This creamy Chipotle Potato Salad is the most flavorful side dish and the perfect addition to your next barbecue. This potato salad is full of crispy bacon and crunchy bell pepper. The bold chipotle dressing pulls everything together for stunning potato salad that everyone will love!
While traditional salad is always a great option, sometimes you need to switch things up a bit. This chipotle potato salad is a delicious twist on traditional potato salad. Crispy bacon, crunchy veggies, and plenty of fresh herbs all bring those baby red potatoes to life.
Best Potatoes for Homemade Potato Salad
When it comes to potatoes for potato salad you want to pick a variety that is more waxy than starchy. While starchy potatoes like russets are great for mashed potatoes or French fries, they are a bit too starchy for a potato salad.
Russet potatoes will begin to break down and lose their shape after boiling and they also have a thick outer skin which does not make them the best candidate for potato salad.
Instead, grab a few pounds of a “waxy” potato like reds, fingerlings, or Yukon golds. These potatoes have less starch, a thin outer skin (which makes peeling an option not a requirement), and they hold their shape and won’t break down after boiling.
Simple Healthy Ingredients
Baby Red Potatoes: these are my favorite potatoes to use for potato salad. Be sure to cut them into halves or quarters for the perfect bite.
Green Pepper: this adds just the right amount of crunch and flavor to the potato salad.
Red Onion: you can’t have a good potato salad without a little red onion.
Bacon: this helps to add even more delicious smoky flavor to the salad.
Chives: I love to finish the potato salad with a bit of fresh chives.
How Long Do You Need to Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad?
The trick to good potato salad is not to overcook your potatoes. Depending on the size of the potatoes, twelve to fifteen minutes should be enough time to get them fork tender and perfect for potato salad. However, if you cut your potatoes into smaller pieces, it could take as little as eight minutes for them to be fully cooked and ready to use.
Remember, you are not making mashed potatoes. You want the potatoes to be able to hold their shape so they don’t disintegrate into pieces when you’re stirring the potato salad. If you can easily stick a fork into the piece of potato without resistance, they are probably done.
Creamy Chipotle Dressing
The star of this potato salad is really the creamy chipotle dressing.
Mayonnaise: The base of the dressing for this potato salad is mayonnaise. Pick a variety that is made with high-quality oil, like avocado oil, and does not have any added sugar.
Lime Juice: This adds a brightness to the dressing.
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo: If you have never used chipotle peppers in adobo then you are in for a treat. They add such a unique flavor to the dressing.
Garlic: For the best results, use fresh cloves of garlic.
Cilantro and Green Onion: really help to amp up the flavor of the dressing.
How to Make Chipotle Potato Salad
Step One: Start by adding the potatoes to a large bot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and then add a generous sprinkle of salt. Let the potatoes boil in the salted water for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and let cool.
Step Two: Next, cook the bacon. Slice the bacon into lardons and then add them to a skillet heated over medium heat. Cook the bacon until crispy. Stir the bacon occasionally to make sure that it does not burn.
Step Three: Now it’s time to make the creamy chipotle dressing. Add the mayonnaise, lime juice, chipotle peppers in adobo, cilantro, green onion, garlic, and salt to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
Step Four: Once your dressing is made, and your potatoes are cool, it’s time to make the potato salad! Add the cooled potatoes, green bell pepper, red onion, and cooked bacon to a large mixing bowl. Pour on the chipotle dressing and toss to coat. Give the potato salad a taste and add more salt if needed. Garnish with crispy bacon and chives. You can serve the potato salad immediately or cover and refrigerate it before serving.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Potato Salad
Because red potatoes have thinner skin, there is no need to peel your potatoes before boiling. The red skin also adds a pop of color to the salad. Feel free to peel the potato skin if you prefer.
Try to cut your potatoes roughly the same size before boiling. This will help them to cook more evenly.
When boiling the potatoes, do not forget to salt the water. Potatoes can be pretty bland on their own and salting the water helps to ensure each individual piece of potato has some flavor.
If you are making this potato salad a day in advance but still want the bacon to be crisp when serving, I recommend making the salad without the bacon and storing it in the fridge. Once you are ready to serve, you can sprinkle the cooked bacon on top or stir it into the potato salad a few minutes before serving.
Store your potato salad in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
I hope you give this Chipotle Potato Salada try! It’s absolutely delicious and so easy to make.
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2 pounds baby red potatoes, cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces
6 strips bacon
1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
chives for garnish
For the Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup lime juice
3 chipotle peppers in adobo
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup green onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
Add the potatoes to a large bot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and then add a generous sprinkle of salt. Let the potatoes boil in the salted water for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and let cool.
Slice the bacon into lardons and then add it to a skillet heated over medium heat. Cook until crispy, stirring occasionally to make sure that it does not burn. Set a bit of bacon aside for garnish.
Next, make the dressing. Add the mayonnaise, lime juice, chipotle peppers, cilantro, green onion, garlic, and salt to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
Now it’s time to make the potato salad. Add the cooled potatoes, bell pepper, red onion, and cooked bacon to a large mixing bowl. Pour on the chipotle dressing and stir until well combined. Give the potato salad a taste and add more salt if needed. Garnish with crispy bacon and chives. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate the potato salad before serving.
Keywords: chipotle potato salad, potato salad, potato salad recipe, red potato salad, best potato salad
Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by:THE MINDFUL HAPA
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This was delicious. Big success. Thank you so much.
This salad is incredible! Agree with others that the dressing is the star. Strange as it sounds, we even reheated some up the next morning with eggs and it was so so good warm too.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Molly! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
This is delicious! Recipe came together so quickly, yet packed so much flavor! Approved by the entire family. Thanks for a new staple recipe.
Yay! Happy to hear this recipe has become a new favorite for y’all, Sydney! Thanks for sharing!
Made this potato salad last weekend and it was amazing! The flavors are incredible and it came together super easily. 10/10 will make again.
I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Miranda! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
An absolute hit at the bbq we brought this to! Everyone loved the smokey chipotle sauce, pairs so well with some grilled bbq and side salad. Delish!
Yay! Happy to hear that, Casey! So glad to hear everyone loved it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
We made this yesterday for 4th of July and it was a huge crowd pleaser. The salad came together very easily and the flavors popped like crazy. I got several compliments on this potato salad and I look forward to making it again soon! Excited to have more of it today!
Happy to hear that, Christiane! So glad everyone loved this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
I saw this recipe and couldn’t wait to make it and it did not disappoint. It was so delicious! I will definitely be making it regularly!
Yay! So happy to hear that this has become a favorite for you, Maggie! Thanks for sharing!
The star of this salad truly is the dressing. My boyfriend asked me to make jars of it so he could use it for EVERYTHING (sandwiches, fry sauce, etc.). This is definitely my new go to summer potluck dish. Super easy to make and out of this world tasty. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, Ashlea!
Haha! That’s amazing! You’re so welcome, Kayla! So glad to hear you all loved this recipe!
I made this today. Followed recipe exactly. It was amazing!!! Will definitely make this again and again. Thanks.
You’re so welcome, Kristen! I’m so glad you loved this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!