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Chipotle Chile Powder

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What is it?

Chipotle chile powder is made up purely of dried and ground chipotle chiles (as opposed to standard “chili powder,” which is actually a mix of ground chiles with several spices like oregano, garlic powder, and cumin). It has a moderate heat level with fruity undertones. Its smoky heat makes it great in grilling rubs, barbecue sauces, and chilis.

Don’t have it?

Substitute another smoked chile powder or smoked hot Spanish paprika; because heat levels vary, you may need to adjust the amount

How to store:

Store in a cool, dry place.

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    Recipes

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    Tequila-Lime Chicken Thighs

    Golden reposado tequila is used in this recipe for its woody, smoky personality, which complements the chipotle chile and the char of the grill. For a full, robust tequila flavor,…

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    Southwestern Squash and Black Bean Quiche with Cornbread Crust

    Featuring a tender custard filling full of chile-spiced roasted squash and garlic plus lots of Cheddar, this quiche is guaranteed to please vegetarians and meat eaters alike. A layer of…

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    Chocolate-Chile Truffles

    Just a smidge of chipotle powder is all you need to add tingling heat to dark chocolate truffles. Mezcal adds a smoky flavor; you can use tequila, but the flavor…

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    Cumin and Cracked-Pepper Filet Mignon with Brie Butter

    Fragrant, spice-crusted steaks become even better when topped with Brie butter spiked with chives and chipotle. Leftover butter will keep refrigerated; try it slathered on warm bread, spread on a…

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    Steak Frites with Mustard Butter

    To  make this bistro classic, use a cast iron skillet, get it really hot, and sear the steak on both sides. The preferred cut is entrecôte, or rib-eye, and if…

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    Seafood Guacamole

    Overflowing with chunks of crab and shrimp or lobster, this riff on classic guacamole can easily stand alone as an appetizer. The sweet seafood and orange juice balance an extra…

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    Beef and Pinto Bean Chili with Toasted Cornbread Crumbles

    Now here's a chili for the meat and the bean lovers at the table. Plump pintos make this dish doubly satisfying. Toasted cornbread crumbles may not be your usual chili…

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    Tequila-Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas with Lime and Sour Cream

    Fried corn tortillas (tostadas) are a great base for spicy shrimp and zingy sour cream. Make them when you don’t mind a little messy eating, as they’re best picked up…

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    Southwestern Roast Turkey and Gravy

    The butter rub for this turkey is spiced with cumin, oregano, and chile powder, while the gravy is finished with a touch of honey to balance the heat. Buttering and…

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    Crisp Pork Cutlets with Lemon-Caper Sauce

    A briny-peppery mayonnaise adds zing to these slightly spicy fried pork cutlets. Round out the meal with a butter lettuce salad.

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  • Mitzils | 03/02/2014

    Has any one tried roasted chipotle powder? Mitzil's is roasted so it offers a lot of smoke flavor without a lot of heat. www.mitzilmexicanfoods.com
    Thanks

  • bogden95 | 01/05/2011

    I finally found some dried chipotle peppers at a small neighborhood Mexican market (the kind of spices that are in a little package hanging on racks). I am going to grind them myself - I've had no luck finding the ground chipotle anywhere around here, even though there is a large Hispanic population. Maybe you can find something similar locally and try it - I'd recommend putting in a little and tasting first because it's hard to know how strong these dried ones will be once ground!

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