|Native to Mexico, Chipotle peppers have become practically famous in the US with our fairly recent infatuation with “chilies”. Chilies while most often recognized for their hot spiciness, may also be a bit mild while adding a deliciously subtle flavor to many dishes when used in correct amounts. Chipotles are in fact completely ripened and then smoked dried jalapenos. It takes 10 pounds of fresh peppers to make one pound of dried Chipotles. The final result is a dark brown to black colored, shriveled pepper that has a smoky and slightly sweet chocolaty flavor and aroma. These peppers are considered a medium heat chile with a bit of a kick to them as they register 5,000 - 10,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).
And if you are one of those that prefer even more heat you can add the chipotle powder that your recipe calls for and then add a bit of cayenne or crushed red pepper to the dish, salsa or sauce. If your recipe calls for the Dried Chipotle "Morita" Chiles we carry those as well or skip some of the work and go with our Chipotle Flakes. We also carry the harder to find Chipotle "Meco" Chiles and the Chipotle "Meco" Chile Powder.
Use chipotle powder to give a nice smoky kick to Smokey Chicken Enchiladas, Cincinnati Chili, Mexican Style White Chicken Chili and Spicy Chipotle Hummus. Chipotles are excellent with beef, chicken and pork chops.
You’ll also find a nice selection of chile powders and chile flakes