Chipotle Scrambled Eggs and Toast

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 dried chipotle pepper
1 Tbsp butter or oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 eggs
3 Tbsp milk or cream
1/2 tsp salt plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper
4 pieces of good sourdough or multigrain bread, or a couple of bagels


Put the chipotle in a small bowl and cover it with boiling hot water. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes, then take it out of the water. Cut it in half and remove the seeds if you want very little spiciness or leave the seeds if you’d like a little more heat. Chop it up.

Heat your butter or oil in a medium frying pan (nonstick works best for scrambling eggs) over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, whisk your eggs with the milk and salt and set to the side.

Stir the chipotle and the cherry peppers in with the onion and cook for about 2 more minutes. Put your bread in to toast. Then, turn the heat to medium low and pour the eggs over the vegetables. Stir, making sure to scrape up the cooked eggs from the bottom, for a couple of minutes until the eggs look just set and still a bit moist. Remove from the heat (the eggs will finish cooking from the heat already in them). Put your toast onto 2 plates then scoop the eggs onto the toast (or put it on the side if you prefer to have more control over your toast to egg proportions while you’re eating). Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. If you wish you could also sprinkle on some grated mozzarella or crumbled feta, but it doesn’t even need it. Pour yourselves some coffee or tea and enjoy.

Serves 2.