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Where can I find canned chipotle chiles in adobo?

heWho Jan 28, 2008 04:27 PM

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. digga RE: heWho Jan 28, 2008 04:28 PM

    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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      BostonZest RE: digga Jan 28, 2008 05:03 PM

      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.


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        Veggo RE: digga Jan 29, 2008 04:02 AM

        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 :)

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          cambridgeMike RE: Veggo Jan 29, 2008 04:06 AM

          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.

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        cambridgeMike RE: heWho Jan 28, 2008 05:11 PM

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

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          Pegmeister RE: heWho Jan 29, 2008 03:36 AM

          Hannafords in Quincy carries them.

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            tweetie RE: Pegmeister Jan 29, 2008 03:53 AM

            DeMoula's/ Market Basket carries them.

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              Aromatherapy RE: tweetie Jan 29, 2008 03:58 AM

              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.

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                Gio RE: tweetie Jan 29, 2008 04:04 AM

                The Middleton MB does not have chipotles in adobo.

            2. jgg13 RE: heWho Jan 29, 2008 05:54 AM

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

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                phatchris RE: jgg13 Jan 29, 2008 07:54 AM

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

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                  cambridgeMike RE: phatchris Jan 29, 2008 08:50 AM

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

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                    teezeetoo RE: cambridgeMike Jan 30, 2008 08:40 AM

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

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                jules127 RE: heWho Jan 29, 2008 07:55 AM

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

                1. mangorita RE: heWho Jan 29, 2008 08:31 AM

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

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                    BennyD RE: heWho Jan 29, 2008 10:40 AM

                    Capone Foods, Somerville

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                      treb RE: heWho Jan 29, 2008 02:53 PM

                      Market Basket carries them.

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                        tweetie RE: treb Jan 30, 2008 05:43 AM

                        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.

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                        devilham RE: heWho Jan 30, 2008 09:37 AM

                        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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                          C. Hamster RE: devilham Jan 30, 2008 10:33 AM

                          I'm sure HiLo has them

                        2. itaunas RE: heWho Jan 30, 2008 09:38 AM

                          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.

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                            RandyL RE: heWho Jan 30, 2008 01:31 PM

                            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......

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