Mexican Food NH: Let’s Celebrate Chipotle!

There are lots of flavors and spices that people associate with Mexican food. But there’s one that stands out from the crowd: chipotle. Chipotle is so important to Mexican cuisine that we celebrate it on May 5th. That’s right, it’s Cinco de Mayo and National Chipotle Day! This smoky spice has been an essential flavor in Mexican food for centuries, and we continuing the tradition with Mexican food in NH at Don Ramon!  

Let’s take a closer look at the history and use of chipotle and bringing authentic flavor to Mexican food in NH!


Are chipotle and jalapeño the same thing?

They start off as the same thing, namely jalapeños. Chipotle is jalapeño that is smoke-dried to preserve it. Once the jalapeño is completely dried, you can crush it into a powder to use as an ingredient in all kinds of foods. You’ll often find it in salsas and other sauces and as a seasoning on grilled meat. It’s good on pretty much anything, and it pairs very well with other ingredients, such as black beans, avocado, and lime.  

It’s a staple ingredient in Mexican food.

The use of chipotle in Mexican food dates all the way back to the Aztecs. They developed the smoke-dry preservation technique for jalapeños and discovered that the distinctive flavor was an excellent addition to their traditional dishes. When the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, they brought their own traditional foods with them. As the two cuisines combined, Mexican food evolved into what we enjoy today.  

It brings the spice and the heat.

There are multiple varieties of chipotle peppers, and the differences come from which variety of peppers are smoked. Chipotle brings both spice and heat to a dish, and how much heat depends on the type of pepper. Chipotle normally ranks in the medium to hot range, making it versatile and appealing to many tastes.  

Authentic Mexican Food in NH at Don Ramon

Are you craving the heat and spice of authentic Mexican cuisine tonight? Then come to Don Ramon for Mexican food in NH! We even have vegetarian options, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  

Visit us at 6 Whitney Street in Merrimack, or order online!