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Reading PA - Chipolte Peppers in Adobo sauce

egbluesuede Jun 8, 2007 08:11 AM

I like to use this in mexican dishes, but for some reason am having a hard time finding them in Reading, PA. I brought back a bunch from my last trip to Texas, but am down to one can. Anyone in this area have any suggestions?

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    phdfoodie Jun 8, 2007 09:32 AM

    Have you tried the new Giant on State Hill & Van Reed? I think it has the best variety and general quality. There is also a hot-sauce stand at the Fairgrounds farmer's mkt - maybe they would have a jar. If you are desparate, Wegman's in Allentown is pretty much a guarantee.

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    1. re: phdfoodie
      egbluesuede Jun 8, 2007 11:34 AM

      I live about a mile from that Giant, which is where I shop primarily. Unfortunately, they don't carry it, which surprises me. Once they added their Health food aisles, they seem to have cut way back on the "ethnic" items, especially Italian. I've looked at BJs, Redners, and Shur Fine near me and haven't found it. I didn't think this was such a specialty item???

      1. re: egbluesuede
        semmen Jun 8, 2007 12:44 PM

        My Giant (I live in suburban Philly) does carry them but doesn't Reading have any Hispanic markets?

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          phdfoodie Jun 11, 2007 06:01 AM

          Shocking. When I get into these culinary scrapes, I usually just go to all the supermarkets in the area, because there is such a weird and upredictable selection at each, even within the same chain. I would try, in order: Redner's, Weis at Target mall, Giant at 724. The Spanish grocery idea seems good too - isn't there a fairly large market on Lancaster Ave?

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        Greg P. Jun 10, 2007 10:23 AM

        I haven't been there in a couple years, but the IGA on Buttonwood in Reading always seemed to have a good selection of hispanic food selections. Be advised that it's not in the greatest neighborhood.

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          egbluesuede Jun 11, 2007 10:23 AM

          Thanks for the suggestion. I don't think they are there anymore.

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            Greg P. Jul 2, 2007 06:58 AM

            FYI, drove by the other day and the IGA on Buttonwood is still there and still open.

        2. mschow Jun 10, 2007 05:20 PM

          I'm not in Reading, but I was at a Pathmark store today in NJ, and they did Chipolte Peppers in Adobo.(2 brands). Maybe you have a Pathmark near you?

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            Marilyn Jun 10, 2007 05:48 PM

            There should be some Mexican grocery stores in downtown Reading.
            or maybe Buy Rite at the Station outlet at 6th and Spring sts.

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              egbluesuede Jun 11, 2007 07:43 AM

              There are a bunch downtown, but to be honest, I always feel a little "out of my neighborhood" when I drive through there. Plus, it's not really all that convenient. I may have to make a special trip for these peppers, although I never thought they would be hard to find in most chain stores.

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                Marilyn Jun 11, 2007 07:34 PM

                Glad you found them... I know what you mean about the "neighborhood"
                is that store at 9th and Penn ?

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                  egbluesuede Jun 12, 2007 09:37 AM

                  Actually I think it was further north on 9th street, perhaps at Elm and 9th.
                  Now that I've stocked up.....I wonder what it would take to make these myself and freeze them? Perhaps that will be another project when I run out.

            2. re: mschow
              egbluesuede Jun 11, 2007 07:35 AM

              Thanks, but the closest Pathmark is 43 miles away. I'm starting a systematic areawide search now (via phone) and will have to resort to the internet as a last resort.

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              Isabella Jun 11, 2007 06:21 AM

              I am not in your area, but when I want something, I just bring the label to my local grocer (not a chain) and ask him to get it for me. He always complies.

              I think it is a popular enough item that any grocer might carry it if you asked.
              Even the big chains.

              Otherwise, order it online.

              Good Luck!

              1. egbluesuede Jun 11, 2007 10:27 AM

                Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I called every Giant, Redners, and Weis in a 10 mile radius......and none of these chain stores carry it. I ended up driving around downtown on my lunch hour and stopping in a "hole in the wall" Mexican grocery store on 9th street. They had a few different kinds, and were a little amused when I walked in and bought 5 cans of these peppers. Should last me a while at least.

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                  re121258 Jun 11, 2007 11:02 AM

                  I too have been looking for this (in Delaware County) and haven't had any luck. I'm about ready to resort to ordering online.

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                    mschow Jun 11, 2007 11:55 AM

                    If you drive into Chester County, you should have no problem finding this item and other Mexican food items in the West Chester or Chadds Ford area. In fact, there is a great Mexican restaurant on 41 in Avondale (El Sombrero), right off of Route 1. They have a grocery store next door to the restaurant, and I always stop there to pick up some items if I am out that way. They have fresh produce. herbs, cheese, canned goods, etc. They have great chili rellenos, one of my favorites!

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                      hipster Jun 11, 2007 11:56 AM

                      i was recently at dietrichs near kutztown,off of rt. 22. they had jarred chipoltes.

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                  GDSinPA Jun 15, 2007 05:18 PM

                  Superwalmart has them - 5th street highway - just bought some the other day after scouring Giant, Weis, and Redners. As a matter of fact, they have a very good ethnic section.

                  I'm thinking about making my own also.

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                  1. re: GDSinPA
                    egbluesuede Jun 20, 2007 07:27 AM

                    Thanks for finding this. I'll check that out next time I'm in that area. I'd love to know how it works out if you make them too.

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                    kitchenkiki Jun 20, 2007 11:06 AM

                    I can usually find them in the Goya section of the Giant & Redners. Most stores are too lazy too look if you call.

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                      keby Jun 20, 2007 12:50 PM

                      I live in West Chester & the mexican markets all have them. Plus, the Shoprite has them too.

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