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. Green beans are economical, tasty, and go well with so many things. The chipotle cream sauce that can go on beans or be used as chip dip looks delicious.


  2. 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!


  3. 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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