Morita chilies are smoked red-ripe jalapeno peppers, much like the chipotle pepper. The main difference is that Moritas are smoked for less time, which leaves them softer and retains their slightly fruity flavor. They are very richly flavored.
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Dried Morita chile peppers contain vitamin A, C, the B vitamins and significant amounts of iron, thiamine, niacin, magnesium and riboflavin. Chiles are cholesterol-free, saturated fat-free, low calorie, low sodium, and high in fiber.
The dried Morita pepper has a smoky rich flavor and is commonly used in Mexican and Central American cuisines. Since it is a very hot-sweet pepper it is used in Mexican hot salsas and to marinate meat, chicken, or pork dishes.
Morita pepper in Spanish means "pepper black berry", it is called this because of its dark color and similar appearance to a blackberry. This pepper originated in northern Mexico and was used by the Aztec civilization.
Dried Morita chile peppers are grown in the Mexican northern state of Chihuahua. This pepper is widely consumed in Mexico. However, the majority of its use takes place in Mexico City, Puebla, and Veracruz.