Definition of ancho in English:

ancho

(also ancho chilli)

noun

  • A large aromatic variety of chilli, used (usually dried) in dishes of Mexican origin or style.

    • ‘They come to dine on the popular eatery's cinnamon rolls, the roasted ancho chile rellenos, the strong coffee.’
    • ‘The barbecued ribs (lacquered with a sweet sauce made with ancho chilies and guava) were stacked like little logs and fell neatly off the bone.’
    • ‘If you can't find them, substitute dried ancho chiles.’
    • ‘Ladle some sauce over the shank and drizzle some ancho chili honey on top.’
    • ‘Discard the ancho chili and season with the lime juice and salt.’
    • ‘Soak the ancho chili in warm water for 20 minutes and drain.’
    • ‘Other options on the menu include the tortilla soup, a large bowl of tasty broth, made with ancho and guajillo chillies.’
    • ‘When it's done, I'll fry a potato with some ancho chili in the same oil (I wish I could find the salt).’
    • ‘Much of the sophistication of Mexican cuisine comes from the use of more than one hundred different types of chiles, which range from the large and ‘sweet’ chile ancho to the small and extremely hot chile habanero.’
    • ‘I love a side dish of anchos sauteed in butter and olive oil, more butter and olive oil than they need.’
    • ‘Look for dried ancho chilies in Latino markets.’
    • ‘For example, a poblano can also be called pasilla, unless it is dried; then it is sometimes an ancho, adding to the chaos.’
    • ‘The flavor of the turkey is not the point; the ancho chilies are.’
    • ‘The sauce is simply ancho chillies, beef stock, venison/duck trimmings and prickly pears cooked together then blended, strained and reduced.’
    • ‘To that end, the typical box of Vosges truffles mixes exotic flavors from all over the globe, including Japanese wasabi, Italian taleggio cheese, and Mexican ancho chili.’
    • ‘Each is desperate to entice you with luscious tomatilla salsa and freshly harvested prickly pears and aching to discuss whether your chilli preference is for ancho or chipotle.’
    • ‘My favorites: the cauliflower gratin, the cornbread-chorizo dressing, and the spiced-up ancho chile pumpkin pie.’
    • ‘Harris's recipe for Chile-Rubbed Ribs calls for an ancho chili and lemon pepper seasoning on baby back pork.’
    • ‘I was supposed to de-stem and tear up 1.5 ounces each of mulato, ancho and pasillo chilies.’
    • ‘A waitress brought over a bowl of popcorn flavored with ancho chile and orange.’

Origin

From Mexican Spanish (chile) ancho, ‘wide (chilli)’.

Pronunciation

ancho

/ˈantʃəʊ/