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Ancho Chile and Chile de Arbol Powder

Could anyone tell me where I might find these chile powders in the Needham, Newton, Wellesley areas? Whole Foods, Sudbury Farms, Trader Joes?

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  1. Not in those towns, but in Arlington and via mail order -- Penzey's Spices definitely has the Ancho chile powder. Don't know about the other.

    1. As the other poster said, Penzey's should have both at either the retail store in Arlington or via mail order.


      I have also purchased both of these at Christina's Spice in Cambridge. I realize these are both a little out of your range.

      Christina's Spice & Spec Foods
      1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: TomH

        And if one is going the mail order route, I often prefer thespicehouse.com to penzeys (they're the same family so a lot of things are nearly, if not completely identical - but its worth poking at both).

        I'm sure that Christina's would have it.

      2. Whole Foods should have both - they do in Woburn.

        1. Many Latin markets (and Super 88) should carry the whole peppers. I like to buy it that way and use a spice grinder to make the powder.

          Not really familiar with the areas you mention and can't offer specifics.

          1. If you're willing to travel to JP, the Stop & Shop on Centre St has them.

            1. I just bought some this past weekend at Christina's spice shop in Cambridge. It's next to the east Coast Grille. I usually go to ESG for brunch and afterwards to Christina's. It's the best spice shop and they carry the most interesting stuff. There is a display in front of the cash register that has all of the chilies. Check out all of the cool salts and the confectionary ingredients like mandarin orange sugar.

              1. I have bought both whole ancho chiles and ancho chile powder (McCormicks) at my local Shaws market. The ancho chile powder was dissapointing - lacked the deep, rich smokiness of the whole chiles. Although they are not very spicy, ancho chiles have a really great depth of flavor that makes them perfect ingredients for chilis, stews, braised meats, etc.

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                1. re: tdaaa

                  Well, McCormick's. How many years you reckon that bottle of ancho chile powder has been sitting on the shelf? Of course it'll taste pallid.

                  1. re: tdaaa

                    based on the replies, perhaps I should just buy the whole chiles and grind them up...Whole Foods probably should carry the whole chiles, no?

                  2. I'd recommend Da Gift Basket if you want to go mail order (http://www.dagiftbasket.com
                    )They have great product, and ship quickly. I get chipotle powder there. You'll definitely get better quality doing it yourself though. Toss em in a food dehydrator for a day, and then use a coffee grinder to powder them.