Chile Powder, Chipotle
Native to Mexico, the jalapeno - when smoke dried is called Chipotle. Chipotle peppers have become practically famous in the US with our fairly recent infatuation with chiles. Chiles, while most often recognized for their hot spiciness, may also be a bit mild while adding a deliciously subtle flavor to many dishes when used in correct amounts. Chipotles are in fact completely ripened and then smoked dried jalapenos. It takes 10 pounds of fresh peppers to make one pound of dried Chipotles. The final result is a dark brown to black colored, shriveled pepper that has a smoky and slightly sweet chocolaty flavor and aroma. These peppers are considered a medium heat chile with a bit of a kick to them as they register 5,000 - 10,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).