Chipotle Adobo Sauce

Chipotle Adobo Sauce
Chipotle Adobo Sauce

When a recipe calls for adobo sauce or chipotles in adobo, this is a DIY that is easy and fresh. We made a sauce, but if you choose to have chiles in your adobo sauce, just blend half of the chiles and add the others whole in step 5.

Chile peppers are most often recognized for their spicy hotness, but when used in correct amounts, they can also be a bit mild while adding layers of subtle flavor to dishes. Chipotle chiles are actually completely ripened jalapenos that are then smoke dried. We used our Chipotle Moritas and Adobo Seasoning to recreate the intense flavor of the canned chipotles in adobo.

Our Adobo Seasoning is hand blended from cumin, paprika, coriander, fennel, yellow mustard, garlic, onion, ancho, pasilla and Mexican oregano.

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Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 45 min.
Category: Sauces
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 12 Dried Chipotle Morita Chiles
  • Boiling water
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion – thinly sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves – peeled and smashed
  • ½ cup cider or white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Adobo Seasoning
  • Extra water if necessary
  1. Thoroughly wash the chipotle peppers and cover them with boiling water and weigh them down with a small lid or plate. Let them soak for 20 minutes. Remove stems.
  2. Remove the soaked chipotles, save the soaking liquid, and place them in a food processor or blender.
  3. Add about 1/2 cup soaking liquid or water. Blend until you have a uniform paste.
  4. In a large sauce pan, add the blended chipotles, onions, garlic, Adobo Seasoning and vinegar to the pan. Mix well. Add some more of the soaking liquid or water if the sauce seems too thick.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for about 45 minutes. Add extra water as needed.
  6. Consistency should be paste like, not too thin.
  7. Cool sauce completely and store in refrigerator for up to a month. You can also freeze them in ice cube trays for future use.