Chipotle Grill Ancho Marinade

Recipe for the ancho chile marinade used at the Chipotle Grill Restaurant. Source: Chef Staci Raymond – Chipotle Mexican Grill, Phoenix, Arizona.  This is the perfect marinade for chicken, everyone will wonder where you got the recipe.

Chipotle Grill Ancho Marinade

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Chipotle Grill Ancho Marinade

Get the marinade for Chipotle's grilled chicken. 
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Ancho, Chipotle Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 400kcal


  • 2 ounces dried ancho chilies
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 6 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 red onion, quartered
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts


  • Soak dried chilies in water overnight or until soft; remove seeds. Place ingredients, except meat, in a food processor; process until smooth. Spread mixture over the chicken; refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours. Heat grill to 400 degrees, or if cooking inside, heat a small amount of oil in a skillet or grill pan over high heat. Season chicken with salt. Grill chicken breasts until cooked through.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 24.5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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  1. DubbleJ

    5 stars
    I have made this multiple times and it always comes out great. I remember the first time I made it, my wife looked at me after taking a bite and said, “ you nailed that s*it”. Don’t know what the other negative comments are about, maybe poor execution.

  2. Jpl

    I was really looking forward to being able to make this at home but it was a disappointment.
    It did not taste anything like Chipotle’s.
    The search goes on…

  3. =)

    Expensive? about "10.00" and only if you don’t have on hand the chile ancho, chicken, mexican oregano and cumin.
    I always have all those ingredients at home =p

  4. Rachel

    Combined with the rice recipe (to make a chicken bowl) and all the other toppings I normally get at Chipotle, this tasted exactly like Chipotle! Thanks for the recipe! My husband couldn’t even taste the difference. Yes, it can get expensive, but if there is not a Chipotle around, it is definitely worth it! 🙂

  5. brittni

    this doesnt taste anywhere near chipotle’s chicken. i’m sooooo disappointed:( followed the recipe to a tee and spent 20 dollars on the ingredients for a fun experiment boy was i wrong its taste like red onions

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