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Where to buy dried mulato chiles?

IHeartAsparagus Nov 30, 2011 11:03 AM

I am making mole (bayless's recipe) and picked the dried ancho and pasilla when I was in Texas, but am now back in the Boston area and still need the dried mulato. Does anyone know where I could find these, or am I stuck with ordering online?
thanks for the help!

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    IHeartAsparagus Dec 5, 2011 06:40 AM

    I ended up getting them at Christina's. I went to Mayfair but they didn't have them (given the Fiesta Mart in Texas didn't stock them either, I had a feeling I'd have to go to a specialty spot here). They didn't have them out on the floor at Christina's but I just asked; they keep them downstairs. Mulatos have an earthier and stronger flavor than ancho, so using them as the primary chile in mole makes sense. Someone at Formaggio told me they are spicier than ancho but I'm not sure that's true (I know, I should just do a taste test now that I have them).

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    1. re: IHeartAsparagus
      StriperGuy Dec 5, 2011 07:22 AM

      Gosh, sorry, I got them at Mayfair like 6 months ago...

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      bear Dec 4, 2011 02:21 PM

      I've gotten mulato chiles at La Chapincita on Moody in Waltham, but that was probably four or five years ago. It was to make that Bayless Mole Rojo. (It's really delicious.)

      Anyway, the chile prices at La Chapincita are really reasonable. If that's convenient for you to get to, you should give them a call.

      1. steinpilz Dec 4, 2011 04:19 AM

        Harvest Co-op at Central Square has dried chiles, not sure if they're mulato's specifrically.

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          StriperGuy Dec 4, 2011 06:38 AM

          Great selection of reasonable priced bulk spices at Harvest.

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            emannths Dec 4, 2011 07:50 AM

            I don't think the have whole chiles in the bulk section. They do have bags of prepackaged chiles, Goya brand I think.

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              StriperGuy Dec 4, 2011 01:36 PM

              That rings true. Spice, but not chiles in the bulk jars. They do have some small red ones, but not the great Mex stuff.

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                steinpilz Dec 7, 2011 05:39 PM

                Was at Harvest tonight, saw a bag of Goya dried mulato chiles ~$3.

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                  StriperGuy Dec 8, 2011 06:35 AM


          2. paulj Nov 30, 2011 11:19 AM

            According to Roberto Santibanes (Truly Mexican)
            'mulatos are made from a variety [of poblano] that ripens purple instead of red. You may substitute anchos for mulatos,.......'

            Is this the recipe

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              IHeartAsparagus Nov 30, 2011 11:25 AM

              Yep, that's the recipe! I hate to sub anchos because anchos are already called for in his recipe, so I assume he sees enough difference between mulato and ancho to call for both.

              1. re: IHeartAsparagus
                paulj Dec 3, 2011 10:52 PM

                Once you get those mulatos, you'll have to report back. In particular, in what ways are they different from anchos?

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                  Panini Guy Dec 7, 2011 05:47 PM

                  Can't help you finding them (unless you want to come down to Bridgeport) but I've that mole and a couple of chili recipes using mulatos. They bring a musty-ish flavor somewhere in the prune/tamarind neighborhood to the party. It's a definite must.

                  Btw, I'll suggest making a double or triple batch. It's a ton of work putting that mole together, but you can divvy it up and freeze the extra batches for a few months.

              2. StriperGuy Nov 30, 2011 11:18 AM

                Mayflower in Allston, or any of the places in Eastie, or Lynn.

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                  IHeartAsparagus Nov 30, 2011 11:28 AM

                  Where is Mayflower exactly? Allston is easy enough for me to get to, but I'm searching for Mayflower online and not coming up with anything.

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                    Allstonian Nov 30, 2011 11:47 AM

                    It's Mayfair, not Mayflower. 506 Cambridge Street, just past the Jackson-Mann School.

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