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Where can I find canned chipotle chiles in adobo?

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I'm entering a Superbowl chili cookoff at work, and I want to find chipotles in adobo as a secret ingredient (well, I guess it's not so secret now, is it?)

Anyone know where I can find them in or around Boston?

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  1. Pretty much any grocery store - Whole Foods, Star, Market Basket, etc. The brand I see and use often is Empacadora San Marcos. Any other good brands out there?

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    1. re: digga

      That's the brand I use. I have a photo of their Chilpotle sauce online with my Lamb Shanks Braised in Chipotle-Coffee Sauce recipe. That will give you an idea of what you are seeking. I've bought both the sauce and the Chipotlles in Adobo at Whole Foods on River Street.


      1. re: digga

        The La Costena brand in the 7 ounce can is relatively ubiquitous. I would caution the poster to use them sparingly. A little 7 ounce can could put your entire office staff in the ER, or at a minimum cause the smoke detectors to actuate by mid-afternoon :)

        1. re: Veggo

          i agree. when i make a pot of chili i'll use about 3 chilis sliced up and about another tablespoon of the adobo sauce. this is in addition to oregano, cumin, and chili powder.

      2. star in porter square has it in their attempt at an "ethnic aisle"

        1. Hannafords in Quincy carries them.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            DeMoula's/ Market Basket carries them.

            1. re: tweetie

              I used to always find them at the Somerville Market Basket, but for the past year or so it's been way more miss than hit.

              1. re: tweetie

                The Middleton MB does not have chipotles in adobo.

            2. To add to the hitlist, the whole foods on cambridge st in boston has them.

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              1. re: jgg13

                Throw in a nice dark stout as well, my secret ingredient.

                1. re: phatchris

                  ahh, i prefer a nice brown ale. but i agree, beer gives such a deeper depth of flavor.

                  1. re: cambridgeMike

                    a cup of very strong coffee works even better than beer imho

              2. Last night I picked up a can at Shaws in the Back Bay.

                1. Most area Shaws and Stop & Shops that I've been in have them in the ethnic aisles near the taco kits and salsa.

                  1. Capone Foods, Somerville

                    1. Market Basket carries them.

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                      1. re: treb

                        MB in Burlington has them all the time. Maybe a request to the managers of the other locations will get them on the shelves regularly. They are stocked with the refried beans and taco fixings.

                      2. I was making tortilla soup and had this same problem. I lived in Jamaica Plain at the time and was shocked I couldn't find it very easily. Now I live in Roslindale, and the Village Market in the square had just started carrying it. I love the stuff.

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                        1. BTW, I wouldn't make a specific trip there (its not a huge $$ difference), but Building19 is currently carrying the San Marcos cans for $0.41. They actually carry some interesting latino, Chinese, and even British products from time to time depending on what they closeout, including products not normally sold in this area (herdez ranchera, salsa casera/cruda). Usually the stuff is close to its sell-by date, but some of the finds can be fun.

                          The San Marcos is a bit more tomato-heavy than La Costena, but I perfer Herdez overall and I think La Internacional sometimes, but not always has that. I have struck out a few times at the Somerville MB (which has to dedicate more shelf space to Portuguese and Brazilian groceries than others mentioned), but I thought I saw chipotles there recently). Somerville MB is carrying the Herderz Chipotle marinade again which is good for other things. Ages ago I thought Hi-Lo also had the Herdez chipotle (Cardullo's carries some herdez stuff, wayyy marked up), but the Herdez chipotle is a lot harder to get.

                          1. heWho - you wouldn't have happened to see this chili recipe in the food section of today's Worcester Telegram, would you? I'll keep your secret......