I had never used chipotles en adobo– the canned chipotle peppers. For years I saw recipes that called for it and looked once at the store and couldn’t find it so I stopped trying those recipes. But I figured I could find them now at my local grocery store in the Hispanic section and I decided it was time to try them.
What I didn’t anticipate is that because of another ethnic group, the Hispanic foods have been squeezed out at my local Smith’s. I won’t reveal the other group– I think they do deserve space- but I am quite honestly baffled because Mexican food is very popular right now.
That meant I was off to Walmart (I kept hoping Target would have them because I was going there but I wasn’t so lucky) where I stocked up on several cans so I wouldn’t have to go back to Walmart any time soon.
Of course I bought several cans not knowing what they tasted like. I wasn’t disappointed: I loved the smoky flavor. I felt like I was eating BBQ sauce with a kick.
Recently I bought my second Rick Bayless cookbook and this was the first recipe that I tried. I served it with diced baked potatoes but next time (and Greg has assured me there should be a second time) I’ll do mashed potatoes. The meatballs are easy to make and the sauce could be used for a variety of dishes.
Find the recipe here.