Taste of Tucson: Sonoran Shopping Guide

chiltepin, Mexican oregano and corn masa ingredients

Jackie Alpers’ Taste of Tucson shopping guide. Where to find the ingredients, appliances, cookware, and kitchen tools used in the cookbook.

Small Appliances


Cuisinart Air Fryer/Toaster Oven

KitchenAid Hand Mixer

Cuisinart Immersion Blender

Jura Coffee Maker


Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Braiser

Coleman Cast Iron Skillet 10

T-fal Professional Nonstick 10.5″ Fry Pan

Le Creuset Nonstick Deep Fry Pan

IMUSA Cast Iron Comal 9.5″


Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pans

Nordic Ware Tight Grid Cooking and Cooling Pan Inserts

T-fal Pizza Pan

Silpat Silicone Baking Mats

Le Creuset Stoneware Baking Dishes

Pyrex Glass Bakeware

Mixing Bowls and Measurers

Glass Mixing and Prep Bowls, nesting

Vollrath Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

IKEA Stainless Steel Prep Bowls

AccuWeight Kitchen Scale

ThermoPro Digital Thermometer

Candy Thermometer With Clip

OXO Angled Measuring Cups

Pryex Glass Measuring Cups


Lamson Bird Beak Paring Knife (This is my favorite small knife) Mine has a wood handle. 

Lamson Chinese Santoku Cleaver

The Original Ginsu TV Knife

Forschner Victorinox: Red Chef Knife, Paring Knife, Forked Tip Tomato Knife and Serrated Bread Knife

Other Kitchen Utensils

OXO Can Opener


OXO Wooden Citrus Reamer

Metal Skewers

Popsicle Sticks

Squeeze Bottles

Julienne Vegetable Peeler

Vegetable Chopper

Rubbermaid Produce Keeper

Mortar and pestle: Le Creuset | Pig | Not a Pig

Tortilla Press


Metal Turner

Offset Spatula




HF Coors

Schooner Glasses

Oil Cloths

Food Photography Equipment

Canon 5D R Full Frame Digital SLR

Canon Prime Lenses: 35mm | 50mm Macro | 100mm Macro

Matthews Apple Boxes

Zoom Lavalier Microphone

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

Apple iMac


Dried Chiles

Huge Selection: Native Seeds Search: Based in Tucson, AZ

Chiltepin:  Chilttepica | Amazon.com

Chiles de Arbol:  El Guapo MexGrocer | Amazon.com

Dried Chipotle

Herbs & Spices

Chile Powders: Santa Cruz Chili Co. | Desert Provisions | Native Seeds Search

Mexican Oregano: Rancho Gordo | Amazon.com

Sonoran Sea Salts: Desert Provisions | Santa Cruz Chili Co.

Maldon Smoked Sea Salt

McCormick Minced Dried Onion

Knorr Chicken and Beef Bullion Powders

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Pico de Gallo Seasoning


Essential Ingredients

Flour Tortillas: La Mesa Tortillas: shipping worldwide

Cheeses and Crema: Cacique Mexican Cheeses

Condensed and Evaporated Milk


Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

Regina Red Wine Vinegar

White Vinegar

Bottled Hot Sauces



Crystal Hot Sauce   


Los Calientes





Best Foods/Hellmann’s™

Canned Tomatoes

Bianco Dinapoli

El Pato


Centi Tomatoes

Canned Hominy: El Mexicano

Dried Beans

Rancho Gordo 

Native Seeds Search

Grains and Flours

Corn Masa: Masienda

Mesquite Flour: Amazon.com- Zocalo

Sonoran White Wheat Flour: Hayden Mills


Large Pellets

Mexican Chocolate

Amazon.com – Taza

Amazon.com – Nestle

Monsoon Chocolate in Tucson, AZ

Mexican Candies:


Serpentinas Tamarind Candies

Chunk Style Tamarind Candies

Bar Essentials

Tajin Drink Rimmer



India Tree

Here’s a short video highlighting some of my favorite Sonoran ingredients that I put together for the Tucson Festival of Books

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