Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapeno chiles. They can be purchased dry or canned in adobo sauce, a thick and spicy red paste of ground chiles, herbs and vinegar. Look for canned chipotles in the Mexican-foods section of the grocery store. Once opened, transfer the canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce to a non-metallic container and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Chipotle chiles give a smoky heat to this salad’s dressing. For a milder flavor, use less of the chipotle chile and adobo sauce, or omit them entirely.
To reduce the fat in each serving of this salad by about 10 grams, use fat-free French dressing and reduce-fat Cheddar cheese. To reduce the fat and calories even further, use baked blue corn chips.