Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder

Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder
Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder
Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder
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3.3 oz
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Chipotle chiles, no matter if they are of the "morita" or "meco" variety, all come from the same plant- the jalapeno or Capsicum annuum. The jalapeno is believed to be native to Veracruz, Mexico, a location where the chipotle is a prominent part of the cuisine today. In the United States the terminology "chipotle" has become pretty synonymous with the umbrella term "chile," however this is inaccurate because there are only two true chipotles. It takes ten pounds of fresh jalapenos to make a single pound of dried chiles, which are shriveled, wrinkled, and a dry brownish-red or black color. Once ground, the powder retains its incredible coloring, lovely aroma, and wonderfully rich flavor.

"Little Blackberry" is the translation for the name of these chiles in Spanish, which is clever because the Chipotle Morita chile is often the smaller than the Chipotle Meco chile. The Morita is much more common in American cuisine and this is the flavor you probably think of when you think of "chipotle" if you are from the United States.



History of Organic Chipotle "Morita" Powder

The word chipotle comes from the Nahuatl word "chilpoctli," which translates directly to "smoked chile." While chiles were smoked by the Teotihuacan before the Aztecs, the method still used in traditional Mexican chile smoking practices was perfected by the Aztecs. They initially used this process to smoke and preserve meats of all sorts, but they quickly discovered that smoking and preserving other foods was possible as well. Chile historians believe that the Aztecs believed that jalapenos were one of the first smoked chiles due to their thick flesh that was much more quick to rot than other chiles that could dry in the sun more readily. Jalapenos, also called "chiles gordos" or "Lenten chiles" needed more help to dry, thus leading to the implementation of the smoking method.

It was a Spaish friar living in Mexico who was the first to write of chipotle chiles in the 1500s. He talked about a dish called "teatzin," which was made with a sauce from chipotle and pasilla chiles that was used to make a stew with Lenten palm flowers and fresh jalapeno chiles. After the fall of the Aztec empire, also in the 1500s, smoked chiles were found mostly in the central and southern parts of Mexico, like Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz.


Organic Chipotle "Morita" Powder Cultivation


The jalapeno plant grows up to 3 feet tall and has leaves that are roughly 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. The plant is a light to dark green color, and produces white flowers that eventually produce those familiar green jalapenos that measure up to 3 inches long. Typically it takes 70 to 80 days for the seed to turn into a fruiting plant. Jalapenos are harvested while they are still green to make Organic Chipotle Morita Chiles.

Once they have been removed from the plant, they are moved to a smoking chamber where they are settled onto racks and dried over a period of a few days. They are flipped or rotated every few hours to ensure even drying. There is a separate pit where wood is burned, and the smoke is funneled in through a tunnel connected to the drying bit for temperature and flavor control. The wood burned is usually a fruity wood and an oak blend to get a specific, sweet woodsy flavor in the smoke.


Where is it from?


Our Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder comes from chiles grown in the US.


Types of Chipotle Chile


There are two types of chipotle- the more common Morita and the harder to find Meco. Serious chile lovers and Mexican food connoisseurs are adamant that the Meco is a higher quality chile, as it is produced when the jalapeno is riper and smoked for longer, but the Morita chile is the most common chipotle in the USA. There are some differences between the two, including appearance. The Morita is small and dark colored, but it is also very pliable. The Meco is a more brittle chile and it is sometimes described as looking like a cigar butt. The Meco is much more popular in Southern Mexico and is sometimes called the "chile navideño" because it is used often in a popular Christmas time stuffed chile dishes.


Cooking with Organic Chipotle "Morita" Powder


This is truly the chile powder you want to use if you are looking to add a bit of smoky flavor to your dish without an overwhelming amount of heat. This powder is great in dry rubs intended for meat like beef, pork chops, or chicken. Organic Chipotle Morita Chile Powder is also great on vegetables, particularly potatoes, and goes excellently on homemade potato chips when paired with some salt and sprinkled over the chips while they are still hot and a bit greasy from the frying oil. Try it in your favorite Mexican dishes, or add it to soups, stews, and cheese-based dishes. We like to put it on enchiladas and fried chicken!

Some of our favorite recipes that incorporate conventional Chipotle Morita Powder that can be replaced with this organic version are Sweet Chipotle Mixed Nuts and El Gallito.


What Does Organic Chipotle "Morita" Powder Taste Like?


Organic Chipotle Morita Powder is smoky with a somewhat mild chocolatey flavor to it.


How Hot is Organic Chipotle "Morita" Powder?


Our Chipotle Morita Powder has a heat range of 15,000 to 35,000 Scoville Heat Units.


Substitutions and Conversions


One teaspoon of Chipotle Morita Powder is about the equivalent of one whole Organic Chipotle Morita Chile.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.2g1%

Dietary Fiber0.1g0%

Total Sugars0.4g

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.

5 out of 5
6 total ratings.

JEFFREY B. (Verified buyer) 02/21/2022
Great Chipotle Powder for Chili or Burrito Bean Bowls I use this powder almost every day. It is potent and rich but not raw. Nice full heat.

Nicholas S. (Verified buyer) 01/19/2022
Morita Chile Powder - as with everything from Spices inc. so far , VERY GOOD Smoky, Robust, Peppery flavor that reminds one of good tobacco or BBQ. I enjoy using this Chile powder with cilantro and garlic in rice.

Lisa G. (Verified buyer) 03/22/2021
Great product, fast delivery and Great product, fast delivery and high quality- the spices inc team is highly responsive!

Stephen W. (Verified buyer) 11/09/2020
Great shipments.....great quality spices! Great shipments.....great quality spices!

Jim M. (Verified buyer) 09/05/2020
Smoky Goodness in a Bottle When you open the container for the first time you can smell the smokey aroma. The chile powder adds smokiness and flavor to vegetables and meat. Highly recommended.

Ken C. (Verified buyer) 11/06/2019
OMG... I found a recipe for Chipotle Salt so I researched it, used this Chipotle Powder. It’s amazing, put it on almost anything. Fantastic product! Thank you!!