Homemade Smoked Chipotle

Homemade Smoked Chipotle

Make your own homemade Chipotle peppers with this easy method. Then use them for flavoring everything from soups to salsa.
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  • Serves: 5 persons



  1. Step 1

    First, you need a good clean smoker. Grease, oils or food particles from past smokes will leave a harsh and undesirable flavor on the chiles. Some people who make a lot of chipotles have a smoker for just this.
  2. Step 2

    Once you have the smoker good and clean, start the fire. You will need to do a long smoke. Depending on the moisture in the chiles you might be looking at more than 24 hours so plan on adding coals to the fire periodically.
  3. Step 3

    Wash and dry the jalapeños. Remove the stems and make sure they are in good condition. Place the jalapeños in a single layer on the rack and close the lid. Chipotles are best smoked with a fruity wood, but oak or hickory work well also. You will have good chipotles when the jalapeños have dried, become light in weight and a rich brown color. During the smoking process​, move the jalapeños around periodically and keep a close eye on the fire. Ideally, you should keep a cool, smoky fire that doesn't cook the chiles before they dry. Try for a consistent temperature of about 180 F / 82 C. There really is an art to this so don't be discouraged if it doesn't work out the first time.