As a native New Mexican now living in Seattle, on NM visits to see the family my wife and I always made the pilgrimage to Chimayo to pick up some of Leona's red chile powder (then over to La Chiripada to get a case of wine!). I don't know if it was her supplier, or what, but the chile Leona sold always seemed to be super flavorful, rich and complex. Was I just imagining things or was it really that different?
Now that they they are closed ( *very* *very* sad!), where shall we get our chile?
I know that there are other shops that sell red chile powder in Chimayo, but are they as good?
Do you have a recommendation for red chile power alternative that would be that good?