an·​cho | \ ˈän-chō How to pronounce ancho (audio) \
plural anchos

Definition of ancho

: a poblano chili pepper especially when mature and dried to a reddish black — compare poblano

Examples of ancho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Mexican cooks usually use pure ground dried chilis, such as ancho, guajillo or chipotle. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Want to make more Mexican food at home? Stock your pantry with these staples," 4 May 2020 Some of the most common varieties are guajillo, ancho, arbol, and pasillas, but there are actually dozens available. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Want to make more Mexican food at home? Stock your pantry with these staples," 4 May 2020 If dried chiles aren’t readily available, substitute ground pasilla or ancho powder. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The Most Comforting Chicken," 24 Apr. 2020 The edgier flavors get heightened by ancho and pasilla chiles, a dark and smoky flavor, cooked at a low simmer for a handful of hours. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "It’s chili time: Here are our 7 favorite bowls of red in Dallas," 27 Feb. 2020 This deep, dark chili gets its richness from bear meat, its kick from roasted ancho chiles and chipotle peppers, and its faint hint of sweetness from an unexpected (and bear-approved) source: wild blueberries. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Food Menu for Hunters and Anglers," 30 Jan. 2020 Look out for tacos and burritos stuffed with chicken tinga, pulled chicken with onions, tomatoes and chipotle peppers, and guisado de Puerco, slow-cooked stew with ancho and guajillo chiles. Grace Wong,, "Quirky rooftop bar Utopian Tailgate opens above The Second City, plus more Chicago restaurant openings and closings," 4 Sep. 2019 Cajun Shrimp Salad Spicy food is a big part of any Super Bowl party, and this salad features spicy shrimp and a dressing that gets its heat from ancho chile powder. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2020 food: 19 hearty salads to round out your party menu," 30 Jan. 2020 There are three types of heat: spice from an ancho chile, warmth from cinnamon and literal heat. Washington Post, "5 hot chocolate recipes to thaw your ice-cold heart," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ancho

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ancho

American Spanish (chile) ancho, literally, wide chili

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The first known use of ancho was in 1902

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25 May 2020

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“Ancho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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