Featured Ingredient — By Ben on 16 February 2009
Chipotles adobados

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If you are a regular visitor of this blog, you probably have noticed that I use chipotles adobados (or chipotles in adobo sauce) a lot. But until today I have failed to write about these amazing little guys and for that I apologize. Up until I moved away from home I always gave them for granted.

Like onions and garlic, they were always there. My mom used them for many recipes and sauces, but I never gave them that much of a thought. I didn’t even know how they were made until I missed them in my diet and decided to look for them in my new home country. It wasn’t easy finding them at first, but once I knew where to get them they were back in my cooking. Oh you little devils, what would I do without you?

But what are they? Chipotles are ripe, red jalapeño peppers that have been dried and smoked. It is believed that this process was created by civilizations living in the Mexico valley before the Aztecs. They dried and smoked peppers in order to store them for long periods of time. This process is still used today to preserve peppers, but now some chipotles are canned in an red adobo sauce made with seasoned tomato broth.

The smoking process and the adobo sauce give these adobado chipotles a very unique and delicious flavor. They are hot, but just one or two give sauces, salsas, stews and anything in what they are used a lot of flavor with just the right amount of heat. Go ahead, give them a try and fall in love with this Mexican delicacy. You can find them in the Mexican/Latino section of your grocery store or online here.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use chipotles adobados:

¡Buen provecho!

This post is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, an event that I always follow closely, but in which I have never participated… until today. This week the event is been hosted by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(18) Readers Comments

  1. We don’t get these here, so when my hubby went to visit my sis and her family in Texas I told her to send me few tins , so now i have some three tins here , i will look to your recipe selection and see what i can make with them.
    Love the picture, looks like you are really enjouing the camera you boguth in a bargain price.

  2. So right you are Ben. I love these little devils. In Dallas, I can find these almost any where I shop. It’s not so easy in some other places so some times I pack a can or a bottle of them in a checked bag;)
    Fun to think about how far back they go.

  3. Your blog is getting jazzier and jazzier. Love the featuriffic slide show. Hope the business end is working out for you.

  4. I’ve read a lot about these things but I can’t seem to find them here!

  5. Ben, chipotles are one of my fave condiments in the last few years…spicy/smoky gold.

  6. These babies really add punch to a dish. We put them in a sauce over beef, and it was like smokey heaven!

  7. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow: a sizzling pan of scrambled eggs with these smokin’ chiles chopped up in them. I have at least one can in the cupboard.

    Thanks, Ben, for sharing your knowledge and recipes for WHB!

  8. I just started cooking with these couple weeks ago. They do add so much flavors to any dish.

  9. Thanks again Ben for introducing us to this lovely vegetable. I am not really familiar with peppers.

  10. My pantry feels naked without a couple of cans of these chiles on the shelf. Even the simplest things, like mixing a bit with some mayonnaise to make a spicy dip or hamburger topping, are better with chipotles!

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