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Sun Aug 29, 2021, 12:20 PM

Ancho peppers

My husband convinced me to buy a couple of fresh Ancho peppers at a farmstand yesterday. I've never used any kind but the dried ones. What do I do with these? Can I just put them in salsa cruda or do I roast them or what? HELP!

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Jilly_in_VA Aug 29 OP
Flo Mingo Aug 29 #1
Jilly_in_VA Aug 29 #2
Retrograde Aug 29 #5
yellowdogintexas Sep 16 #6
wcast Aug 29 #3
Kali Aug 29 #4
trof Sep 17 #7

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 12:28 PM

1. If you have a fresh Ancho pepper

You have a poblano. It's a super mild pepper and I like to substitue them for Green bell peppers anywhere they're called for. Not nearly as gassy and more flavorful!

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Response to Flo Mingo (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 12:36 PM

2. They don't look like poblanos

They are a dark purplish brown. But thanks for the info.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 07:54 PM

5. Pepper names can vary from place to place

Last edited Sun Aug 29, 2021, 08:55 PM - Edit history (1)

but as other posters have said, anchos are usually dried poblanos. However, there is a variety of poblano called muleta isleno that is a darkish purple/brown when ripe.

There's a great book called "Peppers of the Americas" that has color photos of a lot of fresh and dried peppers, and recipes. Check if your local library has a copy

ETA: I use poblanos for stuffed peppers: rice, onions, beans or meat depending on my mood, a tomato-based sauce

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:23 PM

6. I put them in chili (along with jalapeno and serrano) nt

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:12 PM

3. Ancho is the dried version of a poblano pepper.

You could make Chile rellenos which is what I always order at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 02:07 PM

4. fresh ancho equals poblano. good with a steak on the grill

def blacken it for best flavor. they are mild, use like a bell pepper

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 06:45 PM

7. Chili Rellenos!

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