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Where to find REAL pasilla chiles in YYC?

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johnjohnson78 Dec 27, 2011 11:50 PM

I've noticed at most of the latin or Mexican grocery stores that they sell 'pasilla chiles' that are in fact mislabelled ancho chiles, which are actually dried poblanos. I've read that this is fairly common in North America for some reason. It's my understanding that pasilla chiles (or dried chilacas) are still quite dark but fairly long and skinny, unlike the short/thick/wrinkly/dark ancho chiles that are commonly available and mislabelled as pasillas.

At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I'm not really looking for a list of latin markets in town that might have them (I'm familiar with most of these businesses). I would appreciate it however, if anyone has seen real dried pasillas in the flesh somewhere so I don't have to drive all over town!

Happy holidays folks!

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    cancowboy RE: johnjohnson78 Dec 28, 2011 07:33 AM

    At the risk of making you ungrateful ....
    Have you tried Silk Road?
    http://www.silkroadspices.ca/products...
    From the description they seem to understand the difference.
    I have not personally seen pasilla chiles there but Silk Road is my go-to place and I have yet to be disappointed.

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      cellophane_star RE: cancowboy Jan 1, 2012 02:16 PM

      I have dried pasilla chilis from Silk Road in my cupboard. They are long and dark, almost purple-black. They are wrinkly too but not skinny (about 3/4 of an inch across). I'm not a chili expert so I don't know if they're fake anchos. Just wanted to chime in an confirm that Silk Road sells pasillas!

    2. itmybegood RE: johnjohnson78 Dec 28, 2011 05:32 PM

      I saw them today with my own eyes at Uimarket at 50th ave S.E. they have pasilla the real dry chilaca , also pasilla-ancho, chile moreno and guajillos.

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        johnjohnson78 RE: itmybegood Jan 8, 2012 11:13 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions folks. I was just at Silk Road last week to get fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and I didn't even ask about the passillas! D'oh

        That's great news about Unimarket. I was there two weeks ago and they were unfortunately out of stock.

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          itmybegood RE: johnjohnson78 Jan 9, 2012 08:33 AM

          I work a cross the street if i see them I will let you know.

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        whythreecats RE: johnjohnson78 Jan 9, 2012 12:43 PM

        most grocery stores carry "chile ancho" as well as "chile Negro" which may be what you are looking for? the negro is a darker longer chile.
        I often purchase fresh pasilla peppers at the Sobeys in Mckenzietowne.

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