Chipotle Meco Chile Powder

Chipotle Meco Chile Powder
Chipotle Meco Chile Powder
Chipotle Meco Chile Powder Chipotle Meco Chile Powder
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Chipotle, pronounced "chi-POHT-lay," comes from a Nahuatl words "chilpoctli" or "xipoctli" meaning "smoked chile pepper." The Nahuatl language is that spoken by the Aztecs, a group of South American people who lived in what is today the central region of Mexico. Chipotles are from the species Capsicum annuum, and they have become quite popular in the United States over the last 15-20ish years, particularly in Tex-Mex dishes. Chipotles remain a popular part of Mexican cuisine as well, being incorporated into Mexican dishes with a variety of other chiles. Chipotle chiles are made from jalapenos, or Capsicum annuum.



History of Chipotle Meco Chiles

The first smoked chiles were made by the Aztecs to preserve the food from spoiling. Jalapenos are difficult to dry and are prone to rotting, so smoking them was the best way to preserve them for later use. The Aztecs would use the same methods to dry their chiles that they used to dry meats, a process that made both foods easier to store and gave them a longevity so they could be consumed throughout the year.

Chipotles have found their way into every food in the United States from potato chips to stews. Once an ingredient loved by only the people who brought them into this country, this humble chipotle chile has made a mark for itself and has become an increasingly popular ingredient year after year all throughout American cuisine, not just niche cuisines of small populations. Today, it's common to find chipotles in grocery stores across the country, though they are likely to me of the Morita variety! Mecos are still a rarer type.


Chipotle Meco Chile Cultivation


Chipotle chiles come from fully ripened jalapenos that are smoked and dried. They are smoked in large pits in the ground on racks made of bamboo, metal, or wood. Another pit is off to the side linked to the pit where the chiles are housed. This second pit is where the fire burns, and the smoke is wafted over to the chiles through a tunnel connecting the two pits. The wood used in the smoking process is carefully chosen and is usually a blend of woods like oak, hickory, pecan, and other fruit woods. The wood used in the smoking will add flavor to the chiles, so getting a specific blend down is important for the overall taste of the dried chiles. The pit with the chiles is often covered by a small shack or structure to allow for the smoke to waft around the chiles fully. The smoking process can take several days and does require some human intervention as the chiles must be turned regularly to be evenly dried and smoked. Of the two types of Chipotle Chiles, Morita and Meco, the Mecos are dried for two times longer than the Morita chiles.

Chipotle Meco Chiles are made from jalapenos that are left on the vine long enough to fully ripen and turn red. In some cases, they even start to dry out a little bit on the vine before they are picked to be smoked. These plants require a lot of sun, organically rich soil, and at least 3 feet between each plant as they can get a little wild in their growth. Jalapeno plants may grow up to three feet tall. These plants enjoy moist soils, but too much water can lead to root rot and the loss of crops. Jalapenos are not as susceptible to pests as they are to plant issues such as root rot. Jalapenos go through an interesting color transformation. Unlike many other chiles that go from green to yellow to red, jalapenos start out bright green and then turn black before they finally ripen into a red chile. Full grown jalapenos are 4 to 6 inches long. The largest, ripest chiles are the ones that are chosen for drying, that's why those small green jalapenos you may be thinking of don't look anything like a Chipotle Meco Chile.


Where is it From?


Our Chipotle Meco Chile Powder comes from Mexico.


What Makes a Chile a Chipotle?


Techniclly, any smoked chile could be called a chipotle chile. However, a chipotle to the English speaker in the United States is just a smoked jalapeno. There are two different types of chipotle chiles found in the US. The more common of the two is the Chipotle Morita, which is what you think of when you think of "chipotle" flavored anything. The second and more elusive is the Chipotle Meco. The Meco chiles are also called chile ahumado, brown chipotles, or chipotle tipico. The Meco chile is stiff and grayish-tan in color, with some people describing the look and coloring of a Meco as a "cigar butt." This one is more popular with chile heads, who describe the flavor as being more impressive than the Morita chile.


What's the Difference Between Chipotle Meco and Chipotle Morita?


Chipotle Meco Chiles which have been smoked in this traditional manner are much harder to find in the US, and they also tend to be more expensive than the Chipotle Morita Chiles. The differences between them are that Mecos tend to be longer than Moritas, which are tiny enough. The word "morita" actually means "small mulberry" and morita chiles tend to be smaller in size, usually more in line with how big a fresh jalapeno would be in the grocery store in the United States. Mecos are smoked for twice as long and are thus less pliable than the Morita. Meco chiles are also smokier and have a more intense flavor than Moritas. Chipotle Morita Chiles are produced in Northern Mexico while Chipotle Meco Chiles are produced in Central and Southern Mexico.


Cooking with Chipotle Meco Chile Powder


Chipotle Meco Chile Powder tends to hold up better against strong flavors than Chipotle Morita Chile Powder would. Mecos are the preferred chipotle for Mexican chefs, so this powder fits in nicely when you are making Mexican cuisine. It's good in enchiladas, in mole sauce, with adobo-based marinades, and in black bean-based dishes. This powder is deeply smoky,

Chipotles pair well with beef, chicken and pork chops.


Whole vs. Ground


When using whole chiles, you can rehydrate them before they are used or you can incorporate them into dishes with a lot of liquid like soup or stew while they are still dry, but there are unfortunately some limits to the uses of whole dried chiles. You can use Chipotle Meco Chile Powder anywhere to get that distinct chile flavor.


What Does Chipotle Meco Chile Powder Taste Like?


Chipotle Meco Chile Powder is smoky, mildly spicy, and has a grassy fruitiness.


Meeting Your Business Needs with Our Products


Our Chipotle Meco Chile Powder has been used everywhere from Mexican restaurants to olive oil shops, but it really shines when it is being used by gourmet salsa manufacturers. Chunky, tomatoey salsas are always complemented by Chipotle Meco Chile Powder, with its smoky, mildly spicy flavor. It's also popular in specialty sauce manufacturing settings, where it adds a touch of heat to barbecue sauces and ketchups. Some of our more unique customers by it in bulk to add to their snacks and snack mixes- it is wonderful on freshly popped popcorn, and our popcorn manufacturers can't get enough of this stuff.


How Hot is Chipotle Meco Chile Powder?


Our Chipotle Meco Chile Powder is considered a medium heat chile powder and has a rating of 13,000-28,000 SHU, or Scoville Heat Units.


Substitutions and Conversions


Just 1 ½ teaspoons of chipotle powder equals one whole chipotle, so use your powder with a light hand!


Read More


What is a Chipotle?
The Ultimate Guide to Mexican Spices
All About Chiles
How Well Do You Know Your Chiles

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.4g1%

Dietary Fiber1.0g4%

Total Sugars1.4g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
44 total ratings.

TMichael B. (Verified buyer) 02/03/2022
love this Chile powder Nice smoke, and just the right amount of heat.

Joyce F. (Verified buyer) 07/19/2021
This is now my favorite This is now my favorite spice. Really fine!

Ernie P. (Verified buyer) 11/26/2020
The Chipotle Meco Chile Powder The Chipotle Meco Chile Powder is exactly what I was looking for to bring out the smoked spice flavor in my BBQ.

adriano p. (Verified buyer) 11/15/2020
Great Great

Salvador I. (Verified buyer) 11/10/2020
Wonderful spice and flavor Wonderful spice and flavor

Stephen P. (Verified buyer) 08/07/2020
Good smokey flavor. Need to Good smokey flavor. Need to limit amount to taste it well without too much heat.

Ronald S. (Verified buyer) 05/27/2020
Super! super!

Majeedah M. (Verified buyer) 01/08/2020
Great flavor We're sampling this powder for a custom blend we are formulating. So far, really good.

Larry F. (Verified buyer) 12/06/2019
excellent chile powder This chili powder is very tasty and aromatic. So MUCH BETTER than store bought. One of my favorite items is to sprinkle this on a tortilla that has been spread with avocado and sour cream. Spices is a great place to buy seasonings.

Michael I. (Verified buyer) 10/05/2019
Delicious I loved the flavor and the heat was medium for me, I would like it to have more Smokey flavor but still very good
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