Chipotle Lamb Chops

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, plus 2 tablespoons sauce from the can

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

8 bone-in lamb shoulder chops (about 2 pounds)

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped white onion

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)

1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 

2 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted


  1. Mince and mash the chiles into a paste with a large knife, then mix with the adobo sauce, cumin and thyme in a small bowl. Season the lamb chops with salt and coat with the chile mixture.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or wide deep skillet over high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until browned on both sides and a crust starts to form, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, cilantro, bay leaves and cinnamon, and cook until the garlic is soft, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices; use a wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. The chops should be barely submerged in liquid; add up to 1/2 cup water, if needed. Cook until the meat is tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Serve the chops with the sauce.