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Mulato Chiles

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What is it?

A dried Mexican chile that’s an essential ingredient in classic mole Poblano. It is fairly mild in heat, with slightly anise-y notes, with the flavor of dark fruits like prunes and cooked cranberries, and an earthiness reminiscent of coffee or bitter chocolate.

Don’t have it?

Substitute ancho chiles.

How to choose:

Mulato chiles resemble anchos in appearance (and are often mislabled as anchos). You can tell the difference by tearing a chile in half and holding it up to the light: the ancho is reddish and somewhat translucent, while the mulato is almost opaque black-brown. To be sure you’re getting the right chiles, buy them from a reliable chile specialist.

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