Almost everyone knows about the jalapeno, but not as many are familiar with the chipotle pepper. People in North America, and especially the US know a lot about jalapenos. It’s been the “gateway pepper” introducing them to the world of other, hotter peppers. Originally from Mexico, its fame has spread around the globe.
However, over the last few years, the chipotle pepper grew in popularity. In reality, the jalapeno and chipotle peppers are the same. The only difference between the two is the way they are prepared.
What’s the big difference? The chipotle is a smoked jalapeno.
Two Types of Chipotle Chili Peppers: Morita and Meco
The Morita and the Meco are two types of chipotle chili peppers. They both have full, rustic, earthy tones. They are just enough different, though, to bring a unique flavor to Mexican foods.
One type of Chipotle pepper is the Morita. It is simply a smoked jalapeno. To make them, pick the peppers while they are still green. Then, smoke them immediately. This helps them stay tender and moist.
The Meco chipotle is a jalapeno as well. However, one difference is that the pepper remains on the plant until it matures. Once it turns bright red, pick it.
Just like the Morita chipotle, the Meco is smoked. HEnce, it is given the name “chipotle.” The biggest difference is how long it is left in the smoker. Smoke the Meco twice as long as the Morita chipotle. Ultimately, it imparts a rich, complex flavor.
A Meco chili pepper costs more than a Meco. This is because of the extra smoking time. The longer time in the smoker also brings out a stronger flavor in the Meco. While the Morita is mild and gets lost in stronger flavors in recipes, the Meco is not as subtle.
The chipotle pepper isn’t the hottest pepper. This is because it measures between 5000 and 10000 in Scoville Heat Units. However, the deep, spicy, smoky flavor makes it one of the most flavorful peppers.