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20 Recipes To Use up a Can of Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

Don't waste any smoky, spicy chipotles or the adobe sauce they're packed in.

<p>Simply Recipes / Ross Yoder</p>

Simply Recipes / Ross Yoder

Chipotle chile peppers are jalapeño peppers that hang on the plant, ripening until they turn red. Right after harvest, the peppers are slowly smoked over mesquite, removing all moisture and adding a smoky flavor.

These chiles are often sold in cans, swimming in adobo sauce. If you don't use up the entire can at once, refrigerate the leftovers for up to one week, or freeze them. When you want to use those leftovers, turn to these 20 recipes that use chipotle peppers. Several of the recipes also use the sauce in the can so you don't waste any of the smoky, spicy goodness.

Read More: What Are Chipotle Peppers?

Chipotle Chicken Chowder

<p>Simply Recipes / Ross Yoder</p>

Simply Recipes / Ross Yoder

Break out your favorite soup pot and make this smoky chicken chowder that you can make as mild or hot as your taste buds desire. The canned chipotles in adobo sauce are the star of the soup that's also full of corn (fresh or frozen), chicken, onion, tomato, and potatoes.

Recipe Uses: 4 chipotle peppers and 2 tablespoons adobo sauce

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Chipotle Meatballs

<p>Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer</p>

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

Ground pork, bacon, and chipotle powder add tons of flavor to these meatballs. The sauce brings even more bold flavors with chipotle chiles. You control the heat, adding one to three, depending on how you like it.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 3 chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to taste

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Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls

Coco Morante
Coco Morante

This dupe of fast food takeout made in the Instant Pot is even better than its restaurant counterpart. The chicken is sweet (from honey) and spicy (from the chiles), and the rice with jalapeños is a little spicy, too,

Recipe Uses: 2 chipotle peppers

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Chipotle Turkey Pozole

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Pozole (or posole) is a traditional Mexican soup made with hominy. This version uses turkey (great for using up leftovers), chipotle chile, tomatoes, and spices in turkey broth. Offer toppings such as cabbage, avocado, radishes, and cotija cheese.

Recipe Uses: 1/4 to 1/2 cup minced chipotle peppers

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Spicy Bloody Maria Cocktail

Alison Bickel
Alison Bickel

A Bloody Maria swaps tequila for a Bloody Mary's vodka and this version uses chipotle pepper to spice it up. It's the perfect breakfast for brunch cocktail for sipping with breakfast tacoshuevos rancheros, or chilaquiles.

Recipe Uses: 1 chipotle pepper

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Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Nick Evans
Nick Evans

Sweet and spicy, cook chicken in the slow cooker with honey, tomato sauce, onion, spices, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. It makes for a tasty taco filling to top with your favorite toppings. Leftovers freeze well for a second meal.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 3 chipotle peppers and 1 to 2 tablespoons adobo sauce

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Chipotle Burger

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

These burgers with a spicy kick mix of chipotle peppers and adobo sauce with ground beef, onions, and seasonings. Grill, top with Jack cheese, avocado, hot sauce, cilantro, and optional poblano peppers.

Recipe Uses: 2 to 4 chipotle peppers and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

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Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This pumpkin soup has Southwestern flavors from the addition of chipotle peppers and cumin. Use fresh, cooked pumpkin or canned pumpkin purée. Top the creamy soup with pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and crema fresca.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 2 chipotle peppers

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Pork and Poblano Stew

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This hearty fall soup gets heat from both poblano and chipotle chiles. Cube pork shoulder and brown it, then build the stew that also contains sweet potatoes and corn. It's an amazing blend of flavors.

Recipe Uses: 1 chipotle chili

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Enfrijoladas with Black Beans, Avocado, and Cotija

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

Blend garlic, onion, beans, chipotle, lime juice, cumin, salt, and water to create the sauce needed for enfrijoladas, sauce-soaked corn tortillas folded in half and topped with cotija cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

Recipe Uses: 1 chipotle pepper

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Chipotle Salsa Baked Chicken

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

The peppers and adobo sauce go into the spicy salsa you create to spread over chicken before baking in a casserole dish. Add cheese at the end. Serve as a main course or over rice or pasta.

Recipe Uses: 2 chipotle peppers and 1 teaspoon adobo sauce

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Chipotle

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Roast the tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, and onions then purée them with chipotle chiles. Add chicken stock and simmer. It's easy and so much better than canned soup. Great on its own or with its best friend, grilled cheese.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 2 chipotle peppers

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Copycat Sofritas

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Tofu-based and slightly spicy, this recipe is similar to the one at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Use it instead of chicken, beef, or other animal protein in tacos, burritos, bowls, and more.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 3 chipotle peppers and 3 tablespoons adobo sauce

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Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Smoky, spicy, and rich in flavor, this sauce was created to go with red meat, beef (like brisket), venison, or bison. Let it simmer low and slow so the flavors concentrate.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 4 chipotle peppers

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Sweet Potato White Bean Dip

Erin Alderson
Erin Alderson

Looking for something a little different to dip your chips and veggies in? This dip has roasted sweet potatoes and white beans, plus a smoky kick from the chipotles.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 2 chipotle peppers

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Burnt Cheese Tacos

<p>Simply Recipes / Sara Tane</p>

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Tortillas with cheese—melty on the inside and crisp on the outside—get a kick from a sauce you make with chipotle chiles. Besides being delicious, this dish is super fast to make, too.

Recipe Uses: 2 tablespoons chipotle pepper

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Spicy Orange Marinated Chicken

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

Marinate chicken thighs overnight in an orange juice-based marinade seasoned with chipotle chiles, onion, garlic, and seasonings, quickly whizzed together in a food processor. The flavorful chicken cooks on the stovetop in just 20 minutes.

Recipe Uses: 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

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Spicy, Citrusy Black Beans

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Black beans are a great addition to Taco Tuesday. They have layers of chipotle flavor that are balanced with orange, lime, and cilantro. Control the level of spice by customizing how many peppers you use.

Recipe Uses: 1 to 2 teaspoons puréed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

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Turkey Tortilla Soup

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This soup is easy to make, especially if you have leftover turkey. Canned fire-roasted tomatoes and chicken stock from the base to which you add turkey, onion, garlic, and chiles. Like any good Tex-Mex soup, this one comes with plenty of topping options, too.

Recipe Uses: 4 teaspoons adobo sauce

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Honey Chipotle Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Nick Evans
Nick Evans

Roast Brussels sprouts in the oven, then add a sauce made with chipotle chile peppers, adobe sauce from the can, and honey at the end of the roasting time. It's a side dish that goes with everyday dinners as well as the holiday turkey.

Recipe Uses: 2 chipotle peppers and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

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