Hot, Hot, Hot: 5 Essential Spices for Mexican Cooking

Hot, Hot, Hot: 5 Essential Spices for Mexican Cooking
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Sold in cellophane bags fit to burst with fiery red peppers, the large selection of dried chiles available at markets catering to Mexican and Central American cooks can be daunting. When taking on a new mole recipe with a long list of ingredients, it’s hard to know which ones to use — though they’ll keep for several months sealed in airtight containers and stored in a cool dry place while you figure it out.

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