Ancho Chiles

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Ancho Chiles: Dried Poblano chiles (Capsicum Annuum) are also known as Ancho Chiles [Ahn-cho]. The word "ancho" is spanish for "wide", the chiles are generally flat, triangular in shape, and one of the largest chile peppers. (Chiles are the second most popular condiment after salt.) Anchos have a dark red color and are slightly sweet with a moderate heat (1,000 to 1,500 Scoville units). Dried, the flavor of ancho chiles is enhanced over the poblano, and they have a better shelf life and are easier to work with. Dried chiles offer great convenience for commercial kitchens and restaurants as they are easily stored and do not require refrigeration or special handling.

Common in mole, these chiles are produced in the heart of Mexico. Used along side Mulato and Pasilla chiles, and sometimes mistaken for Mulato and Pasilla chiles, Ancho chiles can grow to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. They can be purchased as whole dried peppers, granulated, powdered, or as a paste. A member of "the holy trinity" of chiles (with Mulato and Pasilla), they are very common in Mexican quisine and can be substituted for other chiles when necessary.

 

    Ancho Chile Facts:
  • Ancho chiles are dried Poblano chiles
  • Heat index - Mild (1,000 to 1,500 Scoville units, 3-4 on a scale of 10)
  • Produced in central Mexico
  • Anchos are dark reddish brown in color
  • Available whole, granulated, powdered, and as a paste
  • Common in Mexican cuisine, mole
  • 4" to 6" long and 2" to 3" wide
  • Latin or binomial name: Capsicum annuum
Nutritional data per 100g:

  • Alanine - 0.476 g
  • Arginine - 0.554 g
  • Ash - 5.89 g
  • Aspartic acid - 1.661 g
  • Calcium, Ca - 61 mg
  • Carbohydrate, by difference - 51.41 g
  • Copper, Cu - 0.508 mg
  • Cystine - 0.219 g
  • Energy - 1176 kj
  • Energy - 281 kcal
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated - 0.492 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated - 4.511 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated - 0.820 g
  • Fiber, total dietary - 21.6 g
  • Folate, DFE - 69 mcg_DFE
  • Folate, food - 69 mcg
  • Folate, total - 69 mcg
  • Glutamic acid - 1.532 g
  • Glycine - 0.425 g
  • Histidine - 0.232 g
  • Iron, Fe - 10.93 mg
  • Isoleucine - 0.373 g
  • Leucine - 0.605 g
  • Lysine - 0.515 g
  • Magnesium, Mg - 113 mg
  • Manganese, Mn - 1.279 mg
  • Methionine - 0.142 g
  • Niacin - 6.403 mg
  • Pantothenic acid - 1.993 mg
  • Phenylalanine - 0.361 g
  • Phosphorus, P - 201 mg
  • Potassium, K - 2411 mg
  • Proline - 0.502 g
  • Protein - 11.86 g
  • Riboflavin - 2.255 mg
  • Selenium, Se - 2.9 mcg
  • Serine - 0.464 g
  • Sodium, Na - 43 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.179 mg
  • Threonine - 0.425 g
  • Total lipid (fat) - 8.20 g
  • Tryptophan - 0.155 g
  • Tyrosine - 0.245 g
  • Valine - 0.489 g
  • Vitamin A, IU - 20438 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE - 1022 mcg_RAE
  • Vitamin B-6 - 3.535 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid - 2.0 mg
  • Water - 22.63 g
  • Zinc, Zn - 1.42 mg
  • Granulated Ancho Chiles
    Granulated Ancho Chiles

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