Ancho chillis are a large, dried poblano chilli. Dark purple to black in colour and mildly fruity in flavour with subtle coffee notes. Used in many traditional Mexican dishes. Heat level: 4 out of 10.
Prior to discovery by the Spanish when they found the Americas, chillies were unknown to the rest of the world. The warming bite and delicious capsicum taste of chilli has been embraced by nearly every nation on earth, thus we find some form of chilli in nearly every cuisine. Dried chillies have a very different flavour to fresh ones, as upon drying caramelization of the sugars takes place which creates a delicious, robust taste not found in fresh chillies. (LGE PKT)