I have a confession to make: I don’t like mayonnaise. I don’t think I ever have. When there’s a potato salad or pasta salad with mayo included, I tend to keep my distance. Mayo on sandwiches? No thanks. I sometimes even shy away from deviled eggs just because the filling tends to contain the condiment.
But I have to make one exception to this “I don’t like mayonnaise” rule…and that exception is aioli. For some reason, when mayonnaise is mixed with some flavorful ingredients in the form of aioli, I find myself liking it quite a bit! And when the mayo is mixed with a lot of spice? Count me in…at least in moderate amounts.
This Chili Lime Garlic Aioli does just the trick, let me tell you. It turned a condiment I typically don’t enjoy into one that I find myself delving into. There are chilis and garlic for kick (and major flavor), paired with a bit of lime to balance everything out. By the way – have you tried the amazingness that is the chili garlic sauce made by Huy Fong? As much as I LOVE sriracha by the same brand, this stuff is seriously amazing…and I think I love it even more. Strong words.
I like that I can whip up this aioli in small batches – just enough for one or two servings. I’ve used it as a dip for sweet potato fries (the sweetness pairs great with the spice), and slathered it on some spicy black bean burgers (and regular burgers, for that matter), and I’m still thinking of more dishes to incorporate it into. So, think about whipping up a batch when you’re looking for your next spicy kick!
Are you a fan of aioli? What is your favorite flavor combo?
Chili Lime Garlic Aioli
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I used the olive oil variety)
Juice from 1/4 of a lime (about 1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
Add mayonnaise, lime juice, and chili garlic sauce in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!