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How to pronounce chipotle
Chipotle is a Mexican Spanish word which derives from a Nahuatl word which means 'smoked pepper'. Nahuatl falls broadly under the Aztec languages. In the USA, 'chipotle' tends to be highly americanized, with people pronouncing it tchee:POHT:lay. The Mexican pronunciation is a little different: you say tchee:POT:leh. Many people mispronounce chipotle by saying chee:PO:til. This is not an acceptable pronunciation. Don't use it, it's completely indefensible.
I prefer to pronounce the word closer to the Spanish pronunciation, but once a pronunciation takes off, it sticks whether it's wrong or right. Language evolves, so you have to be flexible with pronunciations. Use whichever pronunciation you feel more comfortable with, and bear in mind that the americanized version has become correct by usage. You can listen to both here:
If you are a pronunciation geek, here's how to say nahuatl:
What is a chipotle pepper?
Chipotle chilis are jalapeño peppers that have been smoked. Unlike regular jalapeños which are picked while green, chipotle peppers are left to ripen on the bush until dark red which are then smoked. They add a rich smokey taste to Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern recipes.
Chipotle peppers come in different forms. You can buy chipotle powder, the whole pods which often resemble raisins or prunes, chipotle paste, and chipotle en adobo which is used as a marinade for meat.Pronunciation Chipotle en adobo:
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