Chipotle literealy means smoked chile. It is derived from the Aztec words "chil" (chile), and
pochilli" (to smoke). Identifying chipotles can be confusing because in many cases each region in Mexico uses a different
name. Jalepeno, Serrano, Pasilla, New Mexican are all chiles used to make chipotles. The following are a
few of the more common names.
Said to be the most common type found here in the states.
They are tan in color, 3-4 inches long, 1-1 1/2 inches wide, and are made from green jalepenos.
They impart a smokey flavor but tend to lack the depth or heat of the morita/mora.
The variance in names is due to regional differences. They are all basically the same.
These are the ones most often called for in recipes. Dark red in color, Typically 1-2 inches long
,1/2 inch wide. They are made from ripe red chiles such as serranos or Jalepenos.
They have an intense smokey/ fruity flavor and are fairly hot.
Chipotles can be purchased at your local latin market. If you are unable to find them locally, PepperFool sells
Chipotle Meco & Morita,
as well as the highly acclaimed
Bufalo Chipotle sauce.
Another outstanding chipotle product is Smokin Chipotle Sauce which is sold by Jim Campbel (the Bread Guy) at
Mild to Wild Pepper Co