chi·​pot·​le chə-ˈpōt-lā How to pronounce chipotle (audio)
: a smoked and usually dried jalapeño pepper

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wisconsin Sweet Corn features sweet corn, lime, chili, chipotle, salt and cotija cheese. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2023 Brunch will include four different stations with salads, carved beef tenderloin, chipotle salmon and a variety of pies, cakes and pastries. Dallas News, 25 Apr. 2022 The other item is the Bacon Grilled Cheese Burrito ($5.99), made with steak, potato bites, chipotle sauce, low-fat sour cream, nacho cheese sauce, and bacon, wrapped in a tortilla, topped with a three-cheese blend and grilled. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 Included on Oprah's Favorite Things, The Artist Capsule includes the Ardor olive oil (infused with red chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, chipotle peppers, and paprika), the Rosette olive oil (infused with garlic), Lucid olive oil (infused with lemon), and the Arise olive oil (infused with basil). Erika Veurink, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2022 Add 1/3 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, and maybe a pinch of smoky chipotle spice, to the batter and bake as above. Beth Segal, cleveland, 17 Mar. 2021 For the chipotle, remove only the stem. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2022 The chicken filling is a densely layered chicken tinga that starts with fresh chicken stock with lots of onions and garlic and chipotle. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2021 Drain, stem and finely chop the chipotle. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat until shimmery. Gregory Gourdet, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish chipotle, chilpotle, from Nahuatl *chīlpōctli, from chīlli chili pepper + pōctli smoke, something smoked

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chipotle was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Chipotle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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