What is Poblano Pepper?

Capsicum annuum L.

Scoville Scale: (1,000-1,500);  Common Names: ancho, ancho chile, chile ancho

Photo Courtesy of: Stef Yau, Seattle USA

Poblano pepper  is a cultivar of sweet pepper of the species Capsicum annuum. It looks like a small bell pepper that tapers at the apex to a thin point. It’s one of the most popular peppers grown in Mexico, in the in the state of Puebla.

Poblano is a mild chili pepperOnce dried, it is called ancho or ancho chile, from the Mexican Spanish name ancho (“wide”) or chile ancho (“wide chile”).

Dried anchos are flat, wrinkled, and heart shaped, ranging in colour from oxblood to almost black. Anchos are mild to moderately hot and are often soaked and ground for use in cooked sauces.

While poblanos tend to have a mild flavour, occasionally and unpredictably, they can have significant heat. Different peppers from the same plant have been reported to vary substantially in heat intensity.

The ripened red poblano is significantly hotter and more flavourful than the less ripe, green poblano.

Poblanos are usually roasted and peeled before using, either in casseroles, soups, and sauces or stuffed with meat or cheese to make chiles rellenos.

What is the Scoville Scale?

The amount of heat in hot pepper is measured by the Scoville scale, which measures the pungency (spicy heat) of chilli peppers, recorded in Scoville heat units. The units range from 0 (Bell pepper); 100-900 (Paprika, Pimento); 3,500-10,000 (Chipotle, Jalapeño); 30,000-50,000 (Cayenne, Tabasco), 100,000-350,000 (Habanero, Scotch bonnet) to 2,000,200 (Carolina Reaper).

Last Updated: August, 08, 2019

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

10 thoughts

  1. Funny, when I read this I went to my cupboard and sure enough, I still have a bag of ancho chile eppers (dried) from my trip to Mexico. I was in such need to have these….too much watching cooking shows I think, and there is the bag never opened! If you ever need some Liz, just let me know!,, LOL

    1. Ha ha I also have some Jalapeño in a can that I bought some 3?? years ago hoping to make some slow cooker chilli and never got around to using it. I saw it the other day and laughed really hard. If I find a recipe for ancho chile then maybe I shall give you a shout. I’m watching tv and blogging at the same time. Quite tired though since the time moved back and I have to get used to this longer day. Have a good night!!!

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