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4 May 2021

Chipotle powder is a mildly spicy chili powder made from chipotle peppers, which are smoked and dried jalapeno peppers. It is perfect for adding smokiness and flavor to many dishes. Learn all about it and how to make it.

When someone says Chipotle, the first thing you might think of is Chipotle, the restaurant. But did you know that there is also a spice named Chipotle that is just as tasty, if not even more than the burritos you get from the restaurant?

Here, we will learn all about wonderful Chipotle Powder – how it is made, how you can use it in your home cooking, and where you can buy it.

What is Chipotle Powder?

The word Chipotle is derived from the Nahuatl word ‘chilpoctli’ which means ‘smoked chili’. There is only one primary ingredient in Chipotle Powder and that is jalapeno peppers.

We all know and love our jalapenos, whether we are eating them on our pizzas or fresh on the side with any spicy dish. Chipotle Powder capitalizes on the delicious flavor of jalapeno peppers and adds another mouthwatering element by smoking them. Learn more about chipotle peppers here.

The smoked jalapeño peppers are dried and then crushed up to give you this superfine, spicy powder that adds tons of earthy flavor and spice to any dish.

Chipotle Powder on a spoon

Is Chipotle Powder Spicy?

Chipotle Powder is mildly spicy and is the perfect addition if you want to add a deep and complex heat that does not overpower the dish. It goes up to 8K Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville scale.

How to Use Chipotle Powder?

Chipotle Powder is used extensively across Mexican cuisine and has become a signature flavor for this type of food. It is also a prominent feature in Southwestern cooking and Tex Mex dishes. It is a funky, spicy flavor that is perfect for burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. Not only that, but you can also use it to add color and spiciness to the likes of stews, soups, and curries.

Its earthy and smoky texture makes it quite good for dry rubs and it tastes quite amazing when paired with beef and seafood like shrimp. It can be used for topping sandwiches, pizzas, and salad dressings to add that little kick needed to elevate any dish. You may even sprinkle it on top of your popcorn if you are feeling a bit adventurous!

Where to Buy Chipotle Powder?

You will most likely be able to find Chipotle Powder quite easily at your local grocery store. If not, you will certainly find it in a specialty Mexican store. You can also order some authentic, spicy Chipotle Powder online.

Chipotle Powder in a bowl

How to Make Chipotle Powder

You can make your own chipotle powder by crushing dried chipotle peppers and processing them in a spice grinder until a powder forms. Sift out any pulpy material for a smoother chipotle powder. See my post on How to Make Chili Powder for more detailed instructions.

If you would rather have your own jar of freshly mixed Chipotle Powder blend, then we have a simple recipe for you with all the right proportions so that you can get the flavor and smokiness just right. All you need to do is grab the following ingredients and mix them up well with each other:

  • ½ tablespoon charred, dried, and crushed chipotle peppers
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

You can increase the amounts in proportion with each other if you want to make a larger batch of your homemade Chipotle Powder.

What is a Substitute for Chipotle Powder?

Chipotle Powder has a very unique flavor so it is difficult to find a perfect smoked chipotle powder substitute. But the best you can do is replacing it with something like smoked paprika powder or Spanish Paprika. This is because the paprika has a similar spice level and the smokiness reminds you of the earthy flavor profile of Chipotle. Other substitutes include Ancho chili powder or simple chili powder for a kick of spice.

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How to Make Chipotle Powder - Homemade Chipotle Powder Recipe

Chipotle powder is a mildly spicy chili powder made from chipotle peppers, which are smoked and dried jalapeno peppers. It is perfect for adding smokiness and flavor to many dishes. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Seasonings
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chipotle, seasonings
Servings: 36 teaspoons
Calories: 2kcal

Ingredients

FOR PURE CHIPOTLE POWDER

  • 4 ounces chipotle peppers smoked and dried jalapeno peppers - stemmed, seeded and crushed

FOR A CHIPOTLE POWDER BLEND

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

FOR PURE CHIPOTLE POWDER

  • Grind the chipotle peppers with a spice grinder until they are a fine powder. Store the powder in baggies or containers, or use as you wish. Keep them in a dark place, like your pantry, for freshness.
  • Makes about 1/2 cup.

FOR A CHIPOTLE POWDER BLEND

  • Combine the chipotle powder with the smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, coriander and salt. Mix well. Store in baggies or containers, or use as you wish. Keep them in a dark place, like your pantry, for freshness.
  • Makes about 3/4 cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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