"What's chipotle?" is another question we get asked often at markets. No, it's not just the name of a fast-food chain of pseudo-Mexican food (don't get us started ). Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeños (like that pictured here) If you want to nerd out with us and find out more keep reading.
On a jalapeño plant, the peppers first grow to be that green colour we recognize from the jalapeño peppers we see in many markets. But if you leave the peppers on the plant the jalapeños naturally ripen and turn red. Eventually these red peppers are picked and smoke-dried thereby becoming chipotle peppers.
We use chipotle in our Salsa Roja and Beer & Chipotle Salsa because it has a smoky heat that we think balances nicely with the sweetness of the Canadian tomatoes we use. Chipotle is also a great addition to things like soups, stews, meat, beans or lentil dishes. This is why we think our salsa works so well as a marinade on things like steak or as an addition to your homemade chili
Chipotle is a great spice to keep in your arsenal for home-cooked meals. You'll find it in many specialty food stores most commonly in the form of dried peppers, in powder form, or in cans as chipotles in adobo (a red sauce made of a mixture of spices, other peppers, tomatoes and more).