Reddish-brown chipotle powder has an intriguingly smoky
flavor, with tones of plum, fig, chocolate and tobacco
. This chile, which has a medium heat to it, is perfect for getting chipotle flavor into sauces, stews, or other dishes - without having to handle whole dried chiles.
This powder is made from our favorite smoked chile, chipotle morita chile
. The morita is a ripe jalapeño that has been smoked before it is dried. (The Spanish word chipotle is a contraction of chilpotle in the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, where chil referred to the hot pepper and potle was derived from poctli, meaning smoked.)
This variety is grown in many places in Mexico, and it is especially popular in the provinces of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chihuhua.
Chef John Howie uses this in his Texas Style Chili.