Where to Find Dried Chiles in the Grocery Store (Check These Aisles…)

Looking everywhere in the grocery store for dried chiles? We'll show you which aisles you'll find them in...

Dried chiles on a string against a white wall.

We'll also tell you which stores carry them...

Which Grocery Store Aisle Are Dried Chiles In?

One of the first spots to check is the produce section of the grocery store. Along with dried fruits, dried hot peppers are often stocked near the fresh fruits and vegetables.

The spice aisle is another place to find dried chiles. Since they're often added to sauces, you could also try the condiment aisle.

Check the international aisle next. They could be with Latin, Asian or Indian products, so you may need to do a little searching around.

Some stores even offer dried chiles in the bulk section. But if you've been struggling to find them, our store guide below can point you in the right direction...

What Stores Sell Dried Chiles?

  • Amazon - It's really easy to find all kinds of dried chiles on Amazon. Search for arbol chiles, ancho chiles, szechuan peppers and many other types.
  • Walmart - Walmart tends to keep dried chiles in the condiment aisle around the spices and seasonings. Use the store locator to get product availability information in each store.
  • Whole Foods - Whole Foods tends to have chiles in the produce area or in the spice aisle. 
  • Safeway - If you stop at a Safeway, you can get bulk dried ancho chiles and packaged chiles in the condiment and produce aisles.
  • Target - Near a Target? Look for El Guapo Japones Japanese Chile Pods, Pasillo-Ancho Chili Pods or Arbol Chili Pods in the spice section.  
  • Kroger - Kroger has dried habanero chiles in the produce area and in the spice section of the store.
  • Publix - Look for Badia dried chiles at Publix supermarkets.
  • Ethnic Markets - Latin and Indian markets are good places to check for various types of dried chiles.
  • Asian Markets - Most Asian markets will have some dried chile varieties.

Great Ways to Use Dried Chiles

Make New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

If you're all about the sauces in your vegan enchiladas, tacos and burritos, this is one you're going to want to make. It's delicious as it is, but you can also use it as a base for other spicy sauces and get some good mileage out of it. 

Use Them in Soups and Stews

There are soups and stews from around the world that need dried chiles for a special sort of spice. But really, any soup you're making could use a dried chile or two if you like the kick.

Make Hot Sauce

Hot sauce heads will be pleased to know that it just takes a few ingredients to make an amazing hot sauce. What's especially nice is that you get to select chiles that suit your palate in terms of spice and smokiness. Hot sauce recipes can be as complex or as simple as you like, but the key is to have fun with them.

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