I've got something new to tell you about. AND, it's Tuesday. So there ya go.
I love chipotle peppers. Basically, chipotle peppers are very ripe jalapenos that have been smoked to perfection! They add terrific flavor to certain recipes and I'm slightly partial to their sweet, smoky heat!
Typically, I buy a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and find myself using only one or two for a recipe. Not wanting to waste an entire can, I've been freezing the rest in small ziploc bags. I've had good results with that BUT a couple of weeks ago I decided to try this:
It's ground chipotle peppers (looks sort of like chili powder) and it is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! I've heard about this powdered form of chipotle for a while but never remembered to look for it until a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon it on the spice aisle.
I'm guessing a bit here, but I think that 1/2 tsp of the powder is roughly equivalent to 1 chipotle pepper. Unfortunately there isn't an equivalent measuring guide on the can. I love spice but my family doesn't so this seems like an easier way to control the heat in certain recipes.
I bought the above can at King Soopers (which is Kroger here in Colorado) for $1.99. I saw a can at Walmart for around $4.50, so if you have a Kroger close to you that's a much better deal! I'm sure there are lots of different brands, but I'm good with the Kroger one for now.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite recipes using chipotle peppers, uh, I mean chipotle pepper POWDER:
Shredded beef tacos
Quinoa salad (I love, love, LOVE quinoa!)
Chipotle burritos (Very similar to the popular Chipotle chain's burritos)
Chipotle chicken pasta in fire-roasted tomato cream sauce
Southwest stuffed peppers
I just ate breakfast, but my mouth started watering when I added those links. I bet yours will be watering now too. You're welcome.