Spice of the Month: Chipotle Chili Powder

Liven up your favorite spicy recipes with this alternative to run of the mill chili powder.
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Liven up your favorite spicy recipes with this alternative to run-of-the-mill chili powder.

Chipotle Basics

"Chili powder" is actually made from a blend of spices. Various types of dried chilies are mixed with other flavors like garlic, cumin and oregano.

Chipotle peppers are red jalapenos that have been smoked so they’re not only spicy, they have a deep, rich and smoky flavor. Grind dried chipotles into a fine powder and you have a butt-kicking spice that will add big flavor with the smallest of sprinkles -- that's chipotle powder.

Nutrition Info

One tablespoon of chipotle chili powder has about 24 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Dried chili peppers also provide vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, riboflavin, vitamin B6, iron and potassium.

What to do with Chipotle Chili Powder

Of course, this spice is a sensational addition to chili, tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican dishes, but that’s not all. The smoky heat will also fire up a cup of soup, creamy dip, batch of hummus, mug of hot cocoa or slice of pizza.

Storage Tips

Store this ground spice in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. If your batch is no longer brightly colored with a strong aroma, it’s time to buy some more.

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