Chipotle Chicken Sliders

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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1 pound ground chicken or turkey
2-3 tablespoons chipotle chile, diced
handful of cilantro, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
slider or hamburger buns
arugula or lettuce
red onion white
cheddar cheese


Yield: 6 sliders or 4 regular-side burgers

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, chipotle, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper with your hands (yes it’s messy but who cares…you only live once), or a fork. Form the meat into 1-inch thick patties.

Fire up the grill or use a non-stick grill pan and cook the sliders thoroughly, about 3-4 minutes per side. Place sliders on buns or use lettuce if you’re looking to lose the carbs. Top with your favorite toppings such as arugula, lettuce, avocado, red onion and white cheddar cheese.