Chipotle (tchee-POT-leh) is a smoke-dried ripe (red) jalapeno chile pepper used primarily in Mexican cuisine. Most chipotle chiles are produced in the state of Chihuahua including the popular variety known as a Morita. In central and southern Mexico, chipotle chiles are known as chile meco, chile ahumado, or típico. Chipotle can be purchased dried whole, powdered, or jarred/canned in adobo sauce.