Sweet Chili Mayonnaise

Sweet Chili Mayonnaise

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Refrigerate: 60 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
267 Calories
28g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 267
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 508mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 32mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Say "no more" to the same old spreads and dips and go for something innovative and different. Our easy recipe for sweet chili mayonnaise makes a creamy spread that doubles as a sauce for fried chicken fingers, chips, crudités, or fish or mozzarella sticks, among many other dishes. Just three ingredients and five minutes are all that you need, plus one hour in the fridge to allow the flavors to develop and the sauce to set. The recipe is easily customizable to your palate, so first make it following our measurements, taste test, and add more spice to suit your preferences. The sauce keeps well in the fridge for a few days, as long as no pieces of other foods have fallen into it. Use it to replace more traditional spreads when serving burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, or wraps. If using homemade mayonnaise, be mindful that the texture won't be as thick as if you were using store-bought mayo, but it'll be equally delicious.

Use the sauce in many other recipes and not just as a spread, as this is a versatile mixture. Make a spicy pasta or potato salad with crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery, and peppers. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and a splash of vinegar to the mayo sauce to make a creamy dressing for fresh salads—iceberg lettuce, romaine hearts, endive, and even radicchio will go wonderfully with this flavor profile. Add a few chopped pickles to give tang and texture and use the spread on ham-heavy sandwiches that could use some acid to offset the meatiness; think of smoked hams, BLTs, pastrami or roast beef. Leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken coated with this mayo makes a wonderful salad to fill lettuce cups. Egg salad and tuna salad could have a makeover with this spicy mayo. Serve alongside cocktail sausages, little empanadas, tequeños, tofu nuggets, spring rolls, or peel-and-eat shrimp.

This isn't an egg-free preparation, but it can be if you use a vegan mayonnaise, which will also make it suitable for plant-based diets. For an alternative version, use full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream. Though rather tangy, these preparations are also delicious.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 teaspoons Thai-style chili sauce

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Asian-style garlic chili paste, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Sweet Chili Mayonnaise ingredients

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  2. Combine all ingredients and stir to blend. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Sweet Chili Mayonnaise in a bowl

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  3. Enjoy as a dip or spread with sweet potato fries, fried chicken fingers, or chicken burger sandwich.

    Sweet Chili Mayonnaise served with sweet potato fries

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