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

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
  • 3.5 oz Chipotle peppers (half of a 7oz can with adobo sauce)
  • 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 in adobo sauce. I used 1/2 of the can with the adobe sauce.  

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingSodium: 151mgCalcium: 5mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 30IUSugar: 3gFiber: 2gPotassium: 13mgCholesterol: 5mgCalories: 102kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 9gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 6gIron: 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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    • Anonymous

    I understand half of the 7oz can of chipotle peppers. But it’s not quite clear to me if it’s the whole can of adobo sauce OR just half the can of adobe sauce?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      The recipe calls for 3.5 oz of chipotle peppers with the sauce, which would be half of the 7 oz can.

      I’ve also had better results with using about half of 3.5 oz as some have mentioned it was too spicy. If you do that the sauce needs to sit a day or two to flavor the ranch.

    • Stacey

    Hi can you use garlic granules and onion granules instead thank you

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      If it’s dried, yes.

    • Amy Carol

    My son adores this sauce, so I bought him the sub minus the sauce. I’ve just whipped up a half recipe, as that was the amount of diced chipotle peppers I had. He’s been impressed with my other copycat recipes, so we’ll see how this goes. I can’t wait! I’ll let you know. I’m sure he’ll love it. Thanks!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Would love to hear back, Amy!

    • Marissa

    You said there are 16 servings and gave nutritional information which I greatly appreciate! However, you didn’t stay how much a serving size is. Is it a tablespoons worth? Thanks for your time and for this recipe!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Marissa, this recipe makes apprx 1 1/2 cups. There is about 13 tablespoons in a cup, add 6 more tablespoons and you have about 19 tablespoons in total. Divide that by 16 servings and you about 1 1/4 Tablespoon per serving. Hope that helps.


    • Lisa

    I was cautiously optimistic when I started making this sauce. The chipotle southwest sauce is the only reason I order from Subway. I followed the recipe and while my batch doesn’t taste exactly like the famous Subway sauce it is quite close and I’m happy to have it at the ready in my fridge. I agree with other reviewers that the sauce ends up being spicy, which isn’t a problem for me, but next time I’ll tweak the amount of chipotle peppers I use. Thanks for the recipe!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Lisa, thank you for giving our recipe a try! The color could probably vary depending on how many chipotle peppers and sauce are added, but I’ve had a nice medium orange hue (perhaps my peppers were on the smaller side?) I’ve also added less peppers with great results, the key to that is letting the sauce merry some. I’m so glad to hear it was close:)

      • Jeremy

      Hello I was wondering what brand can of chipotle peppers you use and if it comes out the same color like the peachy orangish color ?

        • Alyona’s Cooking


        I used Goya Brand in the pictures, however, I buy different ones too. To get a lighter orange color use about 2 tablespoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

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