Ancho chilis are known for a low key and fruity plum flavour, it’s name means wide in Spanish.
When fresh, they are known as Poblanos peppers which are a closely-related variety to Mulato peppers.
On the heat scale, it’s on the lower end. More mild than Pasilla, Guajillo, Chipotle and Arbol.
It’s a fantastic addition to a Tortilla Soup!
To maximize flavour, it is recommended that you rehydrate them or grind them.
Steps to rehydrate:
- Start by searing them on a pan
- Remove the stem and the seeds
- Place in boiling water until the texture is soft
Extra tip: add some onions to the water, then transfer directly to the blender along with some tomatoes and a splash of the same water. This is the base ingredient for many delicious sauces!
Steps to grind:
- Remove the stems and most of the seeds
- Cut into smaller pieces
- Grind using a coffee grinder
Extra tip: We don’t recommend using the same coffee grinder for coffee later! Unless you like really HOT coffee
Heat lovers: if spice is your priority, we actually recommend leaving the seeds and only removing the stems. In that case, rehydrating the chilis is a better alternative over grinding them because the process of searing them on the pan will bring out the spice.
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