Make chipotle chic again.

Chipotle Chilaquiles

In the 1990s, the chipotle was king. It was the Sriracha of its day. But over the years, the smoky pepper was somewhat abandoned for cooler, hipper, spicier foods. It might not be the pepper of the moment anymore, but chipotle is still worthy of some attention. Here, ten recipes to make you feel like you’re back in 1995, when you just couldn’t get enough chipotle.

1. Chipotle-Braised Chicken Thighs with Poached Eggs

Chipotle-Braised Chicken Thighs with Poached Eggs
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Here, chef Jenn Louis braises chicken thighs and poaches eggs in a smoky tomato sauce reminiscent of Mexican tinga.

2. Chipotle-Garlic Edamame


Instead of pairing soybeans with the usual Asian flavors, this recipe calls for chipotle chiles (they add smoky flavor) and cumin.

3. Chipotle Chilaquiles

Chipotle Chilaquiles

This is a great way to use up leftover tortillas, chicken and cheese.

4. Chipotle Popcorn

Chipotle Popcorn

Add a little smokiness to your popcorn with ground chipotle and smoked paprika.

5. Smoky Chipotle and Bacon Guacamole

Bacon Guacamole

It doesn’t get much better than this crispy, salty, smoky guac.


Upgrade creamy guacamole with crispy bacon and richly flavorful chipotle.

6. Tequila-Chipotle Shrimp

Tequila-Chipotle Shrimp

Chef Deborah Schneider calls this easy, 12-minute dish "firing-squad shrimp" because it gets a little spice from a chipotle in adobo sauce.

7. Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Credit: © Christina Holmes

These supereasy chicken tacos from chef Alex Stupak are packed with tasty shredded thigh meat, tomatoes and spicy jalapenos.

8. Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

The warm and earthy flavors of chipotle add wonderful depth to these delicious chicken fajitas.

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9. Chipotle-Spiced Roasted Potato Salad

Chipotle-Spiced Roasted Potato Salad with Celery & Greek Yogurt

Take potato salad to smoky new heights by glazing baby potatoes with chipotle before roasting them.

10. Chipotle-Roasted Baby Carrots

A Recipe for Every Occasion
For this version of a stunning salad that Alex Stupak serves, baby carrots are roasted simply with smoky chipotles in adobo.
| Credit: Christina Holmes

For an easy but impressive side dish, roast carrots with canned chipotles in adobo.

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