HEAT LEVEL: 6/10
A chipotle, or chilpotle, which comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli (meaning “smoked chilli”), is a smoke-dried jalapeño. It is a chilli used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern dishes.
A chipotle’s heat is similar to that of the Espelette pepper, jalapeño, Guajillo chili, Hungarian wax pepper, Anaheim pepper, and Tabasco sauce.
Chipotles, often a key ingredient in a recipe, impart a relatively mild but earthy spiciness to many dishes in Mexican cuisine. The chillies are used to make various salsas. Chipotle can be ground and combined with other spices to make a meat marinade – adobo. Chipotle is used as an ingredient in both homemade and commercial products, including some brands of barbecue sauce and hot sauce, as well as in some chillies and stews.