Chipotle chile [chee-POT-tleh] chile peppers are smoked jalapeno chili peppers and are also known as chipotle chili meco (or ahumado). These chilies are usually a dull tan to coffee color and measure approximately 2 to 4 inches in length and about an inch wide. As much as one fifth of the Mexican jalapeno crop is processed into chipotles.
You can make your own chipotles in adobo sauce using this recipe.
This simple chipotle dip recipe uses chipotle paste, or mashed chipotles in adobo sauce sauce, sour cream, scallions, and a little mayonnaise.
If you want a great sauce to use over grilled or braised meats try our Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Recipe.