Three ancho short rib tacos on flour tortillas, topped with pickled red onion and cilantro.
Erin Kunkel
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Ancho Short Rib Tacos

These ancho short rib tacos sre made with a chile and red wine marinade, tortillas, and all the usual taco fixins.
Four lamb shanks with coffee and ancho chile on a rectangular white plate on a white and grey marble surface.
Josh Weissman
2 of 10

Lamb Shanks with Coffee and Ancho Chile

This lamb shanks with coffee and ancho chile recipe uses smoky coffee and slightly sweet and peppery ancho chiles instead of broth or tomato sauce.
A jar of homemade adobo sauce with a spoon resting inside and garlic cloves and dried chipotles on the side.
Christopher Hirsheimer
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Adobo Sauce

Adobo sauce is best known for being the sweetly earthy sauce that bathes canned chipotle peppers. It’s an authentic and ridiculously versatile Mexican staple that’s easy to DIY. Here’s how to make it at home.
Two wrapped tamales on top of an open corn husk.
Ted Axelrod
4 of 10

Red Chile Pork Tamales

These red chile pork tamales are the real authentic Mexican deal. And they taste as though they were lovingly crafted by the loveliest abuela imaginable, crafted to be slightly spicy with pulled pork. Here’s how to make them at home, step by step.
Three blue bowls filled with ancho chile soup on a wooden table.
Weldon Owen
5 of 10

Ancho Chile Soup

This ancho chile soup recipe is made with a chile-spiked broth, queso fresco, avocado, sour cream, and fried tortilla strips.
A basting brush with chipotle maple barbecue sauce
David Leite
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Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This chipotle maple barbecue sauce is made by slowly simmering crushed tomatoes, maple syrup, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, and dry mustard. It’s perfect on ribs, chicken, and pork.
Four ancho pork and potato tacos topped with cubed pork and potatoes, sliced radish, sour cream, and cilantro.
CB Creatives, Inc.
7 of 10

Ancho Pork and Potato Tacos

These ancho pork and potato tacos are a cheater’s way to have tacos on the table in just 45 minutes by relying on spice-rubbed pork chops and tender potatoes wrapped in corn tortillas.
A white bowl filled with New Mexican red pork chili, garnished with red onion and cilantro.
America’s Test Kitchen
8 of 10

New Mexican Red Pork Chili

This New Mexican red pork chili is made in the slow cooker using cubed pork butt, chili powder, broth, chipotle chiles, coffee, raisins, and cilantro. It’s easy, set-it-and-forget-it comfort food.
A glass dish filled with chipotle mayonnaise with a typed label below.
Chris Middleton
9 of 10

Chipotle Mayonnaise

Chipotle mayonnaise will add a little smoky spice to your favorite everyday condiment. Honestly, you'll be smearing this ultra delicious and smoothly satisfying gorgeousness on everything.
A large silver spoon holding a scoop of homemade chili powder with some spilled on the side.
10 of 10

Homemade Chili Powder

With this homemade chili powder in your pantry, you’ll never need (or want!) the store-bought stuff again.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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