Now at The Local Grocer we are featuring dried ancho and pasilla peppers. Its easier than you think to use dried chile peppers in meals that you already make. You can seperate the seeds and the peppers themselves. The seeds can be ground and used separately. I usually use my coffee grinder or if you have one, a morter and pestle also works well to create this dry rub.
With the rest of the pepper, remove the stem and cover with boiling water in a bowl for 20-30 minutes. Pull the peppers out of the water and place in a food processor with a little water. This pepper paste can be used on meat or tofu and used in recipes like meatloaf.