10 Dried Chile Pepper Recipes

Wondering how to use those dried chile peppers languishing in your pantry? Or perhaps you know how but just need a little inspiration? These recipes will have you reaching for them again and again. And if you need a refresher course on the difference among them, check out our cheat sheet of dried chile peppers.

Ancho Short Rib Tacos

This may seem an improbable melding of short ribs and anchos and red wine. Authentic Mexican? Nah. Worth making? Heck yeah.
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Lamb Shanks with Coffee and Ancho Chile

Smoky coffee smooths out the rough edges of sweetly earthy ancho for a flavor that's a little atypical but altogether lovely.
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Adobo Sauce

Perhaps best known as the earthy sauce bathing canned chipotle peppers, this Mexican staple is actually ridiculously versatile. And easy to make at home. Here's how.
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Red Chile Pork Tamales

These red chile pork tamales are the real authentic Mexican deal and taste like they were carefully crafted by the loveliest abuela imaginable. Here's how to make them.
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Ancho Chile Soup

This breathtaking bowl of authentic Mexican-inspired magnificence is simple to make yet complex in taste with incredible depth of flavor and a noticeable but not overwhelming ancho heat.
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Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This indescribably must-have-more-of-this sauce boasts the complex sweetness of maple syrup and the smoky spice of chipotle peppers. Slather it at will.
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Ancho Pork and Potato Tacos

Short on time but long on taco craving? These ancho pork and potato tacos take little fuss and even less time yet make a satisfying solution.
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New Mexican Red Pork Chili

This riff on carne adovada is a lazy cook's dream come true. Red pork chili with layers of flavor? Yes, please. Set-it-and-forget-it comfort food.
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Chipotle Mayonnaise

We dare you to make this chipotle mayo and not find it to be awesome on almost anything. Fish tacos. Burgers. Deviled eggs. Breakfast burritos. And so, so much more.
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Homemade Chili Powder

Store-bought chili powder doesn't touch this homemade rendition made in minutes from just four ingredients.
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