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
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Recipe question for: Short Rib Chili

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ChefOno
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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pierino
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.

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ChefOno
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.

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