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

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Transfer the ground toasted spices to a medium bowl and whisk in the brown sugar, paprika, granulated garlic, dry mustard powder, ancho chile powder, salt, and black pepper. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 In a bowl, toss chicken with cocoa powder, ancho, cinnamon, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Mole Tacos," 17 Jan. 2019 Transfer to a mixing bowl, then stir in the beans, corn, vegan cheese, ancho chile powder, cumin and salt. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "How to make crispy, convenient taquitos (Slurpee not included)," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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