Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Raspberry sauce
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Ratings (7)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
106 Calories
2g Fat
22g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This popular raspberry chipotle chile sauce recipe from chef Emeril Lagasse delivers a sweet-and-savory flavor that packs a kick of heat. The chipotle chiles, which are smoke-dried jalapeno peppers, have a smoky flavor that makes this sauce a natural as a barbecue sauce or a glaze for meat.

If you're bored with tomato-based barbecue sauces, this is a nice variation. It's also a great way to use seasonal raspberries from your garden.

Don't limit your use of this raspberry chipotle sauce to meats and barbecues. It's a great dip when mixed with cream cheese for crackers, celery, carrots, and other vegetables.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion (diced)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chiles in adobo (chopped)
  • 2 pints raspberries (fresh, rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they are soft and slightly caramelized, about 4 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.

  4. Add the chipotle chiles and cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute.

  5. Add the raspberries and cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Add the vinegar and stir to deglaze the pan.

  7. Add the sugar and salt and bring to a boil.

  8. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the sauce until it has thickened and is reduced by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cool the sauce before using it.

  9. For a clear glaze, strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.

Note: Store any extra sauce in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To save it for longer, you can freeze portions of it to thaw and use later.

Source: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants by Emeril Lagasse (William Morrow). Reprinted with permission.

How to Use Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Use this sauce as a barbecue sauce, glaze, or basting sauce for poultry, shrimp, and meats. Keep a cup of it next to the grill to baste onto meat or vegetables as you grill them. Then serve a separate portion as a condiment with the grilled items. Never mix sauce that had contact with raw meat with the sauce you serve at the table.

Use it as a dipping sauce for meatballs or cocktail sausages for a crowd-pleasing appetizer. It's also great for wraps and sandwiches, or as a spicy element for a grilled cheese sandwich or panini.