MexiChef Ancho Paste- any opinions?
While browsing MexGrocer I came across this Ancho chile pepper paste (there is also Pasilla as well as others):
It seems like a pretty neat convenience product, primarily for when I don't have the time or energy to reconstitute my own (and do all of that cleaning...)- add some meat, along with this paste, spices, maybe some beer, to the crockpot and let 'er rip. I'm sure I'll come up with other ideas, but, could there be any other downside aside from price? Does anybody have any experience with it, or better ways to use it?
Thanks for the heads up! I haven't used this product before, but I'll keep my eyes open for it now. Looks like something intended for restaurant use - enchilada sauce or mole?
Normally I'd go with dried chiles for convenience and obvious cost savings. Guajillo chiles never seem to puree completely for me so this would be my first test case. Since chile de arbol and chipotle are quite spicy, the concentrated paste might be a reasonable buy. Wow, Mexgrocer charges a fortune for some other well known products (that are quite plentiful here at 1/2 to 1/3 the price).
Previous post mentioning Mexichef: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/345181
Check the Mexichef site for ingredients and 'recipes':
Let us know if you take the plunge!
Thanks for that Chowhound link, lots of useful info there. As usual Eat Nopal hit it out of the park, and I feel a bit better about the paste, as well as some of the mole concentrates (I will be wary of the bitterness of the Guajillo, though).
I haven't done mail order in a long while because I have pretty easy access to what I need, but for some reason my locals have stopped carrying Bufalo Chipotle. MexGrocer was pretty cheap on that one (although one does have to figure in shipping), so I think I'll use them for supplementing my inventory. Of course, once you're paying for shipping you might as well place a larger order to make things more cost effective- so that's why I'm looking at other items.
I'll probably order the paste some time and I'll make sure to post back if I do.