In this post: This chili lime mayo is made with just three ingredients that you probably have on hand. It’s a spicy-good dip perfect for fries and sweet potato fries!

Craving a little something extra to go with your sweet potato fries, burger, or Mexican salad? Then you’re going to love this full-flavored and easy-to-make chili lime mayo!

A Yummy Spiced Mayo

We’ve been a little obsessed with sweet potatoes around here lately – and we’re totally LOVING Alexia Sweet Potato Fries(The people at Alexia have no idea we’re writing this, btw. We just think their sp fries taste so dang good!) 

We’re also dip-loving people…and ketchup is just plain ol’ nasty with sweet potatoes, know what I mean? 

So when a dear friend said she adds chili powder to mayo for a dip, I got to thinking…and after a few trial runs (that were okay, but kind of ‘meh’) came up with this crazy simple recipe for Chili Lime Mayo.

Chili Lime Mayo

Chili Lime Mayo

This delicious dip, made with only three ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, is perfect for French fries and sweet potato fries among other things!


  • Mayonnaise. I use a soy-free, vegan mayo. But you could use any store-bought version you like. Or you could make homemade mayonnaise from scratch. 
  • Chili powder. We tend to keep chili powder on hand. But you could make your own homemade version if you like. (See below for how.)
  • Lime juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice is hands-down the best option. But. you could use bottled lime juice if needed. 


It’s easy to make this tasty mayo – simply mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. 

Start with a small amount of chili powder and lime juice and adjust to taste as desired. 

For the full ingredients list, recipe instructions, and nutrition info, see the recipe card below. 

Substitutions and Variations

  • Vegan mayo. You could make the chili lime mayo vegan by using vegan mayo, like this one
  • No lime, no problem. And in a pinch, you could use bottled lime juice concentrate instead of fresh. 
  • Smoke Paprika. You could add a little extra smoky flavor by adding a dash of smoked paprika to your chili lime mayo.
  • Make it chipotle. Instead of chili powder, you could use chipotle peppers or chipotle paste to make chipotle lime mayo. Similar but different!
  • Use taco seasoning. Store-bought or homemade taco seasoning will work too. 
  • Add cilantro for a lovely flavor.
  • Add salt and pepper if desired. 
  • Season with lime zest for a bit of color and flavor. 
  • Add Hot sauce if you want a spicier dip. 

To make your own homemade chili powder, mix:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne

How to Serve Chili Lime Mayo

Chili lime mayo is delicious with several foods, especially served with extra lime wedges. Here are a few ideas: 

  • as a dip for sweet potato fries
  • substituted for the plain mayo in deviled eggs, or egg salad 
  • on top of baked potatoes instead of sour cream
  • as a dressing on top of chili
  • drizzled on top of a salad, on a burger, or in a hot dog

How to Store Chili Lime Mayo

Chili lime mayo is best served right away. But you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days. 


More Great Appetizers

Here are a few more appetizer ideas from Home Made Lovely that you may love:

Chili Lime Mayo Printable Recipe

Chili Lime Mayo

Chili Lime Mayo

Yield: 2 -4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A spicy-good dip perfect for fries and sweet potato fries!


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 heaping tbsp chili powder
  • juice from half a small lime


  1. Simply mix all together in a bowl and serve with fries or sweet potato fries and ENJOY!

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Do you have any favorite go-to snacks? Any favorite dips? Have you ever tried Chili Lime Mayo?

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