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Chile de Arbol [Moved from Home Cooking Board]

MMRuth May 21, 2007 03:46 AM

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

  1. beetlebug May 21, 2007 04:31 AM

    Penzeys carries chile de arbol.

    1. DanaB May 21, 2007 06:44 AM

      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:

      http://www.mexgrocer.com/9660.html

      2 Replies
      1. re: DanaB
        MMRuth May 21, 2007 06:46 AM

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

        1. re: MMRuth
          rworange May 21, 2007 07:53 AM

          They are the same according to Cook's Thesaurus
          http://www.foodsubs.com/Chiledry.html...

          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. Eat_Nopal May 21, 2007 08:06 AM

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

        1. roxhills May 21, 2007 07:02 PM

          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.

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