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Where can I find Ancho Chile Powder?

Sugar Jones Apr 21, 2007 11:03 AM

I need a larger quantity, maybe a couple of pounds. Any ideas?

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    ickster Apr 23, 2007 11:57 AM

    There is a spice store around Olympic and Alameda (on the south side of Olympic), just east of downtown. They have huge bins of Mexican spices, including dried and powdered chile. This is an area where you will see pinatas, candy and various fruits outside being sold. This one store is in the middle of the block and specializes in spices, condiments and cooking utensils (such as the pots to make carnitas, the instrument to froth hot chocolate, the lime squuezer and the tortilla press).

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      Norm Man Apr 22, 2007 06:02 PM

      Penzeys would be my first choice. Another option that may be closer to you would be Smaet & Final.

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      1. re: Norm Man
        GrindzHound Apr 22, 2007 07:10 PM

        Sugar Jones, I'm pretty sure that Smart & Final carries ancho chili powder. New Mexico Chili powder also is very good.

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        1_healthnut Apr 21, 2007 10:12 PM

        surfas on washington blvd. in culver city. i definitely saw it when i was shopping there last week...i think they even have 1-lb. containers if you need a large quantity.

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          glutton Apr 23, 2007 08:54 AM

          I bought the one-pound container a few months ago and found it to be perfect.

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          Vegasbuff Apr 21, 2007 08:58 PM

          Another option would be to go a hispanic grocery store. Probably a lot more turnover than American stores and cheaper too.

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            Sugar Jones Apr 22, 2007 07:06 AM

            I go to Vallarta market nearly every day and have never seen it there. They have a big selection, just not ancho for some reason. Maybe you could suggest another hispanic grocery to try.

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              Vegasbuff Apr 22, 2007 09:22 PM

              I have bought it at Cardena's before. I'm pretty sure that Superior Warehouse would also have it.

          2. lvgoodfood Apr 21, 2007 08:40 PM

            Whole foods has packets of Ancho Chile Powder, I just saw it today. It looks freshly ground.

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              chez cherie Apr 21, 2007 11:11 AM

              penzeys in torrance
              surfas in culver city

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                Bon Vivant Apr 21, 2007 11:23 AM

                I second Penzey's - it's high quality and fairly inexpensive. Plus you can buy different sizes.


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