WHAT IS CHIPOTLE?
This amazing spice is made from jalapeno peppers that are then smoked and dried out as a form of preservation. The name itself is from the Aztec language Nahuatl meaning “smoked chili.” Today chipotle is classified by how long these peppers have been smoked (Moritas and the longer smoked Mecos). It can take up to a week to dry out some types of jalapeno peppers. Mexicans to this day have a love of both sweet and spicy mixes, which explains their savory hot chocolate! For a more American take on this, check out this maple and chipotle barbecue sauce recipe.
WHY IS CHIPOTLE GOOD FOR YOU?
It is rich in both vitamins (A,B,C,K) and minerals (iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous) as well as fiber. And like many hot spices they also have anti-inflammatory benefits as well!
WHEN IS CHIPOTLE IN SEASON?
This smoked and dried jalapeno lasts long after the traditional Mexican jalapeno season is over so no worries.
WHAT IS CORKING?
These are lines or “scars” on the pepper that occur if it undergoes rapid growth. The more lines you have the spicier and higher quality your jalapeno pepper is! They run the length of the chili and are tan in color.