A question about a recipe: Short Rib Chili

I have a question about the ingredient "dried ancho chiles" on the recipe "Short Rib Chili" from lastnightsdinner.

Is there a substitute dried pepper for this? My local store doesn't have dried ancho. Only fresh poblano. They have other dried peppers though.

  • Posted by: abg5043
  • April 10, 2012
Short Rib Chili
Recipe question for: Short Rib Chili


ChefOno April 11, 2012
Two notes: If you're going to make a substitution, know that an ancho weighs about 1/2 ounce but also yields more pulp than most. And pierino's caution about heat also applies to different batches / bags of the same kind of pepper. You never really know until you taste.
pierino April 10, 2012
Welcome to the wonderful world of dried chiles. To ChefOno's list I would add Cascabels. But be careful with substitutions as the heat level (as measured in Scoville units can vary radically). I would have to agree that poblano or guajillo would be good subs.
ChefOno April 10, 2012
Sometimes you'll see anchos labeled (incorrectly) as pasilla or poblano (they are actually dried poblanos). I think anchos are worth seeking out, they really shouldn't be hard to find. Otherwise, guajillo, mulato, New Mexico, California and Anaheims would be acceptable subs -- different -- but still good.
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