Thursday, January 5, 2012

How to make a Chipotle Mayonnaise

This has to be one of my favorite homemade condiment recipes. It's really easy to make and it is crazy delicious, not to mention flexible. The chipotles in adobo used in this recipe are very spicy and they carry a nice smoky flavor because of the adobo sauce. Now, you might not like spicy food but that is okay since you can water down the spiciness with more mayo, omit one of the peppers or not add the adobo sauce if you want. The main trick to making this tasty to you is slowly adding the peppers and sauce one at a time until you find your desired spiciness.

As always, canned chipotles in adobo might be hard to find in your local supermarket, but believe me they are there. If your store has a Mexican specialties section look around where the canned green chilies are and they should be near by. If you don't have a Mexican specialties section in your store, try looking where all the salsa and taco stuff is. I've canvased a good amount of the stores in the capital region and I've found that more often than not, they do have canned chipotles in adobo.

As far as what you can use this recipe with, you can literally replace this with any condiment, including mayo. I like dipping fries in this and in my next post, you'll see that I use this with a salmon salad sandwich.

Chipotle Mayo:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 to 3 chipotles canned chipotles in adobo sauce
1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from the can, or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add mayo to a food processor along with lime juice and one pepper. Process thoroughly. Taste the mayonnaise.
2. After tasting the mayonnaise, add the adobo and other chipotles until you like the heat of the sauce, processing after each addition. Add the salt and pepper to taste and mix.
3. Reserve the sauce for your desired uses.

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