About the Ancho Chili
The Ancho chili is both very well known and widely used across the different regions of Mexico. It is only mildly spicy but adds a wealth of ripe fruit flavors and smoky sensations when used. Ancho chilies are wrinkly, but should also appear plump and have a dark red and slightly bendable skin. The Ancho chili is the dried version of the ubiquitous Poblano chili, which is native to the state of Puebla.
The dried Ancho chili is, in other words, a ripe version of the Poblano chili, which are fresh green chilies that are harvested before ripening.