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Where to buy assorted Mexican Chili Peppers for Mole Sauce recipe

ms_tasteful Feb 2, 2011 09:42 AM

Can anyone tell me where in Manhattan (below 42 st preferably) I can purchase a wide variety of Mexican chili peppers? I am trying to make mole and am having trouble finding the peppers. Also "Mexican Chocolate"?


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    gutsofsteel Feb 2, 2011 09:54 AM

    Your best bet is in a Mexican neighborhood....116th St. Many Mexican groceries to choose from.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel
      LNG212 Feb 2, 2011 09:58 AM

      Ditto. There's also a good little Mexican grocery called Las Palomas on 100th Street between Amsterdam and Bway. It's tiny but it's jam-packed with stuff.

      Las Palomas
      219 W 100th St, New York, NY 10025

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      small h Feb 2, 2011 09:59 AM

      Essex St. Market has a wide selection of peppers, both fresh and dried. Check Viva and Essex Farm.


      1. JungMann Feb 2, 2011 10:26 AM

        Depending on your recipe, you can probably get the dried peppers at Whole Foods or Manhattan Fruit Exchange at the Chelsea Market. As gutsofsteel mentions, you are certain to find an embarassment of riches if you visit a Mexican neighborhood. Lexington between 100th and 116th has many Mexican markets and bodegas that can supply you with everything from mulato chiles to Mexican chocolate. El Tepeyac Grocery is located right outside the 103rd station if you want to make the trip quick.

        Manhattan Fruit Exchange
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        El Tepeyac
        1621 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

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