How to make “Chipotle” at home!
I’m not gonna lie…on those nights when I simply don’t feel like cooking one word pops into my mind – Chipotle. Their fresh and fast casual cuisine sometimes just hits the spot.
When I attended the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, they had an awesome booth set up in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. Handing out free tacos along the balmy, blue shores of Miami…not too shabby!
Not only were they passing out samples, the Chipotle representatives also handed out booklets with some of their coveted recipes! I couldn’t wait to get home and try them for myself. Lo and behold, the results were spot on! Let’s start with their famous guacamole. I think the key is the serrano chiles. They provide the perfect balance of flavor and heat create the signature taste we know and love from the restaurant.
1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large serrano chiles seeded, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
Using fork, mash avocado with lime juice in small bowl. Add cilantro, chopped onion, chopped garlic, serrano chiles and salt. Stir to combine.
I was also excited to try their salsa recipe. It specifically called for vine-ripened tomatoes, and I wanted to follow their method exactly! Once again, this simple recipe was a huge hit. I think the secret here is the dash of sugar. You can’t even taste it, but the subtle sweetness is there to balance the heat and salt.
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! Why not make “Chipotle at Home” to celebrate!
6 vine-ripened tomatotes
2 poblano chiles
1/2 a red onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Roast the poblano chiles on a grill or BBQ and let cool. Dice the tomatoes, poblano chiles, onion, and jalapenos. Combine all the ingredients and season to taste.
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