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Chipotles: Fully smoked and dried jalapenos ready to be ground Dried Chipotle Peppers

They certainly don't look pretty, but they sure are tasty. These are peppers we've smoked and then dried in a dehydrator. The next step is to grind for a great seasoning powder

Chipotle peppers are the name for fully ripe red jalapeno peppers that have been smoked. Most of the natural heat of the jalapeno is retained in the process.  On the heat scale of all the chili peppers, this is usually considered a medium heat. Chipotles are available dried whole, powdered, pickled, and canned in Adobo sauce. The chipotle powder isn’t easy to find, so if you see some, give it a try. The smoke flavour and the jalapeno flavour really add a lot to soups, stews, chili, and sausage. Just use the powder it as you would any other chili powder. We loved it so much the first time we tried it, and with the difficulty of finding it, we decided to make it ourselves. It’s a long process. First we cut all of the jalapenos lengthwise so we can open them up, but not cut right through. We like the heat so we leave the seeds in. We fire up the water smoker and let them absorb lots of that smoke flavour. Then we de-hydrate them. The next step is the worst; grinding the smoked peppers into powder. If you are considering making your own, I highly recommend grinding them outside with a mask on. The powder is deadly to the nose and eyes. We make enough for ourselves in one batch to last the entire year.

 As we previously said, when we first tried it, we fell in love. This isn’t a paid endorsement from Chef Paul Prudhomme; it’s just the place where we first bought it. With shipping and handling, and because of the Canadian currency, this did turn out to be quite expensive. That was another reason we tried making our own. Wherever you get it from, I’m sure you’ll love it…………. Lesley

If you like chipotles, the following recipes all contain it in some form:

Adobo Sauce
Black Bean Soup
Chile Cheese Spread
Chipotle Chicken Chimichangas
Chipotle Creole Sausage
Chipotle Pepper Jelly

Lesley's Top Secret Barbeque Sauce
Smokey Beef Burgers
Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Adobo Mushroom Cream Sauce

Roasted Tomato Soup

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From Fresh to Dry

Red jalapenos are difficult to find here so we substitute green and it turns out fantastic!

Fresh from the garden Cut and ready for smoke Smoked for 4 hours Ready for thr dehydrator The before and after. Just grind for some great chipotle powder!
Ready for the first grind in a food processor After the first grind After the final grind in a coffee grinder

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If you can't find Chipotles in the store, try making it yourself, it's not hard!

Smokers that are available on the market today....

Weber 2820 Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker
Brinkmann 805-2101-S Pitmaster Deluxe Smoke 'N Pit
Char-Broil 4754512 Electric Water Smoker
Brinkmann 850-7005-0 Cook'N Ca'Jun Electric Smoker/Grill
Brinkmann 850-7000-1 Cook'N Ca'Jun Charcoal Smoker/Grill
Char-Broil 4654301 Charcoal Water Smoker

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