Originally Posted by Mylegsbig
I've found that if you bring the chilpotles to a gentle boil in a little water, then boil for a minute, then remove
from the heat and leave them to soak overnight in the cooking water, they get softer.
I made some hot pepper sauce today - I don't sautée my onions, just zap all the ingredients in the blender then cook them gently till I get the right texture. If you sautée them, you have to use oil, which will tone down the fruity flavour. NOT that I'm against using oil - I've got some other hot, hot HOT stuff which uses oil - it simply makes for a different flavour.
I'd also agree totally with jennyema - if it's smoked, everything will be smoked.
Now Habanero/Serrano would be an interesting mix...