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 Aleppo pepper, an ancho-like crushed chile, can substitute for Turkish pepper. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2022 The ancho chile, rehydrated in a piloncillo syrup and filled with a semi-frozen chocolate mousse, is not to be missed. Bon Appétit, 3 May 2022 Chopped scallions, shredded Jack cheese and sour cream, for topping Directions Tear ancho chiles into pieces, discarding seeds and stems. Dave Quinn,, 25 Feb. 2022 Add the ancho chiles, chiles de arbol, garlic, walnuts, pistachios and pine nuts, and cook, stirring, until the garlic is lightly browned and the mixture is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 Place the ancho and chipotle chiles in a blender, along with 1⁄2 cup of their cooking liquid. Janelle Bitker, Tanay Warerkar, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 There’s no sacrificing flavor here with ancho, guajillo, pasilla and árbol chiles marrying with the meaty mushrooms for a satisfying bite. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 Dessert includes an ancho chile torte and horchata bread pudding. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 It’s traditionally made with ancho and guajillo chiles, herbs, vinegar and garlic and supplies mild to moderate heat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 20 June 2021 See More

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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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“Ancho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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