A small can that packs a lot of taste, the Mexican hot sauce chipotle in adobo is becoming as common as ketchup in many kitchens. One can holds two different yet equally important items. The "chipotle" is a ripe, smoked, dried jalapeno chili pepper. The "adobo" sauce is a spicy mixture of tomatoes, vinegar, onions and seasonings, although the ingredients can vary widely. The chipotle pepper infuses the sauce with its smoky character and heat while the pepper absorbs the flavors of the rich sauce. Alone or in combination, they pack a deep, distinctive and addictive taste. If you're using it for the first time, tread cautiously. Both the pepper and the sauce are hot and very spicy. Use too much of either and you can easily ruin a dish. Make sure to taste both the sauce and a piece of the pepper before adding them to anything. And always start with only 1 teaspoon, adding more as desired. To learn more about finding, choosing and cooking with chipotle in adobo sauce click here Recipes include: Spicy Chipotle Burgers, Chipotle-Orange Flank Steak, Grilled Pork Chops with Chipotle-Honey Barbecue Sauce, Grilled Chicken, Corn and Mango Salad with Chipotle Dressing and Adobo- and Cheddar-Topped Corn Bread.
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