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Chile Ancho

Ancho Characteristics
Pronounced: AHN-choh
Scoville Units: 1,000 to as high as 3,000
Chile Ancho is a dried Chile Poblano. It is wide, heart-shaped, slightly squat, and 3 to 4 inches long with a deep reddish brown to brownish-black. Anchos ranges flavor from mild to pungent. After soaking in water, the ancho becomes a brick-red color. The rich, slightly fruit-flavored ancho is the sweetest of the dried chiles. It has a mild with tones of coffee, liquorice, tobacco, dried plum, raisin and little woodsiness. It is stuffed whole for chile relleno or blended with other ingredients to make moles. It is toasted lightly and torn into small pieces to be used as a table sauce or relish. It is ground into powder to use as a condiment and is a common ingredient for chile powder. Commercially, it is often confused with Chile Pasilla.

Varieties
Whole chiles
Ancho Powder (Chile Ancho Molido)


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