You can control how spicy this is by how many chipolte pepper in adobo sauce you add. I buy a can of chipolte peppers in adobo sauce and place each pepper in a ice cube tray slot with a little sauce and freeze it. That way I can take out just one when needed or however many I want. I could never use the whole can I like just a little heat. I just used one chipolte pepper and it was just right. I also do this with tomato paste. By putting it in an ice cube tray and freezing it I can take out a tablespoon at a time when needed instead of wasting a whole can.