A dried deep reddish brown chile pepper about 3 inches wide and 4 inches long with a sweet hot flavor. When fresh they are referred to as poblanos. Anchos are flat, wrinkled, and heart shaped. The ancho is the sweetest of the dried chiles; and is most commonly used in authentic Mexican cooking and is a staple in red chili and tamales.
Plural: Ancho chile peppers
Season: available year-round
How to store: In airtight containers or freezer for up to 1 year.
How to prepare: For most recipes soak in hot water for 30 minutes to restore, before using.