A while back I reviewed the cookbook Mexican Food Made Simple which is a great little book. Many of the recipes call for Chipotles en Adobo, and instead of buying the canned stuff I knew I wanted to make my own.
This isn’t the first time I’ve made Chipotles en Adobo. I did so back when I was living in London and I ordered my peppers online from the South Devon Chilli Farm which I highly recommend. This time around I headed to Atwater market. I went into Les douceurs du marché hoping to find my chipotles, and I did. I took a double look thinking they looked strange, but it said chipotle on the bag so I bought them. As I was cooking, I knew something was not right. Turns out there are two varieties of chipotles – the meco variety which is tan or the morita variety which are more purpleish. I had always used the morita variety, and according to wikipedia almost all of the meco variety is consumed in Mexico. Somehow I managed to end up cooking with the meco though. I don’t know if they are interchangeable (I couldn’t find any info on it), but the morita is certainly more appealing visually and what I am more used to. In the future, I’ll try and find the morita. But that’s going to be a long time from now as this recipe makes a lot!
It’s not too hard nor too long (although set aside about an hour). Unfortunately, you can’t water bath can these due to the pH. I put mine in tiny jars and froze most of them, although I imagine they’d stay pretty long in the fridge as well. They also make great gifts, although I imagine most people would probably wonder what to do with it! You can use it in stews, pasta sauces, mayonnaise and even dressings.
Chipotles en Adobo
adapted from Mexican Food Made Simple
Makes around 1L
200g chipotle chillies (around 65 of the purpleish morita variety)
1 large white onion, roughly chopped
a head of garlic, roughly chopped
3tbsp fresh oregano or some dried oregano
2 tbsp thyme leaves
2 bay leaves (fresh if you can)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds crushed
4 tbsp olive oil
350 ml white wine vinegar
50ml balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp tomato purée
7 tbsp demerara sugar or palm sugar
2 tbsp sea salt