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Easy Chipotle Pepper Tamale Sauce

Easy Chipotle Pepper Tamale Sauce

This recipe for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce from a can is easy to make and produces a smoky and spicy sauce in just under 3 hours.

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Easy Chipotle Pepper Tamale Sauce

This quick and easy sauce is made with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Author atteberryr


  • 1 7 or 8oz Can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 28 oz Crushed or diced Tomatoes San Marzano are the best!
  • 1 tbs Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 cloves Finely diced garlic
  • 1/2 each Onion diced
  • 1/2 each Poblano Pepper Diced (Can substitute with a sweet pepper for less spice)
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 1/2 tbs oregano
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter


  1. Dice up the onions, pepper, and garlic. Add the butter to a sauce pan and melt on medium heat. Add the onion and peppers and cook until soft. (Around 5 mins) Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minuet. 

  2. Add in the canned tomatoes and all contents of the canned Chipotle peppers with the sauce. Stir gently.

  3. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and oregano. Stir and bring to a boil then bring down to a simmer. Simmer on low for two hours. 

  4. After the two hours are up, turn off the burner and let sauce cool. Once your sauce is cooled down, use a stick blender or food processor to blend into a smooth sauce. Pour your sauce into a mason jar or other container and place into the refrigerator. This sauce will later be mixed with your Killer Pork Tamale Filling. 

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