Chipotle Pop Quiz: Test Your Pepper Knowledge

How well do you know this popular dried chili?

Let’s pop quiz your knowledge of the popular chipotle pepper! Below are 10 questions. Can you answer them all correctly? We let you know how you do on each question in real time, so this is a fun way to get the basics down on the chipotle.

All answers can be discovered here at PepperScale. Our chipotle peppers 101 profile is the best place to start. Also check out our hot pepper list to get a fuller picture on how the chipotle compares to other chilies on the Scoville scale. There’s more to discover, too, so have fun and explore!

Chipotle chilies are dried and smoked:

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Chipotle peppers are a form of jalapeños - both dried and smoked!

How hot are chipotle peppers?

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Chipotle peppers have the same overall Scoville heat range as jalapeño peppers: 2,500 to 8,000 SHU.

What color pepper is used to make a chipotle pepper?

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Chipotle peppers are actually made from ripe red jalapeños, not from young green jalapeños.

What do chipotle peppers taste like (beyond spicy)?

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The smoking and drying process gives chipotle peppers a delicious smoky and earthy flavor that's perfect for BBQ.

Which is hotter? Chipotle pepper or ancho pepper?

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Chipotle peppers are a dried form of jalapeños (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units) while ancho peppers are a dried form of poblano peppers (1,000 to 1,500 SHU). Anchos are much milder.

Where do chipotle peppers originate?

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They originate from the same location that jalapeños originate from: Mexico.

Can chipotle peppers taste hotter than jalapeños on average?

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Chipotle peppers can taste hotter on average for two reasons. The first: they are made from ripe red jalapeños which typically have more capsaicin than green jalapeños (since they've spent longer on the vine). Capsaicin is the compound that makes peppers hot. Second, dried chilies have the same capsaicin as they did when fresh, but in a concentrated space.

Do chipotle peppers have a sweet undertone?

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Green jalapeños are bright and grassy in flavor, but as they age on the vine turning red, they gain in sweetness. Red jalapeños are what chipotle are made from.

What capsicum species is the chipotle pepper?

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Chipotle peppers are the same capsicum species as jalapeños: annuum.

You have chipotle powder and cayenne powder in your spice rack? Which is hotter?

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Cayenne powder (30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units) is much hotter than chipotle powder (2,500 to 8,000 SHU). The flavor is different, too. Cayenne powder brings heat, but a neutral overall taste. Chipotle has that delicious earthy smokiness no matter the form it's in.

Chipotle Pepper Pop Quiz
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 24, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on November 8, 2019.