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How to store chipotle chilies in the refrigerator

how to store chipotle chilies

I’ve mentioned a few times on Instagram (and maybe here too?) that I took the advice of a reader and have been storing my chipotle chilies in the fridge instead of the freezer.

You guys have had some questions about that, though, so I thought a small post devoted to chipotles was in order.

What are chipotle chilies?

They’re spicy little peppers which are commonly sold in a small can, packed in adobo sauce.

how to store chipotle peppers in the refrigerator

My Aldi just started carrying these (near the tortillas), and you can also find them in the ethnic food aisle at your regular grocery store.

Chipotles in adobo sauce have a slightly sweet and smoky flavor to them, which means they add a very different flavor to a dish than, say, jalapenos.

how to store chipotle chilies

I’m kind of in love with them.

How do you use chipotles?

I use them in recipes like chicken enchiladas and chipotle chicken kebabs.

chipotle chicken kabobs with cilantro dipping sauce

I also mix them with sour cream to make a spicy topping for enchiladas or tacos, and I mix them with mayonnaise to make a spicy spread for cold sandwiches or for paninis.

Usually, recipes call for chopped chipotles, and since they’re pretty hot, a little goes a long way.

If you used a whole can in one dish, your mouth would be engulfed in flames, so that’s why it’s good to have a way to store the extra chilies.

How do you prepare them for fridge storage?

I open the can and dump the contents into my food processor, which I run until the chipotles are pretty much pureed.

Then I pour the whole mess into a little glass jar and keep it in my fridge.

how to store chipotle chilies in the refrigerator

The great thing about this method is that the chilies are chopped ahead of time, which makes them super handy to use in recipes.

Plus, since they’re so finely chopped, you don’t end up getting a big bite of chipotle when you sit down to eat your finished dish.

Don’t the chipotles go bad?

I’ve never had a batch go bad before.   There’s salt and vinegar in the canned chilies, and I think that helps preserve the pureed mixture.   I find that it’s a lot like storing BBQ sauce or ketchup…the shelf life in the fridge is really long.

That said, I love chipotles so much, I’ve never had a jar in my fridge for more than two months.

Alrighty.   I think that’s about all there is to say about chipotles!   Of course, if you have more questions, ask away in the comments, and I’ll answer.

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Jessica Fisher

Friday 15th of March 2024

Love this! Brilliant!


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Kristen, about how much would you use to start, for a not-too-hot recipe such as in a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise which would go on sandwiches?? Maybe?? 1/4 tsp?? 1/2 tsp?? I have no idea where to start with far as level of "hotness!" I like a toiuch of hot, not burn your face off spice...


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

I'd start with 1/4 teaspoon and then taste it to see how you feel. You can always add more if it's not spicy enough for you.


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Pretty sure it was me who suggested it. Yay! So glad it's worked for you!


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

I just got them at Aldi and I got a jar like yours at Michael's for $1.49, then 30% off with a coupon! LOVE your blog!


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Yay! I hope you love your chipotles. And I'm so glad you enjoy my blog.


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Great info. Grabbed a can when I ran to Aldi for milk today. Thanks!

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