Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
In many Mexican and Latin America recipes, you will see a call for Chipotle peppers. This is not a pepper that you are going to find in the vegetable aisle. A Chipotle pepper is a smoked Jalapeno and normally it is preserved in a Adobo Sauce.
When in the grocery store it is called Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. This product is usually purchased in a can or jar and you will find it available under numerous brand names. Basically it is smoked Jalapeno chili peppers that are canned in a red sauce and this sauce typically is made of a tomato puree, salt, ground black pepper, and ground paprika, chopped onions, oil, vinegar, minced garlic, oregano and bay leaves. The product is considered to have “moderate” spicy heat.
How can you use it? This product is used for making sauces, Chipotle mayonnaise, and dry rubs and can be used in a variety of Latin and/or Mexican recipes. The product is ready to use straight from the can.
Storage: This type of product (once opened) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze left-over product for up to 3 months. You should refrigerate or freeze this product in glass containers or plastic storage bags as the tomato sauce can stain plastic containers.
The Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce is readily available in grocery stores that stock a lot of Hispanic foods or it can be purchased online from several retailers. Keep a few cans on hand for great flavor additions to stews and soups.
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