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Did someone say bacon? Chipotle bacon BBQ sauce is a great finish sauce for so many dishes, it can even be used as a dip for potato wedges or grilled vegetables. It’s slightly spicy, sweet and has a rich depth of flavor thanks to everyone’s favorite pork… bacon. Today, I have a fabulous carne asada taco recipe because the weather is amazing, it’s still Summer and I love cooking outdoors. If you like Mexican food, chances are you enjoy a bit of caliente and if you do, this sauce is for you. It’s a perfect topping to add some heat on top of the tacos because it packs a little spicy punch.
Fusion cuisine is all the rage now and my favorite is good ‘ole American BBQ and Mexican. I’ve taken BBQ sauce and given it a Mexican flare by using La Morena chipotle peppers in adobo sauce as well as their pickled jalapeños. If you haven’t cooked with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce then you simply must try this recipe!
Chipotle peppers are marinated in a spicy, tangy adobo sauce that is a mix of tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices and no one does it better than La Morena. With La Morena you can add authentic Latino flavors to all sorts of traditional American BBQ dishes and all La Morena products can be found in the Hispanic foods aisle at your local Walmart.
The sauce takes about 20 minutes from start to finish so you can whip this up anytime you need a quick BBQ sauce. The sauce is started by cooking bacon (I know, any recipe that starts this way is always good!), onions and garlic. Then the La Morena chipotle peppers, pickled jalapeños, tomato sauce, honey and apple cider vinegar are added. The sauce is then simmered for 10 minutes to soften the vegetables. As you can see, it’s a bit chunky so I allow the sauce to cool a little before I process it and transfer it to sealed jars.
There is so much flavor packed into this sauce and it’s so easy to make, you could make up a large batch and keep it refrigerated for all those times you need a zippy, zesty sauce.
A taco bar is great when you’re entertaining because you can just set out all the components and let your guests build their own.
How do you like to use your favorite BBQ sauce?
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 slices bacon finely chopped
- 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 1 chipotle pepper with sauce from a can of La Morena chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped * see note
- 2 tablespoons La Morena pickled jalapeno peppers chopped
- 1 - 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Add the bacon to a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until the fat is rendered and bacon cooked.
Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve the oil.
With the heat still on medium, add the chopped onions to the oil and cook until softened.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the chopped chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, jalapeños, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar and honey, stir well.
Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.
Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. ** see note
Allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a food processor or blender with the cooked bacon.
Blend until smooth.
Transfer to sterilized jars with lids and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
** The bacon is salty so you may not need to add any salt.