De-Stemmed Chipotle Morita Chiles
Our De-Stemmed Chipotle Morita Chiles are ripe jalapeño peppers that are smoked, dried and then de-stemmed. They have a unique, medium-hot, smoky flavor, ranging in heat from 10,000 to 30,000 SHUs. They are usually about 1-1/2 to 3 inches long with a deep reddish-purple color.
Rinse product first with warm water. Soak in hot water for 10 minutes to rehydrate or add directly to recipe that will cook at least 10 minutes. Once rehydrated, cut or purée as desired.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place for up to 12 months under optimal storage conditions.
Chipotle Morita Chiles are one of two varieties of chipotle chiles: chipotle morita and chipotle meco. When picked early in the season, jalapeños are green – it isn’t until late in the season that the jalapeños lose most of their moisture and begin to turn red. After the ripe jalapeños are harvested, they are then dried and smoked, turning them into chipotle chiles. Allowing the jalapeños to ripen fully gives chipotle chiles an inherently fruity-sweet flavor since the chile has more time to create and store sugar.
Chipotle morita chiles average about 1-1/2 to 3 inches in length, 1/2 to 1 inch in width, and have a deep reddish-purple color and smoky-fruity flavor. Their heat level is mild to medium, ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 Scoville Heat Units, which is comparable to guajillo and mild serrano chiles. Chipotle moritas are also smoked for less time than chipotle mecos, which allows them to retain much of their sweet, fruity flavor.
The use of chipotle chiles is said to date back to the time of the ancient Aztecs, in central-southern Mexico. In fact, the name “chipotle” stems from the Nahuatl word “chilpoctil,” meaning smoked chile. Due to their growing popularity outside of Mexico, chipotle chiles are now grown in the United States as well.
Chipotle Morita Chiles are known for their smoky, slightly sweet flavor. They are the star ingredient in this quick adobo sauce which blends with spices, vinegar, honey and tomato ketchup. Use this flavorful puree as-is to add depth to soups, stews or BBQ, or mix it with mayonnaise, oil and vinegar for a spicy spread.