chi·​pot·​le | \chə-ˈpōt-lā, chē-, -ˈpȯt-, -lē \

Definition of chipotle 

: a smoked and usually dried jalapeño pepper

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Combine tomato sauce, chipotle, adobo sauce, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Tacos," 30 Oct. 2018 French Meadow Bakery & Cafe—serves up chipotle goat cheese quesadillas and bison short ribs along with scones and mini cheesecakes. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 There's offerings like the Mexico City, with a beef hot dog, guacamole, chipotle crema, double smoked bacon, queso fresco and tortilla strips. Carol Motsinger,, "Where are the country's best hot dogs? Some are in Cincinnati, says Travel Channel," 21 June 2018 Warm chunks of lobster are layered over a traditional nacho plate of tortilla chips, chipotle crema, melted aged cheddar and Oaxacan cheeses, black beans and salsa. Pam Kragen,, "15 must-try foods at Disneyland and Disney California parks this summer," 13 June 2018 Consider options such as braised beef with queso fresco and pico ($6.75); crispy fish or shrimp with cabbage slaw, pico, chipotle crema and cheese ($7.50); or grilled vegetable and hummus ($5.50). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "It's National Burrito Day! Mexican restaurants for build-your-own burritos," 5 Apr. 2018 There might be something to snack on like onion dip ($9) served with tortilla-like rounds of crisp black pepper and lentil chips, or french fries ($3/$6), or crispy tacos ($13) filled with either chicken or fish, coleslaw and chipotle crema. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best views of San Francisco? Head to MerSea, a new Treasure Island restaurant," 9 Mar. 2018 On a separate rimmed sheet pan, toss together beans, tomatoes, ¼ cup oil, chipotle chile and sauce, garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and salt to taste. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 The scallops are served on Mexican-style street corn paired with chimichurri sauce and smoky chipotle aioli. Claire Perez,, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of chipotle

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chipotle

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

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