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Dec 27, 2011 11:50 PM

Where to find REAL pasilla chiles in YYC?

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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  1. At the risk of making you ungrateful ....
    Have you tried Silk Road?
    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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    1. re: cancowboy

      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. 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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      1. re: itmybegood

        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.

        1. re: johnjohnson78

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

      2. 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.