Chilli Ancho ground translates to “wide chilli” in Spanish and it is actually a dried Poblano pepper. They are a large dark purple sweet chilli that form the backbone of staple dishes such as tamales & red chilli beans. Its texture is wrinkled and it is a mild chilli originally from Puebla, Mexico. Also, it is a common and key ingredient in Mexican cuisine. It has a mild fruity flavour with undertones of plum, raisin, tobacco and a slight earthy bitterness. Add Chilli Ancho Dried Ground to your dishes to impart an authentic Mexican flavour.
Culinary Notes :
- Combine ground Chilli Ancho, Pasilla and Mulato Mexican chilli for preparing mole sauces. Key ingredient for prepare Mole Poblano, a spicy chocolate chili sauce originating in Puebla.
- Use it as key ingredient in red chili, tamales, enchiladas, salsa, soups and any sauce that may need some extra mild heat.
- Add it to your recipes to add a spicy kick.
- Use it in pozole rojo and roasted vegetable enchiladas.
All chillies – including Chilli Ancho – contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation and help with weight loss.
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wide chile, poblano chilli, Aji, Red Pepper