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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Treasure Hunt: Chipotles, Cuitlacoche and More

Over the last few years in Moscow it has been getting easier to get one's hands on once-rare Mexican and Tex-Mex munchies such as corn chips and salsa. Supplies got a boost in 2004 when Solntse Mexico, a local importer and producer of various Mexican staples for restaurants and bars, released a line for the retail market. These locally produced tortillas, tacos, corn chips, salsas and sauces are sold under the Delicados brand and can be found supermarkets around town.

The capital's range of Mexican produce has just been boosted again, with the Mexican Club importers' introduction of the La Costena range of canned preserves. The Internet store offers six varieties of canned goods, including guava paste jelly, nopales cactus leaves strips, several sorts of jalapeno chilies, serrano chilies, and even cuitlacoche or huitlacoche -- the corn smut fungus that has been called the Mexican truffle.

And if you're hunting for the elusive chipotles adobados, or smoky chipotle chilies in an adobo sauce, they can be found in Vkhod-Vykhod's supermarket section.

Solntse Mexico,
7 Izhorskaya Ul., 725-7728,,

Mexican Club,
585-8241, 202-7910,

11 Ul. Ordzhonikidze, Bldg. 1/2, 730-3036,