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Chipotle: A Pepper Defined

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Chipotle mayo, chipotle salsa, chipotle barbecue sauce – if you find the word “chipotle” in front of a dish, it probably implies that you’re in for a smokey, spicy, full-bodied kind of flavor. Chipotle has made it’s way in to the main stream of spicy food flavorings over the last decade or two – and rightfully so. It’s quite delicious. But, well…what is it exactly?

Pronounced “Chee-POAT-lay,” this dark red or brown dried chili pepper’s actually a jalapeño that’s been slow-smoked for hours in a smokehouse or on a low-heat grill. Fresh, green jalapeños can be used, but often Chipotles are made from fully-ripened red jalapeños. The tradition of Chipotle pepper making originated in Mexico and they’re commonly used in Mexican (and Mexican-American) cuisine to flavor sauces, soups, and a large variety of other dishes.

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Written by jmalsky

January 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Recipe: Mexican Hot Cocoa

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A tall cup of chocolate with a warm twist of cinnamon and cozy vanilla should get your spirits bright if they’re not already. Mexican hot chocolate’s got what you need! Here’s the know-how for you from

If a bolder, spicier cup’s your craving, try adding a little pinch of cayenne and some crushed Ancho chilis. Now that is a hot cocoa! Mmm, mmm.

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Written by jmalsky

December 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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