What would you do with…

We all know I’m a HUGE Penzeys fan. I received the Salad Lover’s 4 Jar gift box as a gift from my sister years ago and the rest is history. I buy all of my spices from Penzeys because I truly believe they have the best products. Their Customer Service is spectacular as well. They are all around a great company and I love giving them my business. Image from Penzeys Catalog

I order from their web site quite frequently and I recently decided that each time I place an order I am going to order a new spice to try. I figured that it would give me some inspiration to try some new flavors.

This time I bought Whole Red New Mexican Chipotle Pepper (Morita). Here is the description from Penzey’s web site:

Ripe, red jalapeño peppers that have been slowly wood-smoked, chipotle peppers are rich, smoky and hot (but not searing). Throughout Mexico and Central America, chipotle peppers, also known as moritas, are regarded as a versatile and necessary addition to many dishes. Commonly used to add a deep smoky flavor to traditional Mexican dishes, such as red chili sauce, the use of chipotle peppers has exploded with the popularity of American Southwest cooking. A dash of chipotle is a perfect addition to everything, from barbecue and breadsticks, to soup and salsa. Whole red chipotles are sweet and hot, fresh and pliable. Add whole to chili, tomato sauce, stew, beans and rice, or soak in oil, then chop (use the oil for smoky pepper flavor, too). Great for adding to tortilla chips, homemade pizza and spaghetti sauce.

Now…I’m not big into spicy and hot things. But there are some Chipotle flavored things that I do enjoy. Right now I’m loving on this Chipotle Ranch salad dressing that I picked up at the store. It packs a little bit of heat in there!  Pampered Chef has an awesome Chipotle Ranch Seasoning Mix that is out of this world.

So I figured this would be a good way to get me to try a little bit more heat in my recipes. If you had this “secret ingredient” that you had to use in a recipe, what would that recipe be? Inspire me!

I’m thinking of trying to come up with a delicious Chipotle Barbecue Sauce to eat in my favorite Chicken Enchiladas.

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  1. I have to admit, I was fearful of the chipotle until I had a dish with it in it and I was hooked. I use it for my pork tinga, my chipotle spiced short ribs and also a chipotle mayo. Just a little bit will give the right tinge of heat without burning you out of house and home 🙂 One of these days we really need to head to the Philly Penzys and do some shopping 🙂

  2. I should definitely try that Pork Tinga – mmm!

    And yes, just say the word and I’m there! 🙂 That store is like heaven. And it’s in such a cute little area!

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