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Published August 1st 2012
How hot are you?
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How Hot Can You Take It?

Chilli lovers are a pretty determined bunch who need a regular boost to feed their addiction. And yes peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that causes the burning sensation and makes the body secrete endorphins which deliver a natural high.

The Mecca in Adelaide for Chilli lovers is a little innocuous store on Magill Rd called Chile Mojo.

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Chile Mojo Logo

Chile Mojo is a colourful shop crowded with thousands of items related to the chilli and Mexican living. Not only food, but clothing, ornaments, religious themed items and artwork are all crammed into an incredibly orderly but busy display. On entering your eyes are overwhelmed with the colourful displays everywhere from the floor to the ceiling.

It's only a few doors away from the deliciously authentic Maiz & Mezcal and the Burger Foundry (home of the jerk chicken burger), so it's not surprising that there is a strong synergy between them.

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Something to Tempt Chocolate Lovers

There really is something for almost everyone here, with bars of tasty chilli chocolate near packs of Jim Beam BBQ sauce and marinades. Colourful Mayan runners hang from the walls alongside sombreros and chilli printed shirts. Seeds, sweets, kitchen implements - almost anything related to chilli or Mexico can be found here. It's even possible to hire a nachos making machine for your next party from here.

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Mortar and Pestles

When I queried part owner Joel about the spelling of the shop name, he pointed out that it is the best phonetic representation of the original word used in the ancient Nahuatl language. He feels that it's more appropriate to use that, rather than the spelling that has evolved over time with anglicisation.

I respect that view, but will continue to stick with my spelling to minimise confusion among readers. But if you'd like to know more, check out the glossary on the website under J for Joel.

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What Will You Cook Tonight?

However it's spelt, there is a mind boggling range of sauces available from Chile Mojo. You can see just a few in the photo above. But even if chilli isn't really your thing, this shop is worth a visit just to browse the colourful display, and maybe pick up an ornament or gift for a friend.

Take a look sometime, it's a hot experience.

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Why? It's a great place to browse
When: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday and Monday, closed
Phone: (08) 8333 1931
Where: 381 Magill Road, St. Morris SA 5068
Your Comment
Mexican food is not supposed to cripple the taste buds, in fact it can be very subtle. Just came back from Sonoma in California and miss the great food that is Cal-Mex.
by paste (score: 0|7) 797 days ago
Maybe you will need some mexican beer too to help your guests chill out :)

I'm keen to try the jerk chicken paste. I used to live near a Jamaican restaurant in London and was hooked on their jerk chicken
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11027) 2267 days ago
Think I might try cooking some Mexican now there is a place to get some of these HOT ingredients
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2267 days ago
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