The most popular of the dried chiles, ancho has a mild heat and a sweet fruity flavor. Add to chili, mole, salsas, and marinades and spice rubs for grilled meats.
WHAT IS ANCHO CHILE?
Ancho chile is a dried version of the almost-ripe red poblano pepper that originates from Mexico. The pepper is named Ancho due to its width as “ancho” means “wide” in Spanish. Ancho chile peppers have a mild spice level with a sweet, raisin-like and almost chocolatey flavor.
HOW TO USE ANCHO CHILE
Traditionally ancho chiles are usually incorporated with cooking sauces. You can also blend Ancho chile powder with other spices as part of a rub or marinade before cooking meats and vegetables.
ANCHO CHILE POWDER SUBSTITUTES
If you need a substitute in the spice aisle for ancho peppers, try chipotle powder which also provides a smoky flavor.
ANCHO CHILE STORAGE
Keep ancho chile powder in an airtight jar similar to all herbs and spices away from heat and moisture. We recommend a spice cabinet that is away from the sink, stove and not facing direct sunlight. When properly stored, dried bay leaves can last up to 3 years but we recommend to always check the best use date.
FLAVORS THAT GO WITH ANCHO CHILE POWDER:
Ancho pair nicely with these herbs and spices. Try them together the next time you're in the kitchen cooking something up for lunch or dinner.
- Cumin: Our pure cumin is an easy way to add deep, earthy citrusy flavors to spark your favorite meals. Cumin is one of the top 10 selling spices in the U.S. The spice dates back to Egypt 4,000 years ago, and McCormick Cumin is hand-harvested, sun-dried and carefully screened so you know you're getting nothing but the purest flavor. Add this spice for a warm flavor and earthy color to everyday soups, stews, meats and vegetables. Try ancho chile pepper and cumin together in a red pozole recipe.
- Cinnamon: Our pure cinnamon lends a warm, sweet aroma to everything from morning toast to cookies, and it also has a savory side, with earthy, mahogany-colored flavors
- Garlic: Dried garlic takes on a mellow, round flavor that elevates recipes both savory and sweet. Garlic is a member of the lily family, native to Central Asia and cousin to leeks, chives, onions and shallots. It’s the most pungent of the lilies, with a strong flavor and aroma. Unless you’re using it to ward off vampires, as people have done since the 1700s, it pays to use allium sativum with a gentle hand.
- Hot Chili: Hot chili pepper adds flavorful heat to chili, tacos, salsas and other Mexican-style dishes.
- Oregano: Meet oregano, a robust herb that comes in whole leaves or ground up, giving meals a peppery bite and a sweet, minty aroma. In Greek, oregano means “joy of the mountain." Even though it's super popular today, it actually wasn’t widely used in the U.S. until GIs returned from Italy during World War II. Our pure oregano is a delicious addition to any tomato dish, eggs and omelets, chicken, fish and pork, cooked vegetables, vinaigrettes and more. Consider it your go-to herb for that real Mediterranean flavor. Try oregano and ancho chile peppers with a Greek Tabbouleh Salad Arepas With Ancho Yogurt Sauce.
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