oz or half of a 7oz can if you like it spicy)
  • 2 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


How to Make Subway Southwest Chipotle Sauce:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Pour into a squeezable bottle and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


  • Notes: all given proportions work best, cutting back on one ingredient may not turn out like mine.
  • Chipotle Peppers- come in little 7 oz cans with adobo sauce, use the adobo sauce from the can too when measuring. The sauce gets better after sitting for 24 hours. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg


What is in Subways Southwest Chipotle Sauce?

The Subway Southwest Chipotle sauce is among my favorite subway sauces! Recognized from its orange color the southwest chipotle sauce is spicy, zesty, and sweet! The flavors mostly come from canned adobo peppers and with the right spices and creamy base you can create one of the tastiest sandwich sauces!


  • ranch dressing- the creamy base with speckled herbs.
  • mayo- adds creaminess.
  • sugar- sweetens the sauce.
  • chipotle peppers- the main ingredient for southwest flavors!
  • onion powder- adds tons of flavor!
  • vinegar- gives tartness.
  • garlic powder- flavors the sauce.

Is it Spicy?

The Southwest Chipotle Sauce from Subway is spicy. However, it shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

How long does it keep?

Prepared sauces can keep for some time, especially when made from already prepared items like ranch or mayo. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze.



  1. Use a hand blender or blender to beat everything together.
  2. Squeezable bottles help with storing the sauce properly and prevent the sauce from darkening.
  3. Keep Sauce for up to 2 weeks or freeze.
  4. To make it less spicy decrease the amount of adobo sauce.

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    • Frankie

    Please do el pollo loco’s creamy cilantro dressing next!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      I would love to, but I’d have to try it first! Not sure where the closest one is to me there is an El Pollo Loco’s about 2 hours from us but I couldn’t find the dressing on their menu, perhaps they’re owned by different owners.

    • Frankie

    OMG!! This is it!! I actually forgot the sugar and my kid and I both think it’s a perfect match. A perfect freakin match!! We found little 3.7oz cans of chipotle in adobo sauce made by La Costena at Stater Bros so that was helpful to be able to use the whole can. Thank you for your work! This sauce is awesome!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Awesome, Frankie! So nice to hear positive feedback! I didn’t know they sell chipotle peppers in 3.7 oz cans! That’s good to know!

    • Maya

    Not a perfect match and way spicier (fine by me!) but it really hits the spot! I worked at Subway for 3 years and I really missed this sauce after I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I swear I probably ate half the batch the same day I made it. Everything was just an excuse to dip in this!!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Maya, thank you for trying our recipe! I love the sauce too, which is what urged me to replicate it! I originally had it with cayenne pepper but eliminated that since it gets plenty of heat from the adobe peppers. It is on the spicy side, but I believe the chipotle sauce is spicy too if you eat it alone. Once, it’s sandwiched between deli meats it seems to blend in better. Perhaps try giving fewer adobe peppers, just not too few because you might end up tasting the ranch. Also, give the sauce to merry with the spices a little, that gets better in flavor too.

    • Cory

    Delicious! I’m a huge fan of the subway chipotle sauce and am sooo glad I found this recipe. I’ll definitely be trying more of yours! My only critique is that in the “tips” section, it says “omit the cayenne pepper for a less spicy sauce” but cayenne pepper is not listed as an ingredient. And honestly, it doesn’t need it anyway. Thank you again!!!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi, Cory thanks for catching that, I first did have cayenne pepper in the ingredient list when I first developed the recipe, then I just cut it off as I also found the adobo sauce to have plenty of heat on its own.

    • JoAnn

    (Believe it or not) I, personally, have never even tasted Subway’s Southwest Sauce, but my 30-something Daughter, many of her friends and a whole LOT of people on FB simply RAVE about it. And so, when I came across this recipe, I KNEW that I simply HAD to make it.

    I already had all of the ingredients on hand (including the Hidden Valley Original Dressing — because I used it to make your TB Creamy Jalapeno Sauce (which is also delicious — and my own homemade version of Adobo Sauce).

    And I was NOT disappointed. This sauce is just a tad short of DIVINE! My Daughter now puts it on nearly everything (including her Eggs, Salads and Sandwiches) and has asked me to “season” our meal with it the next time I bake Chicken (coming soon, lol :D).

    Another plus: I, personally, will never have to experience Subway’s Chipotle Southwest Sauce to see what all the excitement about their sauce is, lol 🙂 !

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Oh wonderful, JoAnn!

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