Beneficios del Chile Ancho

Different types and recipes with ancho chili

Pedro Abad

In previous occasions we talked a little about the varieties of chili and their uses, this time we want to delve a little more into the subject and we chose the wide chili to tell you about its characteristics, benefits and how you can use it in cooking recipes.

First of all we must know that the dry ancho chili is itself the poblano chili but in its dried form. Among its main characteristics is that it measures around 12 centimeters long and 3 to 4 centimeters wide, so it has a characteristic triangular shape. In terms of color, it has a dark reddish tone that when made ancho chili sauce, gives it a characteristic strong red color.

In terms of itching, it is mild, since it has little capsaicin, a chemical compound that makes chili peppers hot.

It is very common to be confused with the mulato chili, it happens very often, so the best tip to differentiate them is to see them against the light, the mulato looks brown and the wide chili will look red.

By regions there are also varieties of ancho chili, for example the best known is San Luis Potosí where it is known as the Chinese chili. In Chiapas as chilhuacle chili, in other areas of the Gulf of Mexico as color chili, pasilla chili in Michoacán and dry pasilla chili in Colima. And so we could continue the list.

Benefits of red wide chili

Apart from being ideal in sauces, it is beneficial for health. Do you want to know more? Here are some reasons:

  1. It is anti-inflammatory, helps prevent pain, as well as being anti-irritant.
  2. It is rich in vitamin C, helping to prevent respiratory diseases and improving healing.
  3. It is good for the skin, due to its high iron content.
  4. Finally, it is an ally to take care of your heart, since it helps lower blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and is a great natural anticoagulant.


And to close it is good that you know, how or in what dishes can you use it? The truth is that it is so important in food preparation, especially in Mexican cuisine.

For example, with mole, combined with mulato chili, guajillo chili and pasilla chili. Surely you've tried it!

If you are a fan of eating chicken with sauces, you can prepare a sauce with this chili, it is also used in dishes with beef and pork. And for the reason that it doesn't sting much, it is even used to prepare cookies and chocolates.

Another simpler way to prepare them is to stuff them. In this case, since they are dry, you must let them soak for several minutes before using them. Some fill them with beans, cheese, and even macaroni and cheese. The truth is that all the options sound very delicious.

Now that you know more about the ancho pepper, when will you use it in your recipes? Remember that very soon we will continue sharing recipes with this ingredient and more from the variety of Don Zabor products. Stay tuned!