All About Chipotle Peppers
The chipotle pepper is actually a jalapeño pepper that has been ripened until it turns red, smoked and dried. Once found only in Mexico, the chipotle pepper is now available in most groceries because of the popularity of Mexican food in the US and Canada. Similar in spice to the jalapeño, the chipotle pepper offers a smoky distinctive flavor that is a great addition to marinades, most famously adobo.
Red jalapeños are harvested then smoked until all the moisture is removed. This process usually takes a few day. The smoking/drying process is complete when the pepper’s skin has turned brown and shriveled like a prune.
HOW TO PICK IT
Chipotle pepper can be purchased dried or canned in adobo sauce.
HOW TO STORE IT
Dried peppers can be left at room temperature in an air tight container for a couple months or refrigerate to extend their shelf life. Canned chipotles in adobe can be stored in the refrigerator after opening. Make sure to store them in a glass or plastic container and not in the metal can.