New Product: Chipotle Pepper

February 28th 2013 Comments

The chipotle pepper has been widely used in authentic Mexican cuisine for years and has grown considerably in popularity in the U.S. in the last decade. Entering “chipotle” into a Google search yields about 23.9 million results and the ingredient appears in more than 800 recipes on Food Network’s website. Most of us are familiar with the Chipotle Mexican Grill franchise that launched in 1993 and has grown to over 1400 locations. Over the past decade, the chipotle pepper had a 54 percent jump in menu mentions in the U.S.* There are even websites devoted to this popular pepper, like chipotlepeppers.net.

Now, we're excited to announce that we have added chipotle to our product line!
Chipotle peppers are simply smoked red jalapeno peppers. They've been around since the Aztec civilization, and were probably first produced in a region that is now northern Mexico City. Since the jalapeno is difficult to dry and prone to rot, they smoked them to dry them in a way that would make them last longer. This smoking process preserves much of the heat of the original pepper while also making it more usable as a spice for soups, salsas, stews, sauces, and even desserts. Although the technology has changed, the approach of smoking the peppers to preserve them is still used today. After the smoking process, chipotle peppers fall in the 5,000 to 10,000 range of Scoville units, or medium heat.

We offer the chipotle in dices, granules, and powder according to specific cut sizes and your application requirements. If you are interested in spicing things up with a sample of our new chipotle pepper, contact your sales rep

*Source: smithsonianmag.com