One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dried poblano chilli pepper, dark brown in colour, used especially in Mexican cookery.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Mexican Herald. From Mexican Spanish chile mulato (although this is apparently first attested later: 1926 or earlier), lit. ‘dark chilli’ from chile + mulato.
chile mulato/ˌtʃɪli mʊˈlatəʊ//ˌtʃɪli muːˈlatəʊ/
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