Stock up on Masa and Mexican Beer at These Hudson Valley Latin Grocery Stores
Score hard-to-find culinary staples at corner stores and supermarkets across the Hudson River region.
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On the journey to find authentic, honest-to-goodness Latin and Mexican fare, the Hudson Valley is a treasure trove. From Albany to Westchester, the region is stocked to the brim with fan-favorite and under-the-radar eateries serving up addictive enchiladas, tamales, tacos, and more. For those who want to scout the ingredients required to prepare said dishes, however, the search is slightly more strenuous.
Never fear! The next time you’re on the hunt for spicy chilis, fresh masa, or all the hot sauce you can handle, head to these small but mighty shops in the Hudson Valley. When it comes to cooking traditional cuisine, after all, the ingredients make all the difference.
651 Main St, Poughkeepsie
One of the larger Latin markets in the Hudson Valley, Casa Latina is a gem for pretty much every cooking essential you can imagine. Load your basket with what seems like every sort of Goya bean on the planet or keep it classic with La Costena pinto beans for that authentic refried bean flavor.
Before you leave, don’t forget to grab a bag of Mexican candy. Trust us, it’s worth it.
233 Main St, Nyack
El Cuñao is a favorite in Nyack, and for good reason. While it’s a community pick for carne asada and chiles rellenos, it’s also a worthwhile destination for authentic tortillas, Abuelita hot chocolate, Café Bustelo, and a commendable selection of candy.
123 North St, Middletown
Open since 1985, Garcia’s has been a must-visit destination for Latin ingredients for more than 30 years. Not only does it have a solid selection of produce — think tomatoes, zucchini, limes, and peppers galore — but it also carries hard-to-find frozen fruits like mamey, maracuya, and guanabana, along with plantain leaves, nopal, and more spices than you can count.
962 S Lake Blvd, Mahopac
Laguna Cocina is something of a hidden gem in Mahopac, and locals like to keep it that way. The storefront is a combined restaurant and grocery store, which means it’s a great place to shop for items to recreate chilaquiles and sopa de pollo at home. Head here for Jarritos and Fanta, and don’t leave without picking up a pack to tortillas for the house.
249 North St, Middletown
A stocked supermarket in Middletown, La Mexicana is a hub for Latin American produce — hello guayabas — and baked goods like pan de hojaldra. Visit before the holidays to make the most of seasonal specials, then swing by all year round for dulces mexicanos, fruit juices, and, you know, tacos.
89 Cottage St, Middletown
Bitty though it may be, La Morenita stocks a fair selection of Mexican candies and snacks (Animalitos and Pulparindo, anyone?). The mini-grocery, which also has Mexican beer, juices, and masa, serves top tacos and sweets as well, making it a great stop before an impromptu Friday night dinner with friends.
550 Main St, Poughkeepsie
Located in the heart of Poughkeepsie, Pancho Villa is a central location for imported Latino ingredients and beers. Stock up on Modelos and enchilada sauce, then stay for the tacos and tortas. P.S. If you haven’t seen the mural outside the shop, the artwork alone is worth the trip.