Ancho Chili Pepper
Made from ripe poblano peppers, ancho chili powder has a deep, rich, smoky flavor with mild to medium heat. The most commonly used dried chile in authentic Mexican cuisine, it is a key ingredient in adobos, moles, and sauces for enchiladas and salsas. Ancho chili powder also works well in salsas and chilis or as a seasoning for meat, vegetables, and beans. The smokiness of this pepper counterbalances sweeter vegetables like corn and sweet potatoes. Add a visual richness to dishes and blends with this dark, brick-red powder.
Originating in the Puebla Valley, just southeast of Mexico City, the ancho is one of the most popular dried chile varieties in the world.