Chipotle Adobo Sauce

Homemade Chipotle Adobo Sauce, The Mexican ketchup, made from scratch, for all of your summer barbecue recipes. Gluten free.

Chipotle Adobo Sauce

Chipotle Adobo Sauce, dried chipotle peppers cooked with aromatics, vinegar, and spices to make a thick, lush, smokey sauce which is used many ways in cooking. For it's versatility, I call it the Mexican Ketchup. Use it in BBQ, roasted chicken, slather on burgers, make taco sauce, pasta sauce or a spicy salad dressing. Gluten free, and vegan (when using vegan ketchup).. This is a magic sauce which everyone should make at home at-least once. 

Today's post will give you option to make Chipotle Adobo Sauce at home with easy pantry ingredients and a super simple  2-step recipe. (check complete list of recipes to cook with Adobo Sauce at end of post)

Chipotle Peppers and Adobo Sauce

If you are new to Chipotle Peppers or Chipotle Adobo Sauce, let me first introduce you to this flavor-ful ingredient.

Chipotle Peppers are ripe dried jalapeno peppers. The fully ripened Jalapenos are smoked and dried which is known as chipotle peppers. (peppers are deep dark red due to smoke). Smoky flavor is signature of Chipotle Peppers. Ground or cooked into a sauce, if you know chipotle, you can find it's fruity smokey flavor in any chipotle dish. 

Chipotle in Adobo Sauce is dried jalapenos, chipotle peppers simmered with aromatics, herbs, and seasonings to make Adobo sauce. Adobo is one of The most famous way of preserving smoked dried jalapenos. 

Homemade Chipotle in Adobo Sauce

Does this look delicious or what?

Homemade Adobo Sauce

All these year, I used canned Chipotle Adobo Sauce and I love it. (not kidding) I was happy with store bought version homemade sauce recipe was on my to-try list since long. Sometime ago, I started buying dried chipotle peppers instead of canned adobo sauce. I came across a store which sold dried chipotle by pound and once I bought a bag... (glad I did) I dreamed adobo sauce until I made a few times. 

My family loves the homemade version so much that dishes like Chipotle Shrimp is on our dinner menu almost every week.

Honeslty, there were three reasons to make chipotle sauce at home:

1) Passion to make homemade sauce. My Chipotle Recipe collection speak for itself. I can never have enough of it. In my books, if you like an ingredient this much you should know about it more, what is it, how to prepare from scratch at home.

2) CDH Reader's Request: Few of CDH readers asked for a homemade adobo sauce. With this recipe, I'm keeping the promise.

3) Convenience and Good Quality: Make as-much as you like with quality ingredients. That's the point behind starting the CDH blog. Homemade is better in so many ways. Now, sometimes I double the recipe and refrigerate. It keeps well for 2-3 weeks. Sometimes, I even half the recipe if I need just for 1-2 dishes. Dried chipotle peppers keep forever. These day, I never have to make a run to store when planning a chipotle recipe. I just grab few peppers and make my own sauce when I want and how much I want.

Easy! Isn't it?

Chipotle Adobo Sauce recipe is so easy, once you try.. You will wonder why you never made at home. Buy a pack of dried chipotle pepper, rest ingredients for chipotle adobo sauce will be in your pantry (100% guranteed). Ketchup, vinegar, some  spices, garlic and onion. Once you make auce at home, I also gurantee you would want homemade-only. Honestly, it is a great condiment and fairly easy to prepare to not try once.

Mexican Ketchup - Chipotle Peppers with Adobo Sauce

How to use Adobo Sauce:

Once, the mile stone of making homemade adobo sauce is done. There are SO many ways to use it. Honestly, CDH is the blog to look for Adobo Sauce Recipes. 0+ recipes to offer (all featuring amazing Chipotle Adobo Sauce) and growing.

I'm sharing few of my top recipes here. For a complete list follow link - Chipotle Recipes.

1) Chipotle Braised Tofu
2) Chipotle Margarita
3) Chipotle Barbacoa
4) Chipotle Cream Sauce Pasta
5) Chipotle Chicken Tikka Masala
6) Chipotle Burrito Sauce

Delicious Adobo Sauce of Chipotle Peppers

Wish you all a great weekend. I'm on a pretty long weekend this week which started Wednesday -O:). (more on this later.)


Try these new recipes with Homemade Chipotle Adobo:

Roasted Cauliflower Chipotle Tofu Veggie Bowl Chicken Burrito Bowl (Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker) Chipotle Shrimp with Avocado Sauce Zucchini Noodles

Chipotle Adobo Sauce

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Chipotle Adobo Sauce
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Mexican () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 1 Cup Sauce - Serves: 8
Nutrition: 50 calories per serving (Cook time is mostly idle time. Doesn't need much attention when cooked on slow.)



  • 1. In a wide deep sauce pan (that can hold 5 cup liquid) add de-stemmed chipotle dried pepper followed by all ingredients listed in the ingredient list - vinegar, oregano, garlic, onion, salt, *ketchup, bay leaf and other **spices (optional, **read notes). Mix with 3 cups of water.
  • 2. Place on stove and bring to boil. Reduce heat of to medium low and simmer for 1 hour or until the liquid has reduced to about 1 cup or 1 cup and 1/4.
  • 3. Chipotle will be very soft by this time. Transfer the contents to seal-able jar. Pick and discard any whole spices - bay leaf etc. Let it come to room temperature, then refrigerate. Taste best when used after a day. It gets better with time. Stays god in refrigerator for a 3-4 weeks. Additional Notes: Hot cooked sauce won't resemble thick chiptole adobo sauce yet. Let it marinate for a day for a full flavor and thick lush delicious adobo sauce.
Savita's Notes:

*Use good quality tomato ketchup, freshest possible. You can mellow the flavor of sauce with a tablespoon agave syrup.

**Spices: Optional. You can add 1/2 tsp cumin powder (seeds roasted and ground), 1/4 tsp all-spice, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder for spiced adobo sauce.


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5 Responses

  1. How would one go about smoking the ripe and dried jalapenos?
  2. Can I home can this in a water-bath processing method?
    This sauce is perfect for canning. Water bath method sealed tightly will work perfectly.
  3. yum this sauce looks delicious. we love chillies in this household cheers sherry
    Sherry, our love for chilies is certainly mutual. I'm glad you like my chipotle sauce. It is darn delicious for sure.