an·​cho | \ˈän-chō \
plural anchos

Definition of ancho 

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

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In this version, a flank steak is marinated in a mix of ancho chile for heat, brown sugar for caramelization, and dried oregano and toasted sesame oil for complexity. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Salad Primed for the Grill," 18 May 2018 The ancho chili sauce tops old-school cheddar-onion enchiladas, or try the Hatch chile verde atop chicken enchiladas. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Here's a new Arlington hangout: burgers, craft beers at Tipsy Oak | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Enmoladas are loose rolls of tortillas, akin to enchiladas, enveloped in a mole that melds plantains and raisins with almonds and austerely dark chocolate, underscored by notes of smoke and fruit from pasilla, guajillo and ancho chiles. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "An Ex-Bodega Takes a Star Turn at Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca," 15 Mar. 2018 The secret to its spicy kick is poblano and ancho chili peppers. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "BBQ on demand: 5 things to know about ClusterTruck, downtown's 'virtual food truck' | The Kansas City Star," 20 Mar. 2018 Sometimes, hot peppers, including habanero, ancho and jalapeno, can be hard to find in garden centers. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Seeds can be easy to grow in garden," 2 Feb. 2018 The chiles are legion: guajillo, pasilla, ancho and arbol, a confluence of smoke and berries, raisins and chocolate, pine and grass. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Taqueria El Sinaloense, Regional Dishes Worth an Early Trip," 15 Feb. 2018 As the menu implies, the ancho chile shrimp ($13) is a spicy little number. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa shines in its new lofty digs," 25 Jan. 2018 Crushed baby gold potatoes and roasted garlic and ancho aioli is served on the side. Carolina Gusman,, "Buzz-worthy event sets coffee lovers in search of region’s best cup of joe," 10 Jan. 2018

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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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