Dried Chipotle Chile Pods can be used whole to give flavor to stews, soups or in the braising liquid for meats. Chipotle chiles have a smoky flavor and definitive heat that make them unique. Pureed or soaked they go perfectly with sauces!! Use Chipotles to flavor salsas, soups, sauces, stews and even an occasional dessert. In order for the Chipotle chiles to last and hold their flavor for up to a year, store in airtight container in a cool, dark location. Heat and light can take away the flavor of the chipotle peppers, while moisture can spoil them. To use in most recipes, cover the chiles in cool water for 20 minutes to rehydrate.