Citrus and Ancho Chile Ketchup

Ancho (Ahn-cho) Chile (Capsicum Annum) means Wide Chile Pepper. This chile ranges from 3 – 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. An Ancho is the dried form of a Poblano Pepper and often is mislabeled as a Pasilla or Mulato Pepper. Anchos have sweet fruity flavor with hints of cherry, prune, and fig. Anchos, combined with the Pasilla and Guajillo, form the Holy Trinity of chiles used to prepare the traditional mole sauces. Scoville heat units are 1,000 to 3,000.

Suggested Use:
Anchos are great in salsa, soups, enchilada and any sauce needing mild heat and chile flavor. Chopped, pureed or ground, they can be added directly to your recipes.

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1 1/2 quarts ketchup (recommended: Heinz Tomato Ketchup)
3 Tbsp. ancho chile powder
3/4 tsp. finely chopped orange zest
1/2 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Serve as a dipping sauce for wings, fried shrimp, and other fried appetizers. Use as a sandwich spread for burgers, fried chicken, or fish sandwiches. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe by Bobby Flay.