Sweet Pickled Chipotles, Just Like the Pilgrims Ate

By • November 10, 2013 • 6 Comments



Author Notes: Very lightly adapted from Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen. A note on the chipotles: Bayless recommends "the cranberry-red chiles called chipotle colorado or morita" but adds that the brown chipotle mecos will work too.Nicholas Day

Makes 4 cups

  • 4 ounces chipotle chiles
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 4 sprigs fresh marjoram (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and halved
  • 2 teaspoons salt, approximately
  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the chiles with water and bring to a full boil. Then drain off the water, cover the chiles with warm tap water (put a plate on top to keep them submerged), and let them soak for 10 minutes. Drain, cover again with warm water, and soak for another 10 minutes. Then drain most of the water (but not every last bit) and transfer the chiles to a large jar. (Don't squish them in like sardines; they'll need some elbow room.)
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a saucepan with 1 1/4 cups of water. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Pour the mixture over the chiles in the jar and stir, nudging the garlic and herbs down toward the chiles. The chiles should be completely submerged; if they're not, add equal amounts of vinegar and water. Taste for salt (it should be slightly salty), cover, and refrigerate for a day or more before serving.
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8 months ago Sabrina

That is, adding the word "dried" would be redundant.

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8 months ago Sabrina

Chipotles are always dried, but you can purchase them reconstituted in a sauce. Canned reconstituted chipotles can be purchased at my local Giant; I have to go to a Hispanic market to obtain dried chiles.

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8 months ago Chickenfog

Chipotles are not always dried. It would be helpful is you specified in the ingredients. Just add the word "dried". :)

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8 months ago Steven Begg

Looks delicious. Can these be canned? Are they acidic enough?

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8 months ago Helens

So would you use dried chipotles for this? Sorry, I'm from the UK where 'mexican food' means a fahita kit.

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8 months ago Nicholas Day

Yep! Chipotles are just smoked and dried jalapenos.