A chipotle is a dried and smoked jalapeno pepper. The drying and smoking process gives it that dark color. Chipotle comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli, which means smoked chili. Its distinct flavor adds so much depth to any dish. In the recipe below, we use chipotle in adobo sauce to make the perfect shredded chicken tacos.
If you prefer your tacos to be less spicy, just use the adobo sauce itself. If you like more heat, put the entire can of the chipotles in adobo sauce into a blender and pulse until all the chilies are completely blended into the adobo. You can then use this blended version for extra heat. Start by seasoning the chicken generously with salt and pepper, then place into a gallon zip-lock back along with the onion, lime juice, cilantro and water. Close it up and store it in the freezer for up to two to three weeks. When you're ready to cook, simply pull it out of the freezer to thaw the night before, and then into the slow cooker it goes!