Check out our guide to chipotle paste, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about what is harissa, gochujang and kimchi.

What is chipotle paste?

Chipotle paste is made from a purée of chipotle chillies – jalapeño chillies that have been smoked and dried. It usually includes ingredients such as onion, garlic, tomato purée, vinegar, spices, dried herbs and sugar. The paste originates from Mexico and can be used in a variety of ways, from stirring through soups and stews to coating meat and vegetables for roasting.

Where to buy chipotle paste

Cooks’ Ingredients Smoky Chipotle Paste, £1.85/95g, Waitrose

Santa Maria Chipotle Paste, £3.29/100g, Amazon

Chipotle chilli sauce, £6/140ml, olive shop
Swap your plain ketchup for this smoky sauce that blends chipotle paste with tomatoes and molasses to turn signature smoky chipotle into an intense sauce that works on burgers, in marinades or alongside a barbecue feast.

Chipotle paste recipes

Check out plenty more chipotle recipe inspiration here.

Tomato, chipotle and rice soup

This filling tomato soup really packs a punch, thanks to all that chipotle paste. Add plenty of fresh ginger for even more warmth.

Tomato, chipotle and rice soup

Crudités with chipotle aïoli

Chipotle paste is mixed with mayonnaise, garlic and chives to make a punchy dip to serve alongside fresh veg.

A wooden board on a grey stone background flled with vegetable crudités and a small pot of chipotle aïoli with red rippled through

Chipotle pulled chicken with slaw

Chipotle is a smoked dried chilli traditionally used in Mexican food. This recipe uses it to make chipotle pulled chicken with slaw, a dish that’s really easy, ready within an hour and under 500 calories.

Pulled Chicken Recipe

Smoky chipotle meatballs

The smoky, spicy flavour of these meatballs pair well with avocado, warm orzo and soured cream. The meatballs also make a great tortilla filling.

Smoky Chipotle Meatballs Recipe

Black bean slow-cooker chilli

Check out our easy slow-cooker chilli with black beans and fiery chipotle chilli paste. This is a low-calorie veggie recipe the whole family will love.

Chipotle Black Bean Chilli Recipe


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