Beef and Potato Salad with Smoky Chipotle (Salpiccon de Res al Chipotle)

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

Suggested Use:
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.

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3/4 pound stewing beef (preferably from the chuck), cut into 1-inch cubes
3 (about 3/4 pounds) medium-size boiling potatoes, cut into roughly 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 to 3 canned chipotle chiles (soaked in 1 cup very hot water till soft),stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small red onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
1 medium, ripe avocado, pitted, flesh scooped from the skin and cut into 1/4-inch pieces


Scoop the beef into a medium saucepan, cover it generously with water, add 2 teaspoons salt and set over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low. Skim off the grayish foam that rises during the first few minutes of simmering. Partially cover and simmer until the meat is fall-apart tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

With a slotted spoon, remove the meat to a plate to cool. Scoop the potatoes into the meat broth (if there isn’t enough to cover the potatoes, add water) and simmer over medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Use the slotted spoon to scoop the potatoes into a medium bowl, sprinkle with vinegar. Break the up the meat into coarse shreds and stir it into the potatoes, along with the chipotles, onion and olive oil. Let cool completely, then taste and season with salt if you think necessary. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, scoop the mixture into a wide serving bowl and mix in the avocado.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups, enough for 15 tostadas, serving 15 as a nibble or light appetizer.

Adapted from recipe by Rick Bayless.