Green Beans in Creamy Chipotle Sauce

In my garden, my Scarlet Red runner beans are blooming (photo below, left), and my heirloom Calypso already have a few pods (photo below, right):

At my local supermarkets, large bags of fresh green beans are available right now, so I got one. Green beans are better the sooner they are processed, so I washed them, trimmed the ends and sliced them into one-inch long sections.  Since it was far too much to use at once, I added them to a pot of boiling water (photo below, left) and let them cook, at high heat to keep them rolling (photo below, right):

After a few minutes, when the beans had turned a bright tone of green, I removed them from the heat, rinsed them in cold water and let them drain in a colander:

20190716_rinsed and drained blanched green beans

I divided 2-cup batches into freezer bags to store for future use, reserving two cups for this recipe, which is my interpretation of a side dish I enjoyed at a restaurant in Mexico, as I mentioned in my previous post.

Green Beans in Creamy Chipotle Sauce –

Ejotes en crema con chipotle

Printable recipe: Green Beans in Creamy Chipotle Sauce


2 cups green beans; washed, trimmed and cooked (as above)
½ cup Mexican style cream (or sour cream mixed with 2 tbsp milk)
Liquid from canned chipotles in adobo sauce, to taste (see below)
½ onion; peeled, chopped
1 tbsp oil
Salt, to taste

Many Mexican families always have a can of chipotles in adobo sauce in the house, stored in the fridge in a container with lid, ready to place on the table as a condiment, or to scoop into dishes and antojitos (little cravings, snacks). They have become easier to find at local supermarkets in Canada, a reflection of the increasing popularity of Mexican cuisine; I found this brand at an international market:

003 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Note: If not available, some large companies such as Red Hot™ have added a chipotle flavour to their lines, or use another bottled red sauce, preferably smoky.

Add a spoonful of the liquid to the cream, mixing thoroughly; taste, and keep adding more, one spoonful at a time, until it reaches the right level of hotness, according to personal taste:

004 add a spoonful of adobo at the time

Once it reaches the right hotness, stir until uniform and smooth:

005 creamy chipotle sauce

Reserve creamy sauce.  In a large frying pan, warm up oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, then, incorporate green beans (photo below, left); season with salt, to taste, and stir to coat beans with oil.  After a couple of minutes, reduce heat to low, and pour creamy chipotle sauce; fold over beans and onions (photo below, right):

Continue folding, until it is all uniformly coated, and the sauce is warm:

008 green beans in creamy chipotle

Transfer to a serving dish, as shown at the top of the post, as part of a buffet or a tacos de guisado spread, or serve as a side, for example as shown below with red enchiladas and refried beans:

009 breakfast with a side of green beans in chipotle

Bonus tip:  The creamy chipotle sauce is also great as a dip for tortilla or potato chips:

010 potato chips and creamy chipotle sauce as a dip

I am bringing my recipe to Fiesta Friday #286 with Angie @ Fiesta Friday, this week with Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau and Laurena @ Life Diet Health.

I am sharing my recipe at What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link-Up # 211 with Helen @ The Lazy Gastronome.

I am contributing this recipe to Full Plate Thursday #443 with Miz Helen @ Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

I am bringing my recipe to Thursday Favourite Things #400.  Thank you so much to Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn for featuring my Black Currant Compote! Bev graciously hosts TFT each week, along with Marilyn @ Marilyn’s Treats, Katherine @ Katherine’s Corner, Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage, Amber @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home, Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance, Pam @ An Artful Mom and Linda @ Crafts a la Mode.




23 thoughts on “Green Beans in Creamy Chipotle Sauce

  1. I bet I could get my husband to eat vegetables like this! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party. Have a great week!


  2. Green beans are in season now here, too. This looks very tasty and a local supermarket now carries chipotle in adobo sauce. Would it also be nice to include some minced chipotles into the sauce?


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