Definition of ancho in English:


(also ancho chili)


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

    • ‘Soak the ancho chili in warm water for 20 minutes and drain.’
    • ‘Ladle some sauce over the shank and drizzle some ancho chili honey on top.’
    • ‘Harris's recipe for Chile-Rubbed Ribs calls for an ancho chili and lemon pepper seasoning on baby back pork.’
    • ‘Discard the ancho chili and season with the lime juice and salt.’
    • ‘My favorites: the cauliflower gratin, the cornbread-chorizo dressing, and the spiced-up ancho chile pumpkin pie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was supposed to de-stem and tear up 1.5 ounces each of mulato, ancho and pasillo chilies.’
    • ‘The flavor of the turkey is not the point; the ancho chilies are.’
    • ‘Look for dried ancho chilies in Latino markets.’
    • ‘If you can't find them, substitute dried ancho chiles.’
    • ‘Other options on the menu include the tortilla soup, a large bowl of tasty broth, made with ancho and guajillo chillies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sauce is simply ancho chillies, beef stock, venison/duck trimmings and prickly pears cooked together then blended, strained and reduced.’
    • ‘For example, a poblano can also be called pasilla, unless it is dried; then it is sometimes an ancho, adding to the chaos.’
    • ‘A waitress brought over a bowl of popcorn flavored with ancho chile and orange.’
    • ‘I love a side dish of anchos sauteed in butter and olive oil, more butter and olive oil than they need.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it's done, I'll fry a potato with some ancho chili in the same oil (I wish I could find the salt).’
    • ‘They come to dine on the popular eatery's cinnamon rolls, the roasted ancho chile rellenos, the strong coffee.’


From Mexican Spanish (chile) ancho wide (chili).