Chipotle chiles are ripened jalapeno chiles that are smoke-dried. They are also canned in a thick vinegar-based adobo sauce.
To handle chipotle chiles:
Wear kitchen gloves to prevent any cuts or abrasions on your hands from contacting the volatile oils. Wash your hands well with warm, soapy water after handling the chiles, and do not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas.For other varieties of chile, see Anaheim, ancho, arbol, bird's-eye, cayenne, chilaca, guajillo, habanero, jalapeno, mulato, pasilla, poblano, serrano, and yellow chiles, and dried red chiles and ground dried chile.