Deliciously smokey, chipotle chilli is a substitute for ham in vegetarian soups. (LGE PKT)
Other Common Names: Aji, Red Pepper. Botanical Names: Mild Chillies: (Capsicum annuum) Hot Chillies: (Capsicum frutescens) Fruity Chillies: (Capsicum baccatum) Extra Hot Chillies: (Capsicum chinense) Hairy Leaved Chillies:(Capsicum pubescens)
Description & Use: There are literally hundreds of different chillies, all of which descend from the original ones discovered by the Spanish when they found the Americas. Prior to this chillies were unknown to the rest of the world. The warming bite and delicious capsicum taste of chilli was warmly embraced by nearly every nation on earth, thus we find some form of capsicum or chilli in nearly every cuisine. Dried chillies have a very different flavour to fresh ones, as upon drying a caramelization of the sugars takes place which creates a delicious, robust taste not found in fresh chillies, in the same way a sun-dried tomato has a more complex flavour profile than a fresh one.
Chilli Chipotle: A delicious smoked, dried jalapeno. Use in soups, stews and casseroles. Vegetarians find them an excellent substitute for ham in vegetable soup. Heat level: 6 out of 10. Produce of Mexico packed in Australia.
Chipotle Chilli in Adobo Sauce Recipe:
7 to 10 medium-sized dried chipotle chillies, stems removed
1/3 cup sliced onion
5 tbsp cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups water
Combine all of the ingredients in a pan with 3 cups of water. Cover and cook over very low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the chilies are very soft and the liquid has been reduced to 1 cup. This recipe will keep for several weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.