About Ancho Chile Powder
Ancho chile powder is made from dried poblano peppers and is most commonly used in Mexican cuisine. Ancho chile peppers have flavor that is mild, earthy, sweet, fruity with hints of plum and tobacco, and a slight smokiness. The heat level varies from mild to medium (4,000-9,000 SHU).
Ancho powder is one of three chiles used to make Mexican mole (the “holy trinity” of Mexican chiles) — the other two are Pasilla and Mulato.
Use Ancho powder to enhance chicken, beef, pork, pasta sauces, rice dishes, black beans, enchiladas, salsa recipes, and guacamole. It goes well with pretty much any Mexican-style dish. Ancho chile powder is also sometimes used in making Adobo sauce along with cumin, dried oregano, ground cloves, black pepper, and other spices.
Scoville Heat Units: 4,000-9,000 SHU