Where to buy Mexican Ingredients Online
After visiting Mexico and the US I craved the delicious food we had been eating on our holiday. I wanted to recreate the dishes we loved in my own kitchen. When we arrived home the first thing I did was to source the ingredients I would need to achieve authentic flavours. So I looked for websites where I could buy Mexican ingredients online and found The Spice Wagon.
Happily, all the ingredients I needed were readily available. I’ve even noticed the large supermarkets have extended their Mexican products to include some products I had been buying online such as the Chipotle in Adobo Sauce.
Whenever we travel I like to attend cooking classes and collect recipes. This is how I have come to publish my book Tex-Mex Fiesta. Of course, first I had to eat my body weight in BBQ meats, tortilla and salsa, (to make sure I had the flavours correct). Don’t worry, it was a sacrifice I was happy to make. Then I converted my recipes for the Thermomix to produce a Thermomix cookbook full of Mexican and Texan BBQ recipes.
Now that my book is being released I wanted to make sure it was easy for everyone to locate the ingredients to create their own fiesta. Most recipes in the book include normal, everyday ingredients that you can find in the supermarket. As I was developing the recipes I was careful to only use unusual ingredients when the dish depended on a particular authentic flavour.
This kept the list of speciality Mexican Ingredients to a minimum. Some of the authentic Mexican dishes in my book do have a few speciality ingredients so I wanted to give you an ingredient list and some links to the suppliers.
Dried Ancho Chilli
These are a dark, sweet, fruity flavoured chilli which I’ve used in most recipes in the book. The heat rating is only a 4/10 so they add flavour and heat to the dish. You will need this ingredient to get started making the Cowboy Dust which is in most of the recipes. Dried Ancho Chilli
Dried Gaujillon Chilli
Gaujillon Chilli is another common chilli which is used in Mexican cooking. It is a red colour and smaller than the Ancho Chilli. It is also sweet and has a 4/10 heat rating. You will only need this chilli if you make the Chili Con Cerdo Quesadilla. Please make the Quesadilla, they’re one of the best recipes in the book! Dried Gaujillon Chilli
Masa Lista Flour
Masa Lista flour is a naturally gluten free flour used to make corn tortilla. I love making tortilla! They’re so easy to make and taste 100% better than the commercially prepared corn tortilla. When I start running my Mexican workshops I will include these in the program. So stay tuned! Masa Lista flour is only used in tortillas, sometimes it’s available in whole food or bulk food stores.
Coffs Harbour this flour is available locally at Affordable Wholefoods.
This paste is used in a lot on the Yucatan Peninsula and is common in Mayan Mexican cuisine. The paste is made from ground annatto seeds which give the dish a vibrant orange, red colour. The only dish which uses this ingredient in my book is the Pollo Pibli Skewers. Achiote Paste
Mexican Oregano is stronger than Meditteranean oregano. It gives a much more robust flavour to dishes and is less sweet. You can substitute regular oregano but there will be a small flavour loss. Mexican Oregano
I love tomatilla! This green fruit looks like a green tomato and has a fresh, slightly tart flavour. The ingredient is used in Tomatillo Salsa Verde and the Salsa Verde Enchilada. Every meal I ate in Mexico was served with Tomatillo Salsa Verde on the side. This is the taste of Mexico. Tomatillo
Mexican Cooking Equipment
Having a tortilla press makes forming tortilla’s a cinch. The heavy cast iron circles squash the dough into a perfect tortilla every time. Make sure to only buy a cast iron tortilla press.
Coffs Harbour the tortilla press is available locally at Affordable Wholefoods.
Mexican Ingredients Available from Woolworths
There is no reason to order pickled jalapeno’s online. Old El Paso Green Jalapeno is a familiar brand and is all you need. I have used these jalapenos in my Double Stuffed Cheeseburger and my Jalapeno soup. Old El Paso Green Jalapeno
Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
I was so pleased to find La Costena Chipotle in Adobo Sauce at Woolworths. I use this brand in so many of my recipes. If your Woolworths doesn’t stock it speak to the manager as it is a product line they can order. You will need Chipotle in Adobo Sauce in most of my Mexican recipes.
Dried Black Beans
These black beans are so cheap and nutritious! The beans are available at Woolworths for a couple of dollars. I’ve used the beans in the Black Bean Burgers and the Frijoles Refritos.
Franks Hot Sauce
This sauce has a cult following in America. It is literally the only sauce to use on Spicy Buffalo Wings. Luckily for us, it can be found in Woolworths. Take a look at the picture so you will know what it looks like. Franks Hot Sauce
I hope you enjoy my new book A Tex-Mex Fiesta! If you need any more information about Mexican ingredients or products I’ve used in the recipes please feel free to email me or ask in the comments section below.
Don’t forget to take a look at the Mexican Cooking Workshops. I will be organising dates and venues over the next month so make sure you’re subscribed to ThermoKitchen for updates. I will be visiting all the same venues as I did for the Indian cooking classes and hopefully I will be able to add a few extra workshops.
If you have any other Thermomix cooking questions you can also find me on our Facebook Group page.