Chipotle Raisin Sauce

4 | January 25, 2013

Seriously, there are just no words for how fantastic this Chipotle Raisin Sauce is! The blend of sweet California Raisins and smokey chipotle chilies is a marriage in foodie heaven – a sweet sinful Las Vegas marriage where Elvis is the preacher and Tom Jones is the flower girl.

If it wasn’t for being apart of the California Raisin Ambassador team I’m not sure I would have ever thought to pair these up. It’s just more proof that the uses for raisins are endless.

Earthy smokey spice combined with sweet raisins and bright lime and cilantro make this sauce perfect for giving a variety of meals an unforgettable kick.

Chipotle Raisin Sauce makes about 2 cups

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1plus 1 Tablespoon of adobo sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tablespoon)
  • zest of 1 lime (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch salt
Place raisins in a pot. Add just enough cold water to cover the raisins about 1/2 inch. Over high heat, bring the raisins to a boil.
Once boiling reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the raisins are plump.
Strain the raisins, discarding the water, and place in a food processor or a high quality blender. To the raisins add chipolte peppers, adobo sauce, cilantro, water, lime juice, lime zest, cumin, and salt. Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes until the the mixture is smooth. If the consistency seems overly thick add a small amount of water.
Serve on red meats, chicken, shrimp, vegetables (roasted potatoes – oh my word!)… the list is really endless and the flavor that this brings to a dish will impress anyone. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an air-tight container.

Seriously, I’m in love with it and the possibilities are huge. Use as a dipping sauce for roasted fingerling potatoes or shrimp, as a wing sauce, or even on tacos. If you are a venison lover the bold spicy sweetness is a perfect pairing. And today’s lunch, New York strip steak with Chipotle Raisin Sauce, one word…phenomenal.

But wait there’s more… Use it as a basting sauce for these Chipotle Rasin Glazed Drumsticks for a fantastic gameday snack (by the way if you are a beer enthusist these pair well with Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour – true story). Cheers!



  • Minnie(@thelady8home)

    Wow. Great share. This sounds wonderful. Very very delish.

  • f.m

    hello. very good.

  • Allison

    This sounds amazing! Will it freeze well?

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