Ancho Chile

Ancho Chile
Ancho Chile
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1 oz
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Ancho Chiles (pronounced "AHN-cho"), Capsicum annuum, are also referred to as chile ancho, ancho chili, and ancho pepper. Known as poblano chiles when in their fresh state, this mild chile is native to the Mexican state of Puebla. 

The name chile ancho translates as "wide chile". This heart shaped dried pepper is about 3" wide and 4" in length and tapers to a point. They are a deep, reddish brown to black in color and the texture is wrinkled. 

A top-grade Ancho should be clean, pliable, untorn and aromatic with a smell that is a bit like prunes.

Ancho Chiles are the most commonly used dried chile in Mexican cuisine and are one of the famous "holy trinity" of chiles used in Mexican moles, along with Pasilla Negro Chiles and Guajillo Chiles. 

There are typically 2 Ancho Chiles per ounce.

1 whole Ancho Chile = 1 heaping tablespoon of Ancho Chile Flakes = 1 level tablespoon of Ancho Chile Powder. 


Flavor Profile

Ancho Chiles have a mild, fruity flavor with undertones of plum, raisin, chocolate, and tobacco, and a slight earthy bitterness.


Heat Level

This is considered a mild chile, measuring between 500-1,500 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).


How to Use

The staple chile in authentic Mexican cooking, Ancho peppers are a critical ingredient in birria, red chili, tamales, pozole, many moles, enchiladas, salsa, soups and any sauce that may need some deep chile flavor. Add to a spice rub and sprinkle over meats and vegetables. It goes particularly well with beef and pork.

You can substitute Mulato Chiles for Ancho Chiles, since they also come from the poblano pepper. They share many flavor characteristics and a similar heat level. Pasilla Negro Chiles are just about as mild as the Ancho, and delivers the same sort of deep, rich flavors as the Ancho. Guajillo Chiles are a little bit hotter than the Ancho, but have a similar fruity flavor and depth.


Country of Origin

Depending on the time of year, our Ancho Chiles may come from either Mexico or the United States.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 15g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g2%

Saturated Fat0g1%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate9.3g3%

Dietary Fiber3.3g13%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

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62 total ratings.

vikas p. (Verified buyer) 05/08/2022
Quality was. As expected of Quality was. As expected of them so that we can recreate the flavours of Mexico

MICHAEL E. (Verified buyer) 03/30/2022
Very good quality and flavor Very good quality and flavor

Raymond B. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2022
I love Spices Inc. for I love Spices Inc. for there quality, freshness. This is one of multiple orders. Very happy with product and quality as usual.

Camille R. (Verified buyer) 01/09/2022
aroma and flavor are excellent. aroma and flavor are excellent. Make the dish

Robert E. (Verified buyer) 11/14/2021
Chile man Excellent quality, great price and quick to ship. Will buy again.

Cathy M. (Verified buyer) 11/14/2021
great taste and always fresh great taste and always fresh

Richard A. (Verified buyer) 10/29/2021
Great peppers!! Great peppers!!

Paul F. (Verified buyer) 10/03/2021
Spices looked better than I Spices looked better than I remember in the past especially the black peppers. Dried anchos and New Mexican reds look amazing. Haven’t opened Mexican oregano yet but looks good?

Cyrus Y. (Verified buyer) 05/02/2021
I have made chili sauce I have made chili sauce with Ancho, Mulato, and Pasilla chili pepper from Spices Inc. for years. Good quality chili pepper at a reasonable price.

Ronald W. (Verified buyer) 03/05/2021
Awesome Anchos These chilis are wonderful. Not too dried out as others I have purchased. The aroma is awesome when toasting. The are the main attraction in my Texas Chili!
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