Chile Lime Sauce

Preparation info

  • Makes

    ¾ cup

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Amor y Tacos

Amor y Tacos

By Deborah Schneider

Published 2010

  • About

Asian ingredients such as fiery sambal paste and Chinese chile paste are widely used in the United States and have made inroads into new Mexican cooking too, possibly as a convenience item—a kick in a jar, if you will. This creamy salsa is good with anything fried or cheesy. It must be very spicy or the effect is lost, but the sweetness of the citrus is a perfect counterpoint.


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • tablespoons sambal or red chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Zest of 1 orange or lemon


Combine all ingredients. The sauce keeps, refrigerated, for 48 hours.