Chipotle peppers are actually dried, smoked jalapeno peppers. Their smoky-sweet flavor is often used in Southwestern and Mexican dishes. Add a dash to liven up everything from chili to barbeque.
Spicy Peanut Sauce with Chipotle
1/2 to 3/4 cupﾠroasted unhydrogenated, unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter
1/2 cupﾠwarm filtered water, additional tablespoon as needed
2 tablespoonsﾠtamari soy sauce or 1 teaspoonﾠfinely ground unrefined sea salt
1/4 cupﾠraw apple cider vinegar, brown rice vinegar or lime juice
1/2 teaspoonﾠground chipotle (start with less)
3 ﾠmedium garlic cloves, minced or pressed or 1/2 teaspoonﾠfreeze dried garlic flakes or to taste
2 to 4 tablespoonsﾠcold water for dressing
1/4 cupﾠminced, fresh scallions or cilantro or 1 1/2 tablespoonsﾠfreeze-dried shallot or onion flakes blended in with garlic above
Combine the salt or tamari, warm water, and peanut butter in blender, food processor, or a bowl with a whisk- blend until smooth. Add the vinegar (or lime), chipotle, garlic, and 2 to 4 tablespoons cold water and blend. If mixture appears thin, mix in ? cup additional peanut butter. Stir the scallions or cilantro in by hand.
Pour into a jar, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or freeze for 1 to 2 hours, until thick, before serving. Mixture will thicken in the fridge. If desired, thin with additional water. Freeze whatever you donﾒt plan to use within 10 days.
Chipotle chili peppers (capsicum annuum)