Ancho Chiles are grown in Mexico and
are either sun dried or force dried. A type of Ancho Chile is grown in
California and you will find it sold under the name "pasillas".
If you hold a dried ancho chili up to the light, you should see a beautiful
When rehydrating chilies there should be enough hot water for them to float
freely. Stir them now and again and soak no longer than 1/2 hour or you will
begin to lose the flavor. You can either add the water to the dish or throw it
out. If you decide to use taste a little first and check to see if it is bitter.
Chili Bread Bowl
1 T. sugar
1 C. warm water (110 degrees)
1 envelope yeast
2 1/4 C. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1 t. salt
1/4 C. olive oil
Add yeast, sugar and 1/4 C. of the water to a small bowl and let set 5 minutes.
Yeast should start to bubble.
Add flour, cornmeal, salt, oil and the rest of water along with yeast mixture
and mix well. Turn out onto a floured board and knead dough until smooth and
satiny. (about 10 minutes) Let rise until doubled.
Divide into 4 pieces. Shape into rounds and place on greased cookie sheet
sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise until doubled.
Bake at 400°F. about 20 minutes until golden brown and when you tap on them they
sound hollow inside. These rolls should be baked the day you intend to use them.
1 1/2 lb. ground chuck
1 C. onion diced
1/2 C. celery diced
1/2 C. green pepper diced
2 dried ancho peppers soaked in hot water.
2 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 C. water
2 C. tomato juice
4 t. chili powder
1 t. cumin
1 T. sugar
salt and pepper
1 14.5 oz can of hot or mild chili beans
Brown ground chuck, add onions, celery and green pepper. Cook another 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes, juice, water, chili powder and cumin. In food processor process
ancho peppers with a little of the water you soaked them in until it is a paste.
Add to the chili. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2 hours. Add beans last
1/2 hour of cooking.
Serves 6 to 8.
Hollow out bread to 1/2 inch from the side after cutting off the tops. Reserve
for dipping in the chili. Top chili with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green
If you don't have the time to make the bread bowls, you can buy round Kaiser
rolls from your bakery and use them instead.