Yesterday, we smoked some jalapenos just for fun. Today we have these beautiful dried jalapenos that I believe are essentially home-made chipotles. I am no expert, and I think that ripe red jalapenos give more legit chipotle, but regardless – this stuff is gooood. I took out our trusty mortar and pestle and ground up the smoked-dried chili peppers, and got a beautiful ground spice:
I just had a little nibble – smoky, roasted, fruity, and of course a gentle long heat. So delicious and totally worth every leaked out tear as these were drying out in the smoker!