Centuries ago, Mexican Indians smoked and
dried red jalapeņo peppers for several days
over embers of aromatic woods, creating a
pepper with a unique, smoked flavor --
known in Mexico as Chipotle.
available by the ounce.
Christopher Columbus brought chili peppers back
to spain after his second voyage to the West Indies
1492-1504. But peppers had been used for 9000
years in Mayan and Aztec cultures of South America.
Capsaicin is the name of the chemical that makes
Chili Peppers HOT.
Chipotle is a native Mexican word for a
smoked, dried red jalapeno pepper. While jalapenos
are themselves smokey-flavored, chipotles are more
so, with complex mellowness and less bite.
Chipotle Garlic Mayonnaise (Dip)
1 oz of Chipotle
Garlic Cloves to taste
8 oz of your favorite mayonnaise
Blend all ingredients and seasoning
with salt & pepper to your taste.
Goat Cheese Spread
8 oz of Goat Cheese
1 oz of Chipotle, broken into pieces
1 tablespoon of vinegar
Blend all ingredients. use as spread
with your favorite bread or as a base for pasta.
Chicken Chipotle Soup
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup canned chickpeas (no juice)
1 chipotle pepper, seeded and finely
chopped (it's easiest to get these smoked
jalapenos in cans, then wash off the sauce they're in)
pinch of oregano
Garnish: 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
and 1 chopped avocado
Heat the stock in a large saucepan, then
stir in the chicken, rice, chickpeas, chipotle
pepper, and oregano. Let simmer for 5-10
minutes, until all ingredients are heated through.
To serve, ladle into bowls and top with
cheese and avocado.
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