Monday, May 28, 2012

Kitchen Tip: How to Store Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

Did you know that chipotle peppers are simply smoked or dried jalapeno peppers? Adobo is a Spanish sauce made from stewing the chipotles with tomatoes and a handful of other spices. Canned chipotles in adobo are an easy way to add a lot of great smoky flavor to Mexican food. There are easy to find in most grocery stores and I love the convenience!

If you made the above Red Potato and Bacon Quiche with Chipotle Peppers last week,

and then made this Chopped Salad with Bacon Ranch Chipotle Dressing this week, you just might still have some peppers left in your refrigerator.

So, here's a tip. Line the remaining peppers on a parchment lined baking sheet and place them in your freezer. Flash freeze them for a few hours and then store the frozen peppers in a freezer ziploc bag or airtight container. You will be able to just remove one or two peppers as you need them later. They will still be pliable when frozen and they will thaw within minutes of removing them from the freezer.

Frozen Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce - lovely, aren't they?

Here are some more recipes to help use up those peppers:

Chipotle Chicken Marinade
Chipotle and Lime Egg Salad
Chipotle Salmon
Vegetarian Four Bean and Chipotle Chili
Chipotle Corn and Caramelized Onion Potato Salad
Chipotle Lime Rice
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Bites with Broccoli
Bacon and Egg Chipotle Taco Salad
Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Spicy Chicken Tamale Pie
Spicy Three Bean Chili with Beef and Bratwurst

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  1. Too funny, I am on a bit of a chipotle kick. Great tip for freezing them.

  2. I did not know that's what chipotle peppers were, interesting! All of those dishes look delicious! Hope you had a great Memorial Day with your family.

  3. That salad looks wonderful. And what a great idea, giving us a few recipes at once that use the same ingredient. Very thoughtful!

  4. I always have them left over and never know what to do with them! Thanks for the great tip!

  5. Oh how i LOVE chipotle peppers! I had no idea where they came from! lol

  6. Loving allll chipotle recipe these days! I can't get enough of those peppers!

  7. Great tip - and you know I love these peppers :)

  8. Chipotle peppers are one of my favorite ingredients because of the smokiness that they bring to any dish. I just keep mine in the can with foil on top because 1) the acids help keep any nasties away and 2) mine aren't going to last long enough anyway, ha ha.