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How to Use It • The ancho can be stuffed with cheese, or toasted and ground into chile powder. You can also blend them into a sauce for enchiladas or meatballs. Lately I like to build on the ancho’s berry qualities and pair it with something sweet—like strawberry preserves or brownies.

Is it Hot? Mild to medium. Sometimes you’ll get a spicy one; it’s always good to taste a wee bit so you know what you’re getting into.