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Pomegranate Ancho Glaze

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Of all the chiles this wonderful world offers us culinary enthusiast my love my beloved poblano is at the top of my list.  I love the poblano in any of it’s glorious forms either roasted, filled, in rajas, pickled, charred..etc.  But dry this jewel of a poblano and you get nothing other than pure perfection, Chile Ancho.  Chile ancho is a rich burgundy, mild in flavor chile that when added to any dish offers a warming sensation that is quickly addictive.  Here in South Texas they sell them either by the pound or by the bag, but my friends the bags are HUGE,  I screamed in delight when I ran across them in my local grocery store.  Chuls quickly ran over thinking I had almost slipped only to find her mother hugging a enormous bag of dried ancho chiles.  After regaining my composure I placed my bags (yes, I purchased 5, a girls gotta be prepared ) carefully in my cart, finished my grocery shopping all while imagining my future meals of ancho delight filled goodness.       

Quick tip- you can keep your chiles in the freezer, until ready to use

 With Labor Day approaching what else would be better than a dark ruby red glaze or sauce, call it as you like, with my slices of brisket.  Ancho chiles simmered in pomegranate juice until reconstituted, then whizzed in the food processor with roasted garlic and onion.  Heat until reduced and enjoy, clearly another sure sign of the melding of two wonderful places, the Texas brisket and Mexican chile ancho.  Enjoy! May you have a wonderful Labor Day!!  Enjoy your family, friends and great meals.  Love Sweet Life.      


Pomegranate Ancho Glaze      

by Sweet Life    

by Vianney Rodriguez    

2 dried ancho chiles      

8 oz pomegranate juice      

2 cloves garlic unpeeled      

1 onion halved      



1 serrano (if desired)    

In a small sauce pan heat juice and ancho chiles on medium heat until chiles reconstituted about 5-10 minutes.    

Remove chiles and remove stem and seeds.    

Place onion, garlic, onion, and serrano (if using) on a sheet pan and broil until charred, watch carefully so you do not burn garlic and serrano.    

Place chiles, juice, onion, serrano and garlic  in a food processor and process until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to desired taste.    

Return to sauce pan and heat on medium heat until mixture is reduced and begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.     



Shout out to Ryan from POM wonderful for sending my a great gift of POMjuice, when he emailed me I most politely agreed, warning him the juice might end up slathered on brisket.  He quickly answered that’s great, I’m born and raised in El Paso, Texas… awesome!  

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Love this recipe, why not try Guava-Tequila Glaze 

(oh and lastly all pictures and words are mine, yes mine, don’t be sleazy and steal work..it’s copyrighted, yup all mine…love ya! Sweet Life) 




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36 Responses to Pomegranate Ancho Glaze

  1. [...] Pomegranate Ancho Glaze [...]

  2. This looks delicious! I bet that glaze would be amazing over almost any kind of meat.

  3. I absolutely love this glaze…Wonderful :)

  4. I will have to try this with London Broil or something similar since I have some ancho chiles in the pantry!

  5. I’m with you–poblanos are king for flavor! The glaze sounds incredible! I love the idea of the sweet, tart and smokey flavors together!

  6. I have anchos, I know where to find real POM juice (finally)…consider this made. It looks superb

  7. What a gorgeous glaze! I’m imagining a sweet, spicy, and smoky flavor that would go well over everything from steak to chicken.

  8. Oh Yum! That just loves divine!

  9. Hello my friend, it’s been much too long and I’ve missed you! This recipe looks great! I love the POM products and what better way to utilize them!

  10. I LOVE the POM product and anything with pomegranate molasses is always licked clean by me. Ancho chillis as also one of my favorite… how could this go wrong – especially with YOUR gorgeous photos. They really are scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. This is a recipe, Miss Sweetlife, that I will absolutely be making.

  11. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled the next time I’m a the grocery store, your glaze looks and sounds delicious. I bet it livens up a brisket nicely :)

  12. What a simple and wonderful glaze. This is great for my ladies party this Friday.

  13. Yum! This looks amazing. Perfect with anthing grilled for a great fall meal.

  14. I’ve never heard of the poblano before… I think I’m missing out :(

  15. I love visiting your blog, Bonnie. I have a deep fascination for Mexican cuisine and the lack of decent Mexican eateries only propels my curiousity. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. If you released a cookbook I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  16. Wonderful glaze – the combo of ancho chilies and pomegranate sounds fantastic!

  17. Wow, pomegranate glaze! Looks so tasty with the chiles in it…it is sure a great compliment to any piece of meat…yummie!

  18. that looks beautiful. i try to keep dried anchos on hand for tamales and chile colorado sauce but i haven’t tried it out in applications such as this one. it looks tasty!

  19. Oh, you are so amusing ;] I wish that I could have seen you hugging that bag of chili ancho. I’m not one for huge spiciness, so this sounds very appetizing–an addictively warming aroma? What a nice introduction to chilies.

  20. Bonnie…your dish looks lovely. For me personally, if it weren’t for all that ‘poblano’…I would say it was excellent. My tummy, unfortunately can no longer handle dishes with so much heat ;(

    Have a fabulous week and flavourful wishes,

  21. Roasting the garlic must give this glaze a wonderful flavor! Love the looks of both the brisket and the glaze and that top shot is seriously rocking!!

  22. Clearly I have been missing out not having chile ancho. It looks like a fabulous dish.

  23. Oh this just sounds like a dash of heaven. What a treat, I cannot wait to give it a try.

  24. I’m going to have to keep an eye open for these chilies. ;-)


  25. What a wonderful, creative combination of flavors…never would have thought of that myself!

  26. This looks so mouth-watering GOOD! Fabulous photos. Your photography keeps getting better. I like!

    Have a great day my dear blogger friend!


  27. Bonnie! This is such a simple and healthful recipe, and I love the way the sauce looks so rich. I bet this would be great in combination with cashew cream over vegan enchiladas. Yeah!
    Hey, it’s funny you posted this. The other day I was at the store and saw a bag of these too. I knew people made sauces and stuff with them, but I had no idea how to do so too. Now I do! Thanks, Sweet Bonnie. Stella

  28. My husband is going to be indebted to you. While I love chiles, I’m not a meat eater. He is though and this looks like a delicious combination. As always, your photos are fabulous.

  29. This looks delicious!! I’m interested in using various chili peppers for cooking, but I feel I don’t have enough experience of cooking with them and also eating them, so I usually shy away from them. Chili ancho is one of the most interesting looking peppers, and I’d love to try this recipe!

  30. wonderful… what a great addition to grilled and smoked meats, heck.. this would be great on many things

  31. What a photo!! Great way to celebrate Labor Day!

  32. YUM! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pomegranate chili glaze before, will you shoot me a note so we can talk more? :)

    Part of my family grew up in New Mexico, so I’ve been trained on those chilis (the ones from Hatch), but I don’t know the variety, must find out. :)

  33. I never realized that dried anchos were actually poblanos at heart! Cool beans.

    Isn’t POM the best? I love the idea of a smoky sultry pomegranate glaze, which is what this must turn into once you mix POM and anchos. Delicious.

  34. That sounds amazing! I’d love to try that. I can just imagine how rich and fruity it would be.
    *kisses* HH

  35. Only you can make meat look so appealing. Goodness this dish looked spectacular. I’ve ever tried these little jewels, but as a new Texan, I guess I’m going to have to find them. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Wonderful glaze, it look delicious. Great for some grilled chicken breast, right?

    Awesome recipe.

    Have a fabulous weekend : )

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