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Dec 26, 2009 12:33 PM

Where do I buy chilhualces chiles?

I'm attempting to make Rick Bayless' mole and can't find chilhualces chiles. Has anyone found them? Is there a replacement chile I can use? I'd go to other burroughs... Thanks for the help!

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  1. Normally, I wouldn't post to say "forget it" but in this case, it would take a not-so-minor miracle to find them locally. They're hard to find nationally, and and for that matter, apparently fairly rare even in Mexico. Expect them to be a lot more expensive than the common varieties, but this place has them listed: . Fwiw, I did place a large order with them once including chilhuacles negros and was pleased with it, but it was more than 10 years ago.

    As for substitutions, I think well-roasted guajillos are the most commonly offered suggestion, but I don't know how it works out. Given chilhuacles' rarity, I'm surprised Bayless doesn't offer a sub himself?

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    1. re: MikeG

      possibly Las Palomas, 219 W. 100 St, NYC 212-279-3469
      It's a small store stocked with all kinds of foods from Mexico. I haven't been there, just read about it in Edible Manhattan.