Spice Things Up! Chipotle Paste from The Art of Chipotle

I stumbled across this product while shopping for the ingredients to make our Southwestern Pizza, and now I can't imagine life without it. This paste is as spicy and kicking as regular chiles en adobo, but without the mess or hassle of mincing up tiny chiles. To this I say, hello and welcome to my kitchen!

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The paste is made from just six ingredients: dried and smoked jalapeño peppers, tomato paste, water, vinegar, salt, and citric acid. It has the smooth consistency of barbecue sauce, making it easy to scoop out by the tablespoon and mix into any dish. One jar will also keep refrigerated for several years, though I'm guessing I'll be using it up long before then.

You can use this paste anytime a recipe calls for chiles en adobo - I'd start out with a teaspoon per chile called for in the recipe and build from there. So far, I've used it in that Southwestern Pizza, in a marinade for steak, and in a dipping sauce for roasted potatoes. I'm definitely looking forward to adding it to gazpachos this summer and building it into homemade BBQ sauces.

A 3-pack of this paste will set you back $19.50, which includes shipping. You can also find this on grocery store shelves all over the West Coast and Hawaii. (I found my jar at a Silicon Valley Safeway).

Chipotle Paste from The Art of Chipotle, $19.50 for a pack of three

Anyone else familiar with this paste?

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