July 2, 2013

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.

Chili lime garlic aioli

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.

Chili lime garlic aioli

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

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!

9 Responses to “Chili Lime Garlic Aioli”

  1. Margaret says:

    This sounds so good! I instantly thought sweet potato fries too- can’t wait to try it.

  2. Lauren says:

    I’m so with you, Katie! Mayonnaise and I are not friends, but for some reason I typically do like aioli! This recipe sounds like it’d be right up my alley!

  3. Ellie says:

    OMG you took the words out of my mouth. Working for a catering company, I have to change to pick at hors d’oeuvre on a regular basis and every time I eat aioli I joke that I don’t eat mayo, but love aioli. I am insane haha.

  4. Hemborgwife says:

    This sounds interesting, growing up my mom always did the same but instead of mayo she used sour cream!

  5. Megan says:

    I do not like mayo either. If I have an ingredient that calls for it, I will use some plain non fat Greek yogurt to get the texture. Gabe on the other hand loves it. Meanwhile, I have a friend who uses mayo instead of ketchup on fries. UGH.

Leave a Reply