what is a chipotle pepper?
- Chipotles are large, dried Jalapeño Peppers that have been smoked. They have medium to medium-hot heat that’s sweet and smoky with tobacco and chocolate overtones. Chipotles are widely used in Tex-Mex and Southwestern cooking in sauces and salsas. On a heat scale of 1 to 10, Chipotles are a 5 to 6.
Quick Usage Ideas
- Soak Chipotles in hot water for 20 minutes until softened. Trim off stems and remove seeds, if desired. Puree with liquid and use to add a smoky, spicy flavor to sauces, salsas, soups and chili.
- Hot peppers are packed with capsaicin, which is being studied for its pain-relieving properties.
Selection & Storage
- Choose clean, even color, and semi-flexible pods; store in a cool, dry place up to 2 months.