What is a chipotle pepper? It is a smoked, dried jalapeno pepper.
So chipotle peppers not only add heat, they add a smoky flavour. In a pinch, you can combine fresh jalapeno peppers and smoked paprika to a dish to approximate the heat and smoky flavour of chipotle seasoning.
Chipotle chile peppers have crinkled brown skin and a complex smoky, nutty flavour with hints of sweetened chocolate. They fall mid-range on the chilli pepper heat index and are produced by drying and smoking jalapeo peppers.
Urban Platter Chipotle seasoning results from further drying the peppers and then grinding them into a fine powder with plenty of other spices and condiments. Chipotle can season many different stews, sauces and Tex-Mex-inspired dishes.