Chipotle Chiles Jalapenos that are smoked and then dried. There are many different beliefs regarding the difference between brown and morita chipotles. One understanding is that the brown chipotles are the green jalapenos and the moritas are the red, fully mature chipotles. Full ripening gives these morita chiles a unique, medium hot, smoky flavor which is popular in many southwestern dishes. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep reddish brown color. The word ‘chipotle’ translates to ‘smoked chile’. Consider the chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest).