Chipotle Collard Greens

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Chipotle Collard Greens have a wonderful smoky and spicy flavor from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The greens cook down wonderfully tender and make a great southern side for any meal and even go well with Mexican food.

Chipotle Collard Greens in a white bowl.

 

I love traditional collard greens cooked with a smoked ham hock or bacon, but these smoky Mexican-flavored collard greens are nice for something a little different.

HOW TO MAKE CHIPOTLE COLLARD GREENS:

  1. Rinse the collard greens really well. They tend to be sandy and you want to get it all off. You will need 1 large bunch or 2 smaller bunches.
  2. Cut out the thick part of the rib from the collard green leaves and discard. You don’t have to do this for the smaller leaves. Stack several leaves, roll them up, and cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  3. Melt butter in a Dutch oven and cook onion until soft. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and cook uncovered for 25 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Rib cut out of collard green leaf.

Cut ribs out of collard green leaves and discard.

Collard green leaves rolled up to be cut.

Stack a few collard green leaves, roll them up and cut into strips.

Collard Greens in a Dutch oven.

 

RECIPE TIPS:

You will only use part of a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You can freeze the rest of the can in a ziplock bag and use them for Chipotle Peach Salsa or Crock Pot Chipotle Pulled Chicken.

If you have a partially used can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, this Chipotle Collard Greens recipe is a great for using them up.

Switch out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and you have a vegetarian/vegan side dish.

People vary in how long they like their collard greens cooked. If you like them totally soft and cooked down, you will need to cook them for at least 45 minutes. If you like them with a little texture to them, cook them for a shorter time.

Chipotle Collard Greens in bowl with a bottle of hot sauce.

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Chipotle Collard Greens in a white bowl.

Chipotle Collard Greens

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: collard greens, spicy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 82kcal
Chipotle Collard Greens have a wonderful smoky and spicy flavor from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The greens cook down wonderfully tender and make a great southern side for any meal and even go well with Mexican food.
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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches collard greens, about 2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium sweet or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Rince the collard greens well, cut out the ribs and discard them. Stack several leaves on top of each other, roll them up and cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Turn down heat a little so garlic doesn't burn.
  • Add the collard greens, chicken broth, water, chipotle peppers, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook uncovered for 25 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat down to maintain a simmer.
    If too much liquid evaporates, add a little water.

Notes

Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and this recipe is vegetarian/vegan.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal

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