Did you know a chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeño?
The word chipotle comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli which means smoked chili. The people’s who lived in Mexico before the Aztec civilization are thought to have invented it.
The jalapeño chili is used in Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and southwestern dishes from New Mexico.
Read our article and learn more on the differences in Mexican and Tex-Mex food: Mexican vs. Tex-Mex: What is the Difference?
Jalapeños come in different varieties, sizes and heat or spiciness.
The chili loses a little of its heat through the smoking process, and many enjoy both its spiciness and the natural wood smoke taste that accompanies it.
The chipotle now enjoys a broad range of uses throughout the USA and Canada.
This recipe is a southwestern USA inspired delight.
Stuffed Sweet Potato with Chipotle Black Bean and Corn Salad
4 small sweet potato, baked
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 teaspoons raw honey
2 teaspoons adobe sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh pepper, optional
In a smaller bowl, mix together the lime zest and juice, oil, honey, adobo, salt and pepper.
Pour over the black bean mixture and toss to combine.
Plate and serve.
These stuffed sweet potatoes can be served as a stand alone dish or served as a side dish.
Enjoy this recipe in soup form – Southwestern Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup
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