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.
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