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Feb 24, 2008 07:05 AM

Where so I buy serrano chilis?

Where in the grocery store do I find these? I was food shopping this morning, and when I asked at customer service, they clearly had no clue. I need them for a recipe I am making. Thanks sooo much!! (I live in NJ so I food shop at Wegman's and Shoprite....if that helps..)

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  1. In our market, the serranos are right with all the other peppers -- poblanos, jalapenos, etc. etc. But I'm not in New Jersey. You might be better off posting on your home board to see if local 'hounds in your area could offer advice as to which grocery store(s) would carry them.

    1. I also shop at the Shoprite and the other poster is right. They are with the rest of the peppers in the produce section---if they have them. I'm not sure about your Shoprite, but mine is not consistent in carrying certain items. Try asking the produce manager/workers. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

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      1. re: diablo

        Thank you both. I was in Wegmans today and I looked by the peppers, but maybe I just missed them. oh well..I will try again!

        1. re: Angelina

          Do you know what to look for? Serranos are almost the same green as jalapenos, but smaller and thinner. I know that in our stores, the smaller peppers are often pushed together and mislabeled,

          1. re: mojoeater

            thanks mojoeater...I know what you they have the same taste as jalapenos? I have plenty of them.

            1. re: Angelina

              Serranos are hotter than jalepenos, but if you already have plenty of jalepenos, I can't see the harm in subbing them for the serranos. The only thing you would be losing is some of the heat.

              1. re: Angelina

                If your recipe had called for you to remove the ribs and seeds of the serranos, I might consider leaving in some ribs and seeds of the jalapeños. I'd cut and taste a jalapeño first to decide. Jalapeños can be annoyingly mild at times.

                Serranos are, oh, cleaner or brighter or something in taste than jalapeños. But they have a similar grassy sort of flavor. I'm not great with flavor descriptions, but I can distinctly taste the difference between the two. It would be unlikely to matter for your recipe, though.