Chipotle in Adobo is a great pantry item. Smoked, dried chipotle chilies are stewed in adobo sauce until they are soft, then jarred or canned. They make food deliciously smokey without using a shred... of smoked meat, like in this Chipotle Greens recipe. They make these powerfully spicy greens not only taste great, but offer wonderfully healthy way to update a southern classic.
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Season with a sprinkle of salt and reduce to medium low heat and allow to cook slowly until onions and garlic begin to brown.
Stir chipotle into onions and garlic. Allow to cook 2 minutes until the onions have taken on a reddish color.
Add the kale and collard greens. Cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt and serve.
Recipe by Peter Schoemer, Drexel Food Lab
Note: the chipotle peppers lend both heat and smoke without the use of more traditional smoked meats like ham hocks or turkey tails.
If you are worried about the chilies making the greens being too spicy, scrape out any seeds from the chilies before chopping them and use more adobo sauce than chilies. You’ll get the smokiness without so much heat. Freeze any leftover chilies in adobo for another use.