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Difference Between Chipotle Powder and Chili Powder

Only pepper lovers know pepper is not just any pepper. Queries concerning the heat, substitution, flavor, workability with other ingredients and even taste always come up when choosing pepper.  Chipotle powder and chili powder are among the million species and forms of chili available worldwide. Although both are pretty popular, they have differences.

 

What is Chipotle Powder?

Popular in Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes, this is a chili powder that is derived from dried and smoked jalapeno peppers. As a result, it is hotter. It also has a smoky and earthy taste as a result of the smoking process.

 

What is Chili Powder?

This is a seasoning powder made of chili powder and other spices such as cumin powder, garlic powder and oregano. The chili type used varies based on the brand. However, among the most common chili used to make chili powder is cayenne, Chipotle, pasilla, Aleppo and ancho. Chili powder has a pungent and spicy taste due to the spices blend. It’s common in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, American, Indian and Thai cuisines.

 

Similarities between Chipotle Powder and Chili Powder

  • Both are common in Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes

 

Differences between Chipotle Powder and Chili Powder

Definition

Chipotle powder is a chili powder that is derived from dried and smoked jalapeno peppers. On the other hand, chili powder is a seasoning blend made of chili powder as its base and mixed with other spices such as cumin powder, oregano, and garlic powder.

Heat

Chipotle has more heat in comparison to Chili powder as a result of the mixture with other spices. 

Taste

Chipotle powder has a smoky and earthy taste as a result of the smoking process. On the other hand, chili powder has a pungent and spicy taste due to the spices blend.

Chipotle Powder vs. Chili Powder: Comparison Table

 

Summary of Chipotle Powder vs. Chili Powder

Chipotle powder is a chili powder that is derived from dried and smoked jalapeno peppers. On the other hand, chili powder is a seasoning powder made of chili powder and other spices such as cumin powder, garlic powder and oregano. As a result, it has less heat. Although used for different recipes, both remain popular in Tex-Mex dishes.


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