To cook authentic Mexican recipes, we do need some specialty ingredients.
We tried to avoid specialty ingredients in the book as much as possible, as there are limited Mexican supplies in Australia. However to make an authentic Colorado Mole, dried Ancho Chillies and Guajillo Chillies are needed.
We have some fantastic affiliates that have stocked up on the Mexican essentials needed for the book. We highly recommend that you have a look at what Grandma’s Pantry and Vanilla & Co have to offer.
You will find fresh jalapeños in the chilli section at major supermarkets and green grocers. All the fresh jalapeños in the book can be substituted with pickled jalapeños as well.
Chipotle Chilli Powder
Typically you won’t find chipotle chilli powder at the supermarket (unless they have a specialty spice section), you can however substitute with smoked paprika + a pinch of cayenne which are found at the supermarket. You will find chipotle chilli powder at specialty delicatessens, Mexican Grocers, Grandma’s Pantry and Vanilla & Co.
Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
Chipotles in Adobo Sauce are spicy and add a lovely smoky flavour to Mexican dishes. You can easily control the heat level of a dish by altering the amount used. You can purchase this in the mexican section of some Woolworths, international food section of some larger IGA’s, specialty delicatessens, Mexican Grocers, Grandma’s Pantry and Vanilla & Co.
If you can get Tamarind Paste from your Asian supermarket or from the supermarket that is the preference. However Tamarind Puree is also acceptable – which is widely available in most supermarkets or Grandma’s Pantry Online.
Chipotle Chillies (whole Morita)
You can source these specialty chillies from your local Mexican retailer, or through one of our awesome affiliates (soon! they are getting stock) Grandmas Pantry or Vanilla&Co.
Did you know that Vanilla & Co now stock Vanilla & Chillies? You can now combine the postage on your next Vanilla Bean order and get some of the harder to get Mexican Imports. Enjoy $6 flat rate shipping within Australia and free shipping for orders over $60.