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Chipotle Tzatziki – Mexican Style

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Chipotle Tzatziki – Mexican Style

Makes: About a cup and a half

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Memorial Day and the Kickoff to Summer!

Tzatziki, pronounced zɑːdˈzki, is a Greek sauce used as an appetizer or sometimes served over meat. In my opinion Tzatziki is one of the healthier appetizer choices because it has fresh ingredients and less calories than most popular dips ;-). This weekend I’m entertaining friends for the Memorial Day holiday and I wanted to incorporate this delicious Greek sauce into the menu. The original recipe for Tzatziki is simple and flavorful, but I wanted to add a little spice for distinction. The  best thing is that you can put this on meat, salads or  just dip into it with a tortilla chip or pita bread.

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Chipotle Tzatziki {a la mexicana}

The smoky flavor of the chipotle really gives this sauce a whole new twist, without stealing away from the dill and garlic, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next cookout. Her’s a quick and simple recipe for a Tzatziki “a la mexicana!” (Mexican style!) along with 5 facts about traditional Tzatziki you could entertain your guests with.

5 Facts About Tzatziki: 

1. The name comes from the Turkish dish cacık, which contains many of the same ingredients but has a runnier consistency.

2. Tzatziki is always served cold and made from yogurtcucumbergarlic and various herbs and spices depending on the country.

3. Tzatziki has less calories and sodium than hummus, so next time you’re faced with a choice between the two, choose Tzatziki!

4. Tzatziki varies in recipe and consistency depending on the country. In Turkey it’s served as a runnier sauce for meat, and in some middle eastern countries it’s served with pita bread as the first course to a meal.

5. Traditional Tzatziki is made with sheep or goat-milk yogurt, although any other type of thick strained yogurt will do.

YOUR TURN: What are some of your favorite dips for summer? Share your answers on the comments below.

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Chipotle Tzatziki ~ Mexican Style!

INGREDIENTS: 

1/2 medium size cucumber, peeled and seeded.

1 Cup plain greek yogurt, full fat is best.

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp chopped chipotle pepper, which is equal to one canned medium pepper.

1 TBS lemon Juice

1/2 tsp dry dill weed or if you prefer fresh double the quantity.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. SLICE the seeded cucumber. I scrape the seeds off because they add moisture and for this dip you want the cucumber to be as dry as possible.

2. WRAP the sliced cucumber  in a thick paper towel and squeeze it over the sink to drain out the moisture in the cucumber. You don’t have to squeeze too hard just enough to get rid of the extra water.

3. COMBINE the cucumber slices, yogurt, garlic, chipotle pepper, lemon juice, and dill in a food processor. (You can use a blender too if you prefer.)

4. BLEND or CHOP the ingredients for about 30 seconds in a low-medium setting. The mixture should look like this:

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Chipotle Tzatziki

5. CHILL for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Serve as a dip or over meat. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the sauce will become. ENJOY!

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Chipotle Tzatziki on grilled chicken.

 

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About Maribel

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4 responses »

  1. This is a great concept/idea for tzaziki, I love it! Can’t wait to try. Cheers, M

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  2. This was so delicious! I am going to give this a try and make it at home over the weekend. I have never used chipotle peppers though. What would you recommend I buy at the grocery store?

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  3. Pingback: Pineapple Bacon & Chipotle Sliders with Grilled Sweet Potatoes. {FIREWORKS SLIDERS} | Azúcar & Spice

  4. Isn’t chipotle peppers smoked and canned jalapenos?

    Reply

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