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May 21, 2007 03:46 AM

Chile de Arbol [Moved from Home Cooking Board]

This is really a general question, but have you found "chile de arbol"? I just don't see them in the markets any where.

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  1. Penzeys carries chile de arbol.

    1. In Los Angeles, they sell chiles de arbol in markets that carry Mexican/Latino products. If you can't find them locally, they are available online at places like Mexgrocer and Mexdirect. Here's a link:

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      1. re: DanaB

        How is the chile de arbol different from just a "regular" dried red chile?

        1. re: MMRuth

          They are the same according to Cook's Thesaurus

          Maybe that's why you think you are not seeing them ... in the stores you are shopping they are labeled with the alternate name.

      2. Note... the (I believe misnamed) Japanese or Japones chiles are a very close descendant of Arbol chiles... and make a fine subsitute.

        1. They sell them at Surfas in LA for a dollar or so for a pretty big bag. I bought them there after I bought Sunday Suppers at Lucques and stocked up on some pretty obscure products but I remember seeing them at a local supermarket as well. Surfas does mail order-- check out their website or give them a call.