Substitute for Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

Substitute for Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

by Gourmet Sleuth

Here we are in Abu Dhabi and I am not sure I will be able to locate the necessary ingredients for a Guy Fieri favorite. So what to do? Make your own! I located this great recipe and I am going to give it a go.

About Chipotles in adobo sauce

     Chipotle in adobo chiles (smoked jalapeno chiles) are canned in a red sauce that typically contains tomato puree and a variety of seasonings such as paprika, salt, onions, vinegar, garlic and oregano. Used for making sauces, chipotle mayonaise, rubs as well as other recipes.

The smaller morita chile us used for making the chiles in adobo sauce rather than the large meco chile. Find chipotles in adobo in some well stocked grocery stores or most Mexican markets.  The flavor and quality can really vary. Make your own (see recipes) or rehydrated chipotles OR rehydrated pasilla de Oaxaca chiles


1 can = about 7 peppers

Adobo Recipe

The recipe is from Chef Mark Miller.

7-10 medium-sized dried chipotle chiles, stemmed and slit lengthwise
1/3 cup onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
5 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, sliced
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups water


Combine all ingredients in a pan, cover, and cook over very low heat for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until the chiles are very soft and the liquid has reduced down to 1 cup. This recipe will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container. For chipotle puree, place cooked chipotles and sauce in a blender, and puree. Put through a fine sieve to remove seeds.


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