The chipotle is actually a smoke-dried jalape?o pepper. The chipotle is popular for its use in Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, but other cuisines are also finding new uses for this versatile pepper. The earthy, smoky, slightly sweet, and spicy flavor is a great addition to many meat marinades (adobo), salsas, and stews.
Spice Fun Fact: It takes about 10 pounds of jalape?o peppers to make one pound of chipotles. The end result is a shriveled brown/black medium-hot chile pepper with smoky flavor.