Chilpotle Chilli

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Chipotle or Chilpotle Chilli is a smoky chilli of medium heat. Chilpotle chilli is smoked-dried jalapeño chilli, and is a dark black coffee colour and looks leathery and wrinkled. Because of its derivation from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli (meaning "smoked chilli"), we prefer to spell it with an "l" but each unto their own, but then we spell "chilli" with two "ls" and no "e".

Chilpotles have an definite smoky flavour, some toasted nuttiness and spicy heat, with sweet chocolatey tones. Chilpotle chilli has a heat level of around 5/10, equivalent to 2,500 - 5,000 Scoville heat units.

Chilpotle chillis add some depth of flavour to liquid foods - salsas, sauces and stews. To use in stews and casseroles, it is best to rehydrate them by soaking until tender.

Further Reading

  • Hemphill, I., Hemphill, K. (2014) The Spice and Herb Bible, Robert Rose. ISBN: 9780778804932.
  • Norman, J. (2015) Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference, DK Publishing. ISBN: 9781465435989.