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Apr 26, 2011 11:46 AM

Chili Seasoning

I would like to find a variety of dried and smoked chili peppers east of DVP.
Ancho, pasilla, chipotle, serrano, poblano etc. to start.
I know I can get them in Kensington market, but I'm hoping there is a Spanish store in Scarboro or North York, easier to access.

Also, has anyone seen Rene's chili powder for sale. It's not on their website, and I got the last one in a dollar store. There is something remarkably good in that powder!

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  1. You could try Rincón Latino at 1352 Kennedy Road.

    Marketino is in North York, but west of where you want to shop.

    1. Canned chiles, tomatillos, and salsas are now in wide circulation--La Costena , Herdez, and San Marcus being the most common.

      Dried chiles are the problem. They have a shelf life and don't take kindly to interminable storage. Dried out and brittle, they've lost a good part of their flavor even though the "hot" component can survive. Anchos, pasillas and big New Mexico types should be a bit pliable; if they're crisp and crumbly, pass. Dried chipoltes usually aren't worth the trouble if they're totally dessicated; canned will do.

      No clue on Rene's.