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Chipotle is pronounced “chi-POHT-lay” and comes from the Nahuatl word meaning "smoked chili pepper". Nahuatl is the language spoken in the central Mexico region and is also known as the language of the Aztecs. A member of the species Capsicum annuum Chipotle peppers have become very popular in the US over the past decade and these smoked jalapenos are used primarily in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. A true chile head knows that not all Chipotles are created equal.
There are actually two types of Chipotle chiles found in the US the more common is the Chipotle “Morita” and the harder to find, and better quality, smoked jalapeno that’s called the Chipotle “Meco”. These are also known as chile meco, chile Ahumado, brown chipotles or chipotle tipico. The “Meco” is stiff with a grayish-tan coloring and is best described as resembling a cigar butt. The “Mecos” are smoked for several days which removes most of the moisture. The heat of the jalapeno remains with the addition of a deep smoky flavor.
The more common variety of smoked jalapenos is usually referred to as just “chipotle chiles”. This chile is typically the variety known as Chipotle “Morita” which translates to "little blackberry" in Spanish. Both the Meco and the Morita are smoked jalapenos. There are some not so subtle differences between the two – the Meco tends to be larger than the Morita and is smoked about twice as long. This makes them more not as leathery and pliable as the Morita. But this does give the Meco a smokier, more intense and richer flavor than the Morita. Chipotle Morita chiles are produced in Northern Mexico while the Chipotle Mecos are typically grown in Central and Southern Mexico.
Our “Meco” Chipotle powder is harvested in Mexico and is considered a medium heat chile at 5,000-10,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). The flavor profile is smoky with a slightly spicy, grassy fruitiness. The Meco tends to hold up better to stronger flavors than the Morita does.
In Central and Southern Mexico fully ripened red jalapenos are smoked in large pits on a racks constructed of bamboo, metal or wood. Another pit is built nearby that houses the fire and there is a connecting tunnel where drafts of air pull the smoke up and over the pods.
Meco Chipotles smoked in this traditional Mexican manner are much harder to find here in the US and tend to be more expensive than the more common Moritas. This doesn’t mean Chipotle Morita Chiles aren’t good they’re actually quite delicious. But if you've never experienced a Chipotle "Meco" you are in for a real treat!
Chipotles pair well with beef, chicken and pork chops.
We also carry the Chipotle “Morita” Chiles, Chipotle “Morita” Chile Powder and Chipotle “Morita” Chile Flakes. And if you just can't get enough Chipotle chile flavor then check out our Chipotle Honey Rub, Chipotle Rub and Chipotle Salt.
If you’re a fan of Mexican chiles you’ll love our growing selection that that includes – Cascabel, Chipotle "Meco", Pasilla Negro, Pasilla de Oaxaca, Ancho, Guajillo, Puya, de Arbol, Mulato, Habaerno and Pequin.
You’ll also find a nice selection of chile powders and chile flakes
Some of our favorite recipes using Chipotle “Meco” Chile Powder are Smokey Chicken Enchiladas and Cincinnati Chili.
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