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powdered chipolte differs from smoked paprika

How does dried, powdered chipotle differ from smoked paprika and can they be used interchangeably? I want to make chipotle chocolate sauce for ice cream and am not sure of using the chipotle in adobo sauce for this purpose. I could experiment for certain but wanted a chowhound's comment.

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  1. Smoked paprika is a sweet smoky taste, dried powdered chipotle has noticeably more heat. Chipotle in adobo sauce will scorch you.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Spanish smoked paprika comes in 3 grades of heat. Dulce or sweet is the mildest and most common. But even the picante, hot, one is mild compared to chipotle.

      So a given level of heat in your sauce, the smoked paprika will contribute a lot more smokiness. So what is the chipotle chocolate sauce supposed to taste like (besides the chocolate)? A hint of heat or a hint of smokiness?

      1. re: Veggo

        We don't find chipotles in adobo scorchingly hot. I regularly chop up a couple with some of the sauce and add to max a half cup of mayo to put on burgers.

        @OP, are you looking at a recipe? If so, what does IT say?

        1. re: c oliver

          Mayonnaise won't scorch an average person. Chipotles in adobo will.

          1. re: Veggo

            I'm talking about two chipotles mixed into a small amount of mayo. It has heat but I've served it to children.

      2. Agreed w/ Veggo's comments. Chipotle powder packs way way way more heat than paprika does. Have a little taste of each one and you'll see.

        Awhile back I had a recipe that called for regular chili powder. I used chipotle chili powder instead, which rendered the dish so hot it was pretty much inedible, and I like hot.

        For your sauce, add a tiny bit of the chipotle in adobo, and taste. You can always add more, but you can't take away.

        1. What would I do without my chowhounds? You are the best. I knew I would get an answer. Think I will try a bit of smoked paprika and a little bit of chili to taste. Your help is so appreciated. I like spicy and not scorch.

          1. I think the adobo sauce is going to add flavors the powdered chipotle doesn't. I love both, and keep both on hand, but can't quite swallow the vinegar, onions, and garlic in the adobo sauce, on ice cream.

            Unless you've already made it, then I'm sure it will be fine!

            1. Apples and oranges.

              They taste different and have different heat levels