Ancho mulato peppers––or mulato peppers, for short––have mild to medium heat with a touch of smoke. They are one of the main ingredients in a Mexican mole (mo-lay) sauce.
Did you know: Ancho mulato and ancho peppers are both the dried form of poblano peppers? The difference is in the time they were picked. Ancho mulato peppers are allowed to ripen longer until dark brown while ancho peppers were picked when they are still red.
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Place peppers in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit in hot water up to 1 hour to rehydrate. Drain, then remove stems and seeds, and place chiles in food processor with a small amount of water until they become a smooth paste. Use this chile paste as the base for a variety of sauces.
Always handle chiles with caution—never touch your eyes, nose, or mouth directly after handling chiles.