Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

El Granero

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Chiles, spices, nuts and grains. For adding the olé to your molé.

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Take one step inside and El Granero will become your go-to place for purchasing herbs, spices and other cooking ingredients in Ajijic.

Baskets of chiles and burlap sacks of beans are in the middle of the store and the walls are filled with jarred dried herbs, spices, and other products. You’ll find quite a lot, from oregano and basil to saffron and epazote. Also to be had is quality chocolate for baking or eating, as well as dried fruit, nuts, healthful snacks, protein powders.

Flours, semolina, honey, vanilla, fleur de sel and a variety of other baking and cooking goods are also sold here.

Last updated July 25, 2018

Street View

Address

Carretera Oriente #36-A

Ajijic

HoursClosed Now

Mon9:00am -6:00pm
Tue9:00am -6:00pm
Wed9:00am -6:00pm
Thu9:00am -6:00pm
Fri9:00am -6:00pm
Sat9:00am -6:00pm
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Phone

376-766-3862

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Photos of El Granero

Lots of herbs, spices and cooking ingredients for sale at El Granero.

Inside El Granero at Carretera Oriente #36-A in Ajijic.

Dried fennel, paprika, turmeric, curry powder, parsley, citric acid, cayenne, and "Tajin"(a chile/lime/salt powder for putting on top of, well, everything).

Dried and ground nutmeg, fenugreek, caraway.

Nuts available in bulk: cashews, corn nuts, "macho" peanuts, peanuts without salt, sliced almonds, sliced almonds with no skin, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, Japanese-style peanuts, toasted peanuts, and crystalized ginger.

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Dance of the Little Old Men

Dance of the Little Old Men

A boy in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, performs La Danza de los Viejitos, the Dance of the Little Old Men, a traditional dance from Michoacan.

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Some items are available in bulk. Some are sold in pre-packaged sizes for your convenience.

Nuts and dried fruits.

One of the very few places you can locally find ayocotes: scarlet runner beans. These are much more common in areas south of the country such as Chiapas.

Bull's blood beans. These are also atypical of this area.

Granolas.

A girl dressed as an Adelita during the Revolution Day parade in San Antonio Tlayacapan, which always celebrates Revolution Day the Sunday after November 20 (which in 2018 is November 25). Their parade starts a few blocks west of the plaza in San Antonio at 9 a.m.

How the Women Soldaderas Helped Win the Mexican Revolution

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Mole sauces, including pepian, poblano, and almendrado (with almonds).

Mole sauce.

The price is usually written directly on the product.

A number of frozen soups are available.

Frozen soups: lentil, ginger carrot, vegetable, spinach, vegan curry, quinoa and lentils, broccoli cream, chicken corn, four bell peppers, and vegetable curry. Chicken pot pies are also available.

Apple cider vinegars.

Coconut oils.

Honey.

El Comalteco-brand coffee from Comala in the state of Colima.

A variety of chiles for sale.

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Aztec Dancers on Mezcala Island

Aztec Dancers on Mezcala Island

Sergio Hernández and Kode Rodríguez perform a dance in the ruins of an old fort on Mezala Island in Lake Chapala.

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Chile chilacate.

Chile ancho.

Cascabel chiles.

Chile árbol.

Chila yahualica.

A girl dressed as an Adelita during the Revolution Day parade in San Antonio Tlayacapan, which always celebrates Revolution Day the Sunday after November 20 (which in 2018 is November 25). Their parade starts a few blocks west of the plaza in San Antonio at 9 a.m.

How the Women Soldaderas Helped Win the Mexican Revolution

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Dried chile serrano.

Chile mirasol/guajillo (mirasol when fresh, guajillo when dry).

Taking a customer's order at El Granero in Ajijic.

Dried mint, guanabana leaves and other herbs.

Dried mint, guanabana leaves and other herbs.

Dried peas, soy beans, and rye.

Espirulina, wheat flour, hemp hearts.

Varieties of rice, including basmati, jasmine and basic white rice.

Piloncillo sugar.

The Virgin of Zapopan Visits Chapala

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This out of the way shelf behind another shelf was the least-packed shelf in the store. But it has crema de trigo, semolina flour for bread- and pizza-making.

Chile sauces, jams, balsamic vinegar, and salad dressings.

Vanilla extract.

Inés oils: avocado oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, grape oil, and linseed oil.

Cinnamon sticks.

Tamarind pods.

Unsalted, unshelled peanuts.

Dried jamaica (hibiscus) flowers for making delicious jamaica agua fresca. Hibiscus tea, hot or cold, is found in many cultures; this variety originated in Sudan.

Jamaica flowers from Colima. The Colima variety is stronger than the Sudan and is preferred on a national level out of 64 varieties.

Sayaca during Fiesta de San Sebastián

Carnival & the Masked Sayacas of Ajijic

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Dried peruano (Peruvian) beans and other beans common to this part of Jalisco.

Dried chickpea beans.

Herbs and spices for sale in bulk.

Whole and ground cumin, thyme, coriander seed.

Ground celery, dried garlic, anise.

Chocolate-covered pistachios and almonds, plus chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles.

Dried pineapples, mangos and other fruits.

Shelled pistachios, pine nuts, cashews.

Baking products such as vanilla, baking powder, gluten and (artificial) food flavorings.

Baking flours such as potato starch, chickpea flour, tapioca flour, rice flour, amaranth flour.

Peanut butter, almond butter, coconut sugar.

Bread for bruschetta.

Cocoa powder, packaged and in bulk. Sesame seeds in bulk.

Soap made with goat's milk.

Powdered piloncillo sugar, magnesium chloride, Splenda.

Baked fruit and vegetable snacks: dried sweet potato and beets, and banana.

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Revolution Day

Soldaderas on Revolution Day

Women played a significant role during the Mexican Revolution, which girls from the local schools commemorate every year on Revolution Day.

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