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Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce Recipe


A great way to preserve chipotle peppers and to enhance their flavor is to store them in adobo sauce. Making homemade chipotle peppers in adobo sauce is very easy and definitely superior to the canned adobo. You can also freeze or can the homemade chipotle adobo mixture when you're done to save it for up to a year.

Here is our foolproof recipe for homemade chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. And if you don't have time to make your own adobo sauce we recommend Embasa and La Costena brand chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Ingredients For Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

  • 7 to 10 dried chipotle pepper chiles, de-stemmed and slit lengthwise
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water

Directions For Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce Recipe

Combine all of the ingredients in a pan and simmer, covered, over low heat heat until the liquid is reduced to about a cup. This should take about an hour to an hour and a half. Once the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce has reduced you are ready to let it cool and then use or store it.

Notes About the Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce Recipe

This adobo sauce recipe will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container, or you can freeze or can the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for up to a year.

You can also can the Chipotle Peppers in Adobo when you're done to save them for up to a year.

Main Course Variations with Adobo Sauce

Adobo is sometimes called the Filipino national dish. Filipino adobo sauce doesn't have the chipotle peppers in it but here some variations of the classic Filipino adobo recipes with the chipotles added.

To make main courses with adobo sauce from scratch you take the above recipe and reduce the number of peppers and add the meat. Here's a few variations:

Chicken with Adobo Sauce Recipe

  • 2-3 Chipotle Peppers (more or less to taste)
  • 2-3 Pounds Chicken: breast, thighs, and/or legs
  • Other ingredients from above adobo sauce recipe
  1. Take the chicken and sear it in a pot over high heat until the chicken is browned all over, about 5 minutes per side.
  2. Set the chicken aside and turn the burner down to medium heat. Pour the vinegar and 1/2 the water into the pan and scrap the bits of chicken off the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the onion, chipotle peppers, garlic, ketchup, salt, and the browned chicken to the pot. Add enough water to almost cover the chicken.
  4. Simmer the chicken adobo mixture over low heat until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes, turning the pieces of chicken occasionally.
I like to serve my chicken with adobo sauce recipe over white or brown rice. That way all the adobo sauce is soaked up and doesn't go to waste.

Pork Roast with Adobo Sauce Recipe

  • 3-4 Chipotle Peppers (more or less to taste)
  • 3-4 Pounds Pork Roast (pork shoulder, pork butt)
  • Other ingredients from above adobo sauce recipe
  1. Take the pork and sear it in a pot over high heat until the pork is browned all over, about 7 minutes per side.
  2. Set the pork aside and turn the burner down to medium heat. Pour the vinegar and 1/2 the water into the pan and scrap the bits of pork off the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the onion, chipotle peppers, garlic, ketchup, salt, and the browned pork to the pot. Add enough water to almost cover the chicken.
  4. Simmer the pork adobo mixture over low heat until the pork is cooked through and tender, about 60 minutes.
I like to serve my pork with adobo sauce recipe shredded over spanish rice with black beans.

Beef Roast with Coconut Adobo Sauce Recipe

  • 4-5 Chipotle Peppers (more or less to taste)
  • 3-4 Pounds Beef Roast (beef shoulder, beef butt, stew beef)
  • 1 can coconut milk (12 ounces)
  • Other ingredients from above adobo sauce recipe
  1. Take the beef and sear it in a pot over high heat until the beef is browned all over, about 7 minutes per side.
  2. Set the beef aside and turn the burner down to medium heat. Pour the vinegar and 1/2 the water into the pan and scrap the bits of beef off the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the onion, chipotle peppers, garlic, ketchup, salt, and the browned beef to the pot. Add enough water to almost cover the beef.
  4. Simmer the beef adobo mixture over low heat until the beef is cooked through and tender, about 80 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and cook for around 5 minutes.
I like to serve my beef with adobo sauce recipe cut into chunks over white rice with a side or tortillas.
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