Smoky and Spicy Chipotle Deviled Eggs

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We love serving appetizers that pack an exciting punch!

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Sure, you can always keep it classy with your apps during cocktail hour. The traditional flavors of deviled eggs, like pickle relish and yellow mustard, are perfectly delicious.

But sometimes, we just want to take walk on the wild side…

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For an alternative option that has a spicier pep in its step, make our latest obsession: chipotle deviled eggs. They have HUGE flavor in just one little bite.

And it’s so easy to make this dish, thanks to one incredible ingredient:

We add canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the egg yolk filling. The peppers are smoked before they are mixed with an adobo-style sauce of tomato puree, onions, vinegar, paprika, and garlic.

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Make this for your guests who are craving a little fun before the main meal. You’ll be partying in no time!

The Recipe

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Need an appetizer that packs an exciting punch? Make our smoky and spicy deviled eggs with a chipotle pepper filling.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Square top-down view of chipotle deviled eggs, garnished with fresh herbs and a piece of red pepper, and sprinkled with paprika.
The Best Chipotle Deviled Eggs
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
You: 5
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Print Recipe
Need an appetizer that packs an exciting punch? Make our smoky and spicy deviled eggs with a chipotle pepper filling.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs hard-boiled, peeled, and chilled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper or chili powder for garnishing
  • cilantro leaves for garnishing
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Instructions
  1. Slice each egg in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolk from each half and place in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside on a separate plate.
  2. Mash the yolks until crumbly with very small chunks. Add mayonnaise, mustard, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Stir well until creamy and uniform. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Using a small spoon or piping bag, fill the empty egg whites with the mixture. Lightly sprinkle with cayenne pepper or chili powder, and garnish with cilantro and additional chopped pieces of pepper.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chipotle Deviled Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 178mg 59%
Sodium 735mg 31%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 2%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Boil the Eggs

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Hard-boil the eggs, until the yolks are completely cooked. Remove the shells, and let the eggs chill completely.

Need a little help with this step? Learn how to properly hard-boil them in our article with tips for cooking the best eggs!

Step 2 – Cut and Separate the Yolks and Whites

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For this particular task, I’m using a Sabatier self-sharpening chef’s knife which we reviewed here.

Using a sharp utility or chef’s knife, cut each egg in half lengthwise on a sturdy cutting board, wiping your knife after each cut to keep it clean and free of any clinging yolk pieces.

Carefully remove the yolks by gently squeezing the whites, or scraping them out with a spoon.

Place the yolks in a separate bowl. Set aside the empty halves on a clean plate.

Step 3 – Make the Filling

Gather the ingredients needed for the filling. Chop the canned peppers, reserving some for the final garnish, and set aside one tablespoon of the sauce from the can.

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Mash the yolks until they are crumbly and no longer lumpy.

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To the yolks, add the mayonnaise, mustard, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Stir well until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Use freshly ground salt and pepper for the best flavor!

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Step 4 – Fill

Use a spoon to fill each half with some of the mixture, about one heaping tablespoon.

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For a clean presentation, you can also transfer the yolk mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a large star or round tip. Pipe the mixture into the empty halves.

Step 5 – Garnish and Serve

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Sprinkle the top of each half with a dash of cayenne pepper or chili powder. Top with a small cilantro leaf and a piece of chipotle pepper.

Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

Add Some Smoky Heat to a Favorite App

Canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce adds some rock-and-roll zing to a classic appetizer!

It’s an easy ingredient to acquire that totally transforms the flavor of this recipe. You get so much depth of spiciness and smokiness from just one ingredient.

Horizontal image of deviled eggs with chipotle on a slate with a red towel

You’ll be thinking about these little devils well past the appetizer course – it’s a dynamic dish that’s unforgettable!

If you like this version, try another fun option: With our guacamole deviled eggs, the avocado in the filling makes for a healthy and colorful finger food.

Have you used chipotle peppers before? What are your favorite recipes that you like to add them to? Let us know in the comments below!


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Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on April 6th, 2012. Last updated: June 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best grub, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

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