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 The only vegetarian option listed was shredded Brussels sprouts with an ancho chile-almond-coconut-sweet potato puree., "With patio weather upon us, Project Takeout is a wrap," 27 Apr. 2021 The ancho and guajillo peppers add warmth and fruitiness, and the arbols add a zing just shy of sting. New York Times, "The Case for Stewed Tripe," 13 Jan. 2021 Chicken was the protein of choice this week, stewed until fall-apart tender in an ancho and guajillo chile broth. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Hominy has starring role in pozole," 13 Jan. 2021 This ancho chile gravy is the basis to countless enchilada combination plates found anywhere Tex-Mex food is served. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Tex-Mex-Style Ancho Chile Gravy Enchiladas," 9 Sep. 2020 When the soup has simmered for at least 20 minutes, add the ancho purée., "Recipe: Pozole Poblano," 20 Oct. 2020 Process at least 3 ancho chiles and freeze the extra for other uses. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Tex-Mex-Style Ancho Chile Gravy Enchiladas," 9 Sep. 2020 Braising liquid that gets color and spice from guajillo and ancho chilies is boiled down to a consommé often served alongside the dish. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "D-FW’s birria taco scene is booming, including a new vegan spot," 11 Aug. 2020 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Ancho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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