Chipotle chili is an old mexican chili variety, which can be tracked all the way back to the. Loosely translated to English Chipotle means “smoked chili”. The most common chipotle variety we eat in Europe is from the Chihuahua province in Mexico and is called Morita, but there are many other chipotle varieties of which some are only available in Mexico.

To make chipotle you will typically use a jalapeño chili. The fresh jalapeños are placed in a smoke chamber, where they are turned over every 2-3 hours and after a couple of days almost all of the moisture within the chili has evaporated, and what is left is a dried chili with an intoxicating smoky flavour. As the jalapeño chili is among the milder chili varieties the typical chipotle chili is not very strong and that is most likely one of the explanations of its recent rise to popularity – apart from the delicious flavour and smell.

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