Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

How to make Chipotles in Adobo Sauce.

Ingredients: Makes 2-3 Cups

  • 20 dried Chipotle Peppers, stems removed.
  • 1 cup tomato puree or chopped canned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar


  1. Place chipotle peppers in a bowl and cover the peppers with boiling water.
  2. Place a pot lid or plate on the surface to keep the peppers submerged.
  3. Leave them to soak for 20 minutes.
  4. Drain the peppers, reserving 1 cup of the soaking liquid.
  5. Combine 4-5 chipotles, 1 cup soaking liquid, tomato puree and honey in a blender or food processor.
  6. Process until smooth.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  9. Saute the onions, garlic, salt, pepper and spices until the onions are soft, for about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the tomato puree and the remaining whole chipotle peppers to the pan.
  11. Add the vinegar and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the sauce has the consistency of a thick tomato sauce.
  12. If the sauce is too thick add a little more water, if the sauce is too thin cook a little longer.
  13. These will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator and the flavours will continue to develop or they can be frozen for long term storage.
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