Kitchen Tip: How to Store Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce


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A slice of pizza on a white plate, with Chipotle and Bacon

Did you know that chipotle peppers are simply smoked or dried jalapeno peppers? Adobo is a Spanish sauce made from stewing the chipotles with tomatoes and a handful of other spices. Canned chipotles in adobo are an easy way to add a lot of great smoky flavor to Mexican food. There are easy to find in most grocery stores and I love the convenience!

If you made the above Red Potato and Bacon Quiche with Chipotle Peppers last week,

A bowl of food on a table, with Chipotle and Salad

and then made this Chopped Salad with Bacon Ranch Chipotle Dressing this week, you just might still have some peppers left in your refrigerator.

So, here’s a tip. Line the remaining peppers on a parchment lined baking sheet and place them in your freezer. Flash freeze them for a few hours and then store the frozen peppers in a freezer ziploc bag or airtight container. You will be able to just remove one or two peppers as you need them later. They will still be pliable when frozen and they will thaw within minutes of removing them from the freezer.

Frozen Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – lovely, aren’t they?

A close up of a plate of food

Here are some more recipes to help use up those peppers:

Chipotle Chicken Marinade
Chipotle and Lime Egg Salad
Chipotle Salmon
Vegetarian Four Bean and Chipotle Chili
Chipotle Corn and Caramelized Onion Potato Salad
Chipotle Lime Rice
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Bites with Broccoli
Bacon and Egg Chipotle Taco Salad
Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Spicy Chicken Tamale Pie
Spicy Three Bean Chili with Beef and Bratwurst

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Beth says

    That salad looks wonderful. And what a great idea, giving us a few recipes at once that use the same ingredient. Very thoughtful!

  2. Chris says

    Chipotle peppers are one of my favorite ingredients because of the smokiness that they bring to any dish. I just keep mine in the can with foil on top because 1) the acids help keep any nasties away and 2) mine aren't going to last long enough anyway, ha ha.

  3. Jeanne Schultz says

    I freeze canned chipotle peppers by placing them in an ice cube tray, one per compartment, then equally dividing sauce in can among them. When frozen, I pop them out and vacuum seal them in one bag. An ordinary zip seal bag will work too.