Chipotle Paste

by Buffy Owens

This condiment is one of my trusty staples that I keep on hand for a dash of pizzazz. It’s one of those key ingredients that can make any meal delicious. If ya’ wanna know a wee little secret, I kind of pride myself on being able to make a fantastic meal when it seems there is nothing in the refrigerator. And this Chipotle Paste is one of my secret weapons! Plus, it keeps for at least a month…longer if you freeze it.

Chipotle Paste

Pep up your next dish with the deliciously heated condiment. 


  • 8 Dried Chipotle Peppers
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 Pinches Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Walnuts


  1. Place the whole chipotles, place them in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let cook for 30 minutes, adding more water if you need to. 

  2. Once they have cooked, reserve the cooking liquid and remove the stems from the chipotles.

  3. Add 3 Tbs of the cooking liquid and all the ingredients to your food processor and blend, baby blend! You may need to add a bit more liquid to get your desired consistency.

  4. Refrigerate the paste in an airtight container and it should keep for at least 1 month.

Some Great Ways To Enjoy This Chipotle Paste…

There are so many ways to use a bit of this Chipotle goodness to spruce up your dish and make it delish. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it…but honestly it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

• Add to Mayonnaise for a Chipotle Aioli
• Add to beans, soups, and sauces of all sorts
• Garnish your Kale & Eggs with Avocado & small dollop of Chipotle goodness
• Try some in your guacamole

   So much more…