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How to Store Leftover Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

I have quite a few recipes that require chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, but I do not have a single recipe that uses the entire can.  Most of the recipes I have call for 1-2 chipotles and/or a teaspoon or more of adobo sauce.  That leaves me with extra peppers and sauce.  To make sure the leftover peppers and sauce don't go bad before the next time I need them, I freeze them separately.

For the peppers, I remove any excess sauce and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze.  

For the sauce, I place a teaspoon in each well of a small ice cube tray (I found this one at The Container Store) and freeze.

Once they are completely frozen, I place them in labeled freezer bags until ready to use.  I find that the peppers are easier to chop in their frozen state.

Stay tuned for a recipe...


  1. brilliant! I always wind up throwing them out :(

  2. This is such a good idea!

    Usually when I have leftover chipotles in adobo, I put them in a food processor with mayonnaise, and use it as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries. Sooo delicious.

  3. Love this idea. I usually freeze mine all together in a container, but then I have to fight it with a knife to cut a chunk out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. @Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen

    Oh no, Maggie (of the second comment), not another delicious-sounding way for me to add more mayonnaise to my diet! Love it!

  5. Yeah, this is the way to do it! The other day I needed just a couple tablespoons of tomato paste, so I froze tablespoon dollops of the leftover for future use. Can't wait to get some adobos in the freezer.

  6. Great idea. I've just frozen the entire contents together. Yours is a much better idea. Thanks!

  7. FYI - chipotle peppers in adobe sauce are good up to 2 months in your fridge as long as you don't keep them in the metal can. But this is a great way to freeze them if you buy in bulk.



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