I've been seeing, it seems anyway, more and more mention of "chipotle peppers". What exactly are chipotle peppers and where can I buy them?
A. The chipotle [chih-POHT-lay] is actually a dried, smoked jalapeņo. Chipotles have a wrinkled, dark brown skin and a smoky, sweet, almost chocolaty flavor. They can be found dried, pickled and canned in adobo sauce [a dark-red, rather piquant sauce or paste made from ground chiles, herbs and vinegar].
Chipotles are generally added to stews and sauces; the pickled variety are often eaten as appetizers.
As you mentioned, chipotles are becoming increasingly popular; therefore, you should be able to find them at your local grocery store. If not, try your nearest specialty store. If all else fails, you can find them on the Internet.
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