Substitute for ancho chili powder

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Substitute for ancho chili powder
Rescue a dinner party by choosing an appropriate ancho chilli pepper substitute. (taco salad image by Jeffrey Zalesny from Fotolia.com)

Authentic Mexican food commonly uses ancho chilli powder for distinctive flavour. A substitute could make or break your dinner. Jean Andrews, deemed The Pepper Lady because of her years of investigation and international expertise on peppers, suggests acceptable substitutes.

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Heat

The ancho chilli is the dried form of the poblano pepper. It falls into the mild to warm heat category ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 Scoville Heat Units. Pure capsaicin, the heat causing chemical in a chilli pepper, measures 16,000 SHU, and a red bell pepper measures zero SHU.

Substitute for ancho chili powder
The poblano is considered quite mild in the world of peppers. (Burn Baby Burn! image by Slapper from Fotolia.com)

Flavour

The poblano pepper and its derivatives taste sweet, like a bell pepper, but with a spicy bite. Originally from Mexico, related varieties of this pepper have been developed in the United States.

Substitute for ancho chili powder
The poblano is sometimes referred to as Mexico´s bell pepper. (red salad pepper image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Substitutes

In her pepper guide, "The Pepper Lady´s Pocket Pepper Primer," Andrews suggests the Anaheim or New Mexico peppers as substitutes to the poblano.

Substitute for ancho chili powder
Anaheim or New Mexico chilli powders serve as substitutes to Ancho. (hot spices in a plate image by Francois du Plessis from Fotolia.com)

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