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Aug 9, 2006 05:38 PM

What would you do with a can of chipotle in adobo?

I actually cooked last night (woo hoo for me!) and I made this Southwestern Grilled Beef Salad with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Dressing, and it was awesome! I, of course, added a little bit extra chipotle to the dressing and added some chipotle to the salsa, and about smoked myself out with the leftovers, but it was still pretty tasty! Once again (as usual,) all I needed was about 2 tablespoons of chipotle in adobo sauce, so now I have an almost full can needing to be used up! What would you do with the leftovers?

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  1. puree it with some unsalted butter. Great on sauteed or grilled shrimp. I use the recipe from Coyote Cafe cookbook- make pancakes with cornmeal, buttermilk, fresh corn, scallions. Top with warm shrimp and chipoltle butter. Very nice dish.

    1. I put each chili with a dab of sauce in one bin of an ice cube tray. Freeze, unmold, wrap in plastic and save for all those other times you'll just need one.

      1. In addition to using them in salsa, they make a tasty addition to canned refried beans. I've done a quick, microwave version by chopping an onion, mincing a clove or so of garlic, chopping a chipotle, and putting it all into a covered casserole with some oil and a bit of the adobo. Cook in the microwave until the onions are soft, stir in the beans, and heat. Not exactly authentic, but it works for a quick side or tortilla filler.

        1. Make cantaloupe gazpacho: purée cantaloupe with lime juice, champagne vinegar, cilantro, chipotles, and salt. Add chopped cilantro, finely diced red onion and cucumber.

          1. I just put it in a covered contianer in the fridge and use as needed. It will last about a year without going off.

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            1. re: Candy

              They freeze well too. Portion it in chunks on a wax paper lined baking sheet, freeze and then wrap separately.

              1. re: farmersdaughter

                My freezer is too small to hold one more thing. The glass jar in the fridge works best for me. Believe me those things last for a long time in there.

              2. re: Candy

                A small glass jar with a good sealing lid is the perfect container. The peppers have been smoked, and that sauce is pretty vinegary, so as long as there are no contaminants in there you'll be OK for a long time. I've found jars of it that I'd forgotten about heaven knows when, and the contents were still perfectly good.