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Leftover Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

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What Do You Do With Leftover Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce?

Leftover Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

Most times a recipe will call for 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce. This means you’re left with almost an entire can of leftover chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

So, what do you do with them? How should you store them?

You could freeze them, but they’ll freeze in a big clump unless you freeze them individually.   You could freeze them in an ice cube tray, but unless you cover the tray with plastic wrap before spooning the chilies in, your ice cube tray will become stained and spicy! You could also just transfer them to a resealable container and keep them in the fridge for the next time a recipe calls for 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

I’ve got a better idea!

Since canned chipotle peppers are jalapeños that have been ripened until red, smoked, and packed in a tangy red chili sauce, why not blitz your leftover chilies in a food processor, blender or by using an immersion blender?  Pureeing the chilies and sauce together creates a thick, spicy, and smoky sauce that can be added to anything.  You can add a little or a lot to scrambled eggs, bbq sauce, tacos, ketchup, mayo, hummus, hollandaise sauce, burgers, or even mac and cheese.  And because the adobo sauce is made with lots of vinegar, the pureed chipotle sauce will keep for a few months covered (if not longer) in the fridge.

 

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