Ancho peppers are a deep, reddish brown to black in color and their texture is wrinkled. They have a mild fruity, sweet, slightly smoky flavor with undertones of plum, raisin, tobacco and a slightly earthy bitterness. With a mild to medium heat (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.
Recommended Use: Ground Ancho chile powder is used in spice rubs or for making mole or enchilada sauce. Ancho chile powder is also used to intensify adobados (meat marinated or seasoned with an adobo is referred to as adobado), beans, beef, casseroles, chicken, dips, pasta, pizza, popcorn, pork, red chili, rice, salsa, soups and stews.