I have to admit that I did not actually know what kind of pepper I was buying while purchasing a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It seemed like the perfect time to do a little research for this post. I discovered that chipotle peppers are smoked jalopeno peppers. Historians believe that the Aztecs were among the first peoples to smoke dry peppers for preservation. Typically, red jalopeno peppers (which are available in the fall) are smoked for several days until they resemble prunes. Even though they look extremely unappetizing, I love the flavor chipotles add to sauces and soups.
I have always been fascinated by history. In regards to food history, I find it very interesting to learn how foods travel to different parts of the world. Researchers credit Christopher Columbus for transporting smoked jalopeno peppers from Central America back to Spain. From the Iberian peninsula, the smoked delicacy spread throughout Europe. Today, chipotle peppers play a huge role in cuisine from Mexico and the Southwestern Unites States.
In this recipe, the sweetness of fresh ripe peaches perfectly balances the heat of chipotle peppers and habanero pepper infused honey. I love adding espresso to BBQ sauce to build another layer of flavor. This recipe is simple, fast and crafted from staples you probably have in your pantry. Peach Chipotle Espresso BBQ Sauce is a wonderful condiment for topping grilled vegetables, rice, and vegetarian tacos. Its flavors pair nicely with sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers.
Peach Chipotle Espresso BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes (or 1 15 oz. can)
- 4 shots espresso (or 1 cup of strong coffee)
- 6-8 canned chipotle peppers
- 2 fresh peaches sliced
- 1 tbsp honey (I like to use haberno infused honey. Substitute sugar if vegan)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- salt and chili powder to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 15 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool a few minutes. Transfer to a blender and process until smooth.