an·​cho ˈän-chō How to pronounce ancho (audio)
plural anchos
: 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 Add the ancho and pasilla peppers and fry quickly for 10 seconds on each side. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 The store supplied the guajillo and ancho chiles Garcia’s mother uses to make her salsa. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Heat up your Valentine's Day with Wingstop's Hot Honey dry rub wings, available for a limited time starting Feb. 14, delivering sweet flavors with a bold kick of cayenne pepper and ancho chili. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Add the cumin and ground ancho pepper; cook and stir for 1 minute more. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Apr. 2023 Cayenne is spicy, chipotle has a smoky flavor and moderate heat, and ancho is mildly spicy and fruity. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 1 Nov. 2023 Place the ancho and chipotle chiles in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Janelle Bitker, Tanay Warerkar, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 Ancho Reyes is a liqueur made from poblano chiles grown in Puebla, Mexico that are dried in the sun for about 20 days to become ancho chiles. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2023 Add seasonings: Stir in salt, ancho chile powder, ground cumin, and paprika; cook 2 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History


American Spanish (chile) ancho, literally, wide chili

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ancho was in 1902

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“Ancho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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