The Ancho Chile is a dried version of the poblano pepper. Sweet and full-flavored, these chiles provide mild to medium heat with an earthy, mildly fruity flavor with hints of coffee and a faint raisin taste.
- Medium to mild heat, ancho chile has mild heat with sweet-savory flavor great for enchiladas, salsas, mole, and sauces
- Color ranges from red to purple to brown
- 3 to 5 inches long
- Medium-thick wrinkled flesh
- Ranges 500 to 3,000 on Scoville Heat Scale
These dried Ancho peppers can be used whole or ground into chili powder, toasted or soaked in hot simmering water until rehydrated. Most of their heat is contained in the seeds and veins, so for all the sweet flavor but none of the heat, remove seeds before cooking.