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The most commonly used dried chile in Mexico, the Ancho Chile is actually a dried Poblano pepper. Poblano translates to “people chile” and is a mild chile native to the Mexican State of Puebla. The dried poblano is called chile ancho which translates to “wide chile”. Poblanos are from the species Capsicum Annum.

Key to Authentic Mexican Cuisine
The Dried Ancho Chile is a key chile in the famous “holy trinity” of Mexican chiles used in Mexican moles along with the Pasilla Negro and the Mulato chiles. As they both come from Poblano chiles, Mulato chiles are closely related to the Ancho chile but the flavor profile is different, as they are picked and dried at different times.

The staple chile in authentic Mexican cooking,  Anchos are a critical ingredient in red chili, tamales, many moles, enchiladas, salsa, soups and any sauce that may need some extra mild heat. You can add them directly to your recipes – sliced, diced or pureed. The whole dried pod can be ground in a blender (with or without the seeds, depending on your heat tolerance) or you may want to skip the work and order our popular Ancho Chili Powder or Ancho Flakes instead. If you want to impart an authentic Mexican flavor to your food, use our whole pods for flavor.

How to Use Them
Some cooks prefer to toast their Ancho Chiles first for additional flavor, and they can easily be re-hydrated by pouring boiling water over them and letting sit about 20 minutes. Don’t let them soak any longer than that, as they tend to become bitter. A puree of soaked chile Anchos will be reddish brown with a rich, mild, almost sweet taste and a hint of residual bitterness. Per ounce, Anchos provide more pulp than most chiles.

Appearance, Heat and Flavor Profile
Ancho peppers are a deep, reddish brown to black in color and the texture is wrinkled. They have a mild fruity flavor with undertones of plum, raisin, tobacco and a slight earthy bitterness.

This is considered a medium heat chile (4,000-9,000 on the Scoville Heat Scale).

This heart shaped dried pepper is about 3” wide and 4” in length and tapers to a point. A top quality Ancho should be clean, pliable, untorn and aromatic with a smell that is a bit like prunes. Our Ancho chiles are very fresh and pliable.

Helpful Hints
There are approximately 2 Ancho chiles per ounce.

Some of our favorite Mexican chiles are Habanero, de Arbol, Serrano, Jalapeno, Pasilla Negro, Pasilla de Oaxaca, Chipotle "Moritas", Chipotle "Mecos" and Guajillo.

Some of our favorite recipes using Dried Ancho Chiles are Pozole Rojo and Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas.

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Customer Reviews
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1. on 2/15/2015, said:
Upon receiving my 10 pound bag of whole ancho chiles, I performed my "ritual testing" to ensure their quality. I found them to be consistent in overall color, the taste was very mild and pleasing with a hint of heat, and the smell reminded me of opening a bag of dried plums. Overall, the product reminded my of my youth when we would dry chiles on our back porch and I would visit just to take in the smell of fresh dried chiles. Great quality!!
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2. on 4/8/2014, said:
Supple, leathery and full of aroma as dried chiles should be and too often are not. This is my first order from Spices inc, but it will not be my last. Very satisfied customer!
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3. on 2/8/2014, said:
I love this ones! They have a unique structure, which works great in all dishes!
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4. on 10/4/2013, said:
Great product, pliable and wonderful aroma. Highly recommend, as I use them to make my own spice blend.
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5. on 7/8/2013, said:
These were nice and pliable showing that the oils were still present needed for maximum flavor.
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