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Ground Chipotle Chiles

Ground chipotle is a truly exciting alternative to black pepper. So exciting, in fact, we think you'll permit us to use the opportunity as a teaching moment: Mexico takes pepper seriously, and the big three get different names when they change state. Smoked jalapeños are chipotles; dried chilacas are pasillas ("little raisins"); and dried poblanos are anchos ("wide ones").

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Chipotle chiles are dried jalapeño peppers that have been left on the vine to ripen to a cherry-red hue before being cured over woodsmoke. Ripening the jalapeños first gives these smokey chipotle peppers a delectably sweet and savory flavor, emitting notes of raspberry, cherry, and tomato. The word chipotle comes from the Nahuatl ch?lpoctli, which means “smoked chile.” The Spice House’s chipotles are of the Morita variety, which are the most popular type in the Mexcian state of Chihuahua and in the United States. Morita means little blackberry or mulberry in Spanish, a nod to this variety's fruity sweetness. Ground chipotle Morita chile is a convenient powder that adds savory flavor and pleasant heat to stewed beans, chili con carne, and homemade salsas and spice rubs.

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