Product: Chipotle Meco Dried from $10.50 lb USD

There are approximately 9 chiles per ounce. (depending on the chile size varies)

MOQ: 11 lbs case

Brown, wrinkled, and looking like a discarded cigar, the brown (aka Meco) chipotle isn’t one that’ll win any beauty contests. Looking like old tobacco and smelling like it with a mix of smoke, black powder, and aged leather this pepper is one of those who want powerful flavor from their chiles. 

Rinse this product with warm water first. To rehydrate, let soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Next, add to any recipe where the product will cook for a minimum of 10 minutes. You may also, after rehydration, dice or puree before adding to your recipe.

  • Whole
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Cuisine Cajun, Caribbean, Latin American, Mexican, Southwestern American
  • Scoville Heat Scale 3,500–8,000
  • Shelf Life 3 years
  • Origin: Mexico

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Chipotle Meco Peppers are smoked jalapenos and are used primarily in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. Jalapenos are the species Capsicum annuum. The harder-to-find Chipotle Meco Pepper chiles are also known as Chile “Meco” or Chipotle Tipico.

Chipotle Meco Dried

In a typical jalapeno field, a grower makes multiple passes harvesting the unripe green jalapenos for local markets. At the end of the growing season, the remaining jalapenos have fully ripened turning a brilliant red and there is a growing demand for these freshly picked, ripened red jalapenos in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Brown chipotles can be used anywhere you use a Morita chipotle, this one just offers a huskier flavor with a lot more smoke. Outside of its usual culinary rigmaroles, this chile is fantastic when toasted, ground, and mixed with a bit of ground cinnamon before being swirled into a cup of hot chocolate.

Two Types of Chipotle Chiles

While the Chipotle Meco Pepper has become wildly popular in the U.S. in the last 10 years a true chilehead knows there is more than one type of Chipotle. There are actually two types of chipotle chiles – “Morita” and “Meco”. Both the Morita and the Meco are smoked jalapenos.
The more commonly used in our country is the Chipotle “Morita” chile. “Morita” translates to “little blackberry” in Spanish, these chiles are the smaller of the two and are more leathery and pliable. The Chipotle Meco Pepper is larger and stiffer with a grayish-tan coloring and is best described as looking like a cigar butt.

“Morita” Chipotles are picked when the jalapenos are still green and are then smoked. “Meco” Chipotle chiles are mature jalapenos that are left in the bush even longer than those that are picked as red jalapenos to be sold in various markets.

This additional time on the bush results in an even deeper red color and as these chiles start losing their moisture they’re then harvested to be transformed into “Meco” chipotles.

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Smoking Times

“Meco” chipotles are smoked for about twice as long as “Moritas” which gives them a more intense and richer flavor. In northern Mexico, fully ripened red jalapenos are smoked in large pots on a rack constructed of bamboo, metal, or wood. Another pit is built nearby that houses the fire and there is a connecting tunnel where drafts of air pull the smoke up and over the pods.

“Meco” Chipotles smoked in this time-honored Mexican tradition are much more difficult to get here in the U.S. and depending on the supplier may be much more expensive than the “Morita’s” with prices typically being $4-$8 more per lb.

Because of this big price difference be aware of either unscrupulous suppliers or suppliers lacking sufficient knowledge selling “Moritas” in place of “Mecos”. Chipotle “Morita” Chiles are certainly not inferior chiles (just different) as they are actually quite delicious and their flavor profile is even preferred by some.

Most chiliheads view the Chipotle Meco Pepper chipotle as the better quality of the two and if you’ve never experienced a Chipotle Meco Pepper you are in for a real treat!

Chipotle Meco Chiles


Heat Level and Flavor Profile

Chipotle Meco Pepper Chiles are considered medium heat chile and come in at 5,000 to 10,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

The flavor profile is smoky with a slightly spicy, grassy fruitiness. The “Meco” also tends to hold up better than the “Morita” to stronger flavors.

Recommended Applications

Whole Brown Chipotle Chiles can be used to enhance the flavor in chili, enchilada sauces, stew, barbecue ribs, or cornbread. Their unique smoky flavoring complements poultry, red meats, and fall squash.

Helpful Hints

We also carry a growing selection of Mexican chiles with the most popular being Ancho Chiles, Pasilla Chiles, Habanero Chiles, and Guajillo Chiles. If you prefer the convenience of powder then check out our Chipotle “Meco” Chile Powder.

You’ll also find a nice selection of chile powders and chile flakes.

Chipotle Meco

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Packing Details

  • Unit Type: Piece
  • Carton Case
  • Package Weight: 11 lbs

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Additional information

Weight 11 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 30 × 20 in

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