What Should I Do with an Open Can of Chipotle Chiles?

Are you guilty of letting an open can of chipotles fester away in the back of the fridge? With this easy tip, never again!

Published Feb. 24, 2023.

Canned chipotles in adobo are one of those magical back-pocket ingredients that make quick, flavorful dinners a cinch. 

They’re convenient and affordable, and they pack a real punch: Chipotles are smoked jalapeños, so they have a strong smoky heat, and they’re canned with an aromatic tomato and vinegar–based adobo sauce, which adds another dimension of flavor. 

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But since chipotles are so potent, recipes rarely call for using more than a couple at a time. So what to do with the rest of that can?

How to Store Chipotle Chiles

First, as soon as I open a can of chipotles, I dump the whole thing in a food processor and blitz it up (I got sick of scrubbing that bright orange oil out of my cutting boards after mincing individual chiles). Then, after using what I need, I store the rest for later use: If I think I’ll get to it within a week or so, I scoop the paste into a Mason jar and store it in the fridge. And if not, I freeze it in tablespoon-size dollops on a parchment paper–lined plate and then transfer the frozen blobs to a jar to store in the freezer longer term. 


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