Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chipotle and Orange Sauce

Cinzia from Cindystar is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've sought something spicy in the form of Chipotle Peppers.

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce© by Haalo

These are dried and smoked jalapeno chillies and are canned in a spiced tomato and vinegar sauce. Inside the can they look like this

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce© by Haalo

They look quite fiery, don't they?

These chillies are the main ingredient in this recipe for a Chipotle glaze from the December edition of Gourmet Traveller.  Now, my first attempt resulted in something that you couldn't eat without blowing your mouth off so I have fiddled with the recipe to try to make it somewhat more enjoyable. I've upped both the sugar and orange content as the orange flavour was totally lost in the original.

Chipotle and Orange Sauce© by Haalo

Chipotle and Orange Sauce

1 small red onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, halved
100 grams tinned chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
300 grams chopped cooking tomatoes
120 grams dark brown sugar
finely grated rind of 1 orange
2 cups orange juice
1 cup chicken stock

Drizzle a little oil in a heavy based saucepan and place over a low heat - add the onion and sauté slowly until just starting to colour. Add in the garlic and cook until they have softened. Finally add in the chillies, tomatoes, brown sugar, orange rind, orange juice and stock and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Let this simmer very slowly, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened - I found this took about 1½ to 2½ hours.

Let it cool before placing it into a blender/processor - blend until smooth. Store this is a non-reactive, sealable container in the fridge.

I've served this sauce as a companion to steak and I've also had good results roasting chicken portions that had first been basted with the sauce.


  1. think it's so funny we both made chipotle sauces for WHB this week!

    i always find we're attracted to the same recipes and ingredients. it's so strange and it's been happening for years!

    kind of nice to know there's someone out there just like you :)

  2. I just commented in Anna's recipe that I never tasted chipotle before, but now, after 2 informative posts about it, I must give a try!
    I will ask my dear friend Paola if she has some, she sows every year various kind of chili plants, getting beautiful harvest at the end of Summer then!
    thank you, haalo, for this lovely dip!

  3. It is funny Anna especially considering the particular ingredient - must be some type of psychic connection, that is the only explanation :)

    Thanks Cinzia - hopefully you'll grow some for you!


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