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"Chipotle" comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli (Nahuatl pronunciation: [t͡ʃiː ˈpoːct͡ɬi], meaning "smoked chili", is a smoke-dried jalapeño.
It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern dishes.
A chipotle's heat is similar to that of the Espelette pepper, jalapeño, Guajillo chili, Hungarian wax pepper, Anaheim pepper, and Tabasco sauce.