I am not sure how I found out about these but they are my favorite and I use them a lot lately. A chipotle is simply a smoked jalapeno pepper. I use the ones packed in adobo sauce but you can also get them dried or in a seasoning cube. Most of my recipes call for 2 or 3 peppers from a can so I have found if I puree the whole can and keep it in the fridge I have some already to use without cutting them up. They can be a little messy in the sauce. I will post an easy crock pot shredded chicken I use them in but you could use them in anything. They give a great smoky flavor and a little kick.