This has really become a mission for me. I've been looking everywhere for some bottled chile de arbol hot sauce but I can't find it anywhere. I've been to Vons, Ralphs, Food4Less, Whole Foods, a few local mexican markets and none of them have it. I called Trader Joe's and they say they don't have it. I found a post here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/450900 by a guy named Josh who said he bought some Salsa Encino chile de arbol at a Northgate market, but it was like a year and a half ago . I called the ones in Coronado, Chula Vista, and Escondido but none of them have it, although 2 of the places sounded like they weren't sure when they told me. I don't know if there was some language miscommunication. There's an Azteca Mexican Market in Mira Mesa that makes fresh chile de arbol hot sauce and sells it by the jar but I really wanted a bottled brand so it's easier to pour and hopefully doesn't need refrigeration so I can take it with me just in case.
The only place where I've seen plenty of chile de arbol bottled hot sauces is on the internet, but the shipping prices always kills it for me. I'm about ready to bite the bullet and just order it online but I wanted to check here one last time before I do. Anyone know where I can find some please?!