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Jun 17, 2010 01:36 PM

Where to buy chilis

I need to find a place that has small packages of dried/crushed ancho, pasillo and piquin chili peppers. I tried one of the Vallarta mkts nearby but they didn't have what I'm looking for. I figured if anybody would have it, they would.

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  1. You might check out Jon's Marketplace. I know the one on Sepulveda, in Van Nuys has a nice selection of both fresh and dried. Several of the dried ones are sold in bulk so you can buy as little as you need.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      Great, Bob. Thanks. Is that the one on the corner of Vanowen; used to be a Ralphs?

      1. re: mucho gordo

        No. Vanowen and Sepulveda is a Fresh and Easy. Jon's is farther up the block, at Sherman Way.

        1. re: Bob Brooks

          Got it, Thanks again, Bob. I'll try to hit it this weekend.

    2. Grand Central Market downtown has all kinds available also in bulk if you don't mind driving into town. I found a chili there that was not available at Vallarta.

      Grand Central Market
      317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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      1. re: terim1

        Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I am physically unable to go that far. I need something local with handicapped parking as close to the entrance as possible.

      2. crushed / powdered might be harder to find, usually I just see whole dried or fresh at most mexican markets. If that's important you might try some online spice merchants.

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        1. re: AAQjr

          "crushed / powdered might be harder to find..."

          This is what food processors (and dynamite) were invented for...making little itty bitty pieces out of bigger ones... lol

          1. re: Servorg

            Agreed, but he did specifically ask for...

            1. re: AAQjr

              The CH Dog helps those who help themselves... ;-D>

        2. or the Penzeys stores in Torrance on Hawthorne or Santa Monica on 4th St. They have dried ancho, ground ancho, dried piquin, and assorted other dried chilis and chili powders.

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          1. re: DrSouthBay

            Now, that's what I'm lookin' for. Thanks

          2. I buy my chilis for cheap at Super A Market. There are two locations close to me (Eagle Rock and Highland Park) though I'm not sure where else this old-style supermarket chain can be found. I don't know if they have all those types of chili in the powdered variety, but I'm sure you could call ahead and ask.