Chipotles are pretty darn spicy! Soak whole dried chiles in hot water and then remove the seeds and as much white membrane as possible. Most of the chemical that sets our mouths on fire is in these seeds and membranes. You can be add them back into your cooking a little at a time to control the heat. Use chipotle powder and minced chipotles en adobo very conservatively at first and add more as you like.
Of course, the real draw for us is the smoky flavor. Just a little chipotle in any of its forms makes dishes taste like they've been roasting over hot coals for hours. Soups, sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes, egg dishes, and pasta salads all benefit!
Here are a few recipes with chipotles to tempt your taste buds:
• Giant Chipotle White Beans from 101 Cookbooks
• Zuni Rolls with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce from Epicurious
• Avocado Chipotle Burgers from Barbeque Lovers
• Chipotle-Orange Pulled Pork from the LA Times
• Chipotle Flourless Chocolate Cake from Simply Recipes
What other kinds of recipes do you recommend?