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Making Chipotle Chilies

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Choosing Jalapeños
Red Jalapeño Chilies

Red Jalapeno Chilies

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Chipotle chilies are smoked and dried jalapenos. The unique combination of smoky flavor with peppery heat makes these perfect for so many uses. They can be put in soups, sauces and beans or ground into a fine powder and added to spice rubs or sprinkled over vegetables.

There are several ways to prepare chipotles, but first you must begin with nicely ripened jalapeno peppers. Try to look for jalapenos that are firm without any soft spots. They should have a good, bright red color without any loose (an indication that they were picked too long ago) stems. The fresher the peppers the better the result.

One word of warning. No matter how you approach making the chipotles, you will be handling chili peppers a great deal. This means being very careful when touching sensitive areas, like your eyes. I fully recommend purchasing disposable food handling gloves before you start this project.

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