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Dried Chile Morita is a variety of Chile Chipotle. Morita chiles are very richly flavored, smoked, red-ripe jalapeno peppers, much like the chipotle pepper except that moritas are smoked for less time, leaving them softer and retaining their slightly fruity flavor.
Morita is the Spanish word for small mulberry, black berry or black raspberry; literally “little purple one” because of their purple color. This is a description of how the chipotle looks. Most chipotle chiles are produced in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Almost all of the chipotle chiles found in the United States are of the morita variety.
Chipotles can be purchased in many different forms, including chipotle powder, chipotle pods, chipotles en adobo in a can, concentrated chipotle base and wet chipotle meat marinade. Chipotles have a definite heat, but with distinctive tones of chocolate and tobacco. The flesh is thick and so the chile is best if used in a slow-cooked dish rather than raw. Add whole chipotles flavor soups, stews or in the braising liquid for meats. Chipotles are also a fine accompaniment to beans or lentils.