I love experimenting with recipes. Starting out with just an idea or an ingredient you like and soon you find yourself racing down rabbit holes like Alice chasing her next fix. Where you end up you never know, you are just pursuing a flavor profile that may or may not actually exist. That’s the story with this chipotle chip dip recipe. I initially began making a soup using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce but I was soon craving to go deeper.
It was my first time tasting chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and I was hooked. Deep smoky flavors and a healthy hit of heat; I didn’t know they could pack that much flavor into a little 7oz can. Quickly my mind raced with additional possibilities to feature these delicious roasted peppers.
The first rabbit hole I found myself venturing down paid off. It led to this chipotle chip dip. Perfectly creamy, a little smoky, and completely addicting! I figured a chip dip using the mild flavors of cream cheese and sour cream would be the perfect canvass to feature the great flavors of chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. It took me a few attempts over the course of a couple years to get the right blend of cream cheese and sour cream, but I am pretty happy with the final results. The dip has plenty of body, but there is enough sour cream to lighten it up sufficiently for dipping.
The second rabbit hole the intoxicating taste of these peppers led me into was more reminiscent of the Jefferson Airplane song. My vision of a baked cheesy chipotle chicken dip turned out to be nothing more than a bad hallucination. In reality, my attempt at that hot dip lacked flavor and the requisite deliciously gooey cheesiness. It will take a few more tweaks before you ever see that on FoxValleyFoodie.com.
Making chip dips are easy for even the most novice home cook. There is no cooking or baking involved. You just need to mix ingredients. If you need a good serving vessel for your new concoction I recommend checking out this party set by Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo. I own multiple pieces of glassware from Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo and I can’t recommend it enough.
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Chipotle Chip Dip Recipe
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced
- 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
- 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Soften cream cheese in microwave so it can be easily stirred.
- Combine all remaining ingredients and serve.
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