Sonoran Jalapeño Lime Sauce is a multi-purpose condiment that can be used as a marinade, dressing or finishing sauce. Combining delicious, proven flavors of the Southwest this sauce will end up as your go-to sauce for so many different Southwest dishes you’ve always wanted to make.

Pouring spicy sauce over grilled chicken

I do love a no-cook sauce! This type of sauce can be used in a multitude of ways that pairs with all proteins. If you are a Culinary Ginger follower, you’ll know that I have a few go-to sauces like my Everyday Herb Sauce, Miso Sauce Dressing and Marinade and Meyer Lemon Dressing and Marinade. If you haven’t tried making these, you simply must. They’re all so easy and oh, so delicious!

Using a spoon to spoon some sauce out of the jar

What is Sonoran sauce?

Sonoran inspired food comes from the Sonora area of Mexico (that borders Arizona) which has carried over parts of the U.S like Southwest Arizona and the Southeastern part of California, known as the Sonoran Desert.

This sauce gets a nice, spicy kick from my favorite Sonoran spicy, smoky, hot sauce, Arizona Gunslinger which is marketed as a steak sauce, but I use it for so many other things. Like mixing with Mexican Grilled Corn and Squash Salad or drizzling over my Spicy Blue Cheese Potato Chips which are simply potato chips topped with blue cheese and Arizona Gunslinger hot sauce.

A jar of dark orange spicy jalapeño lime sauce

A good sauce is always an ideal way to add instant flavor to any dish (just as fresh herbs are). All my sauces are perfect for marinating, serving over salad and even dipping.

They are all vinaigrette based and a good rule of thumb for a vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part acid, which is the best ratio. With this, you can make any delicious sauce quickly.

Pouring Sonoran Jalapeño Lime Sauce  over grilled shrimp

Sonoran Jalapeño Lime Sauce Serving Suggestions

For a quick meal prepared on the grill, I like to marinade chicken or shrimp in the sauce, grill and serve with more sauce.

Another delicious serving idea is to drizzle over hot dogs. Have you ever heard of the Sonoran hot dog? It is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with Mexican toppings, similar to my Mexican Hot Dog. This Sonoran Jalapeño Lime Sauce would be delicious for either of these delectable dogs. Oh… don’t forget about my Sonoran Beef Tacos that would also be a perfect mate for this sauce.

If you find that the sauce separates after it has been sitting, either blend it again, give it a good shake or simply whisk it. It’ll be perfect again!

Yield: 1 cup

Sonoran Jalapeño Lime Sauce

2 grilled chicken breasts with sauce

With southwest flavors of jalapeño, lime and cilantro. This is a mult-use sauce that can be a marinade, dressing and everyday sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ½ cup (118 ml) olive or avocado oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (2 small limes)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot jalapeño sauce
  • Small handful of cilantro leaves


  1. Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until well mixed.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 88Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 1mgSodium 535mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 1g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.