Everything from Fireworks Foods is available on its website, but if you don't fancy buying online, head to the retail showroom instead – but call ahead to make sure someone is there. Visit for tortillas and corn chips made onsite by Mexican owner Marycarmen Aguilera, who opened the business five years ago after being homesick for authentic Mexican food. Come also for an education in all things hot with a mind-blowing number of chilli sauces that are rated by their heat level, from mild to those that come with a health warning. This is the go-to place for cooking equipment for your next fiesta, including tortilla presses and warmers.
North Rocks, Unit 15, 15 Loyalty Road; 0432 507 521; www.fireworksfoods.com.au. Opening times vary so call ahead.
Monterey Mexican Food
This haven for all things Mexicano caters for the ever-increasing taste in Sydney for Central and South American cuisine. For those who like it hot, dried habanero chilli is a must, while owner Wayne Carrett recommends the smoky chipotle chilli to use with mince or spicy mushrooms. For tamale lovers, the news is good: Carrett now stocks corn husks, which haven't been available in Australia for a few years. There are also salsas, hominy, cactus and even tortilla warmers and taco holders. And don't forget mole; while buying it ready-made is not quite the same as making it your own, Carrett says the Dona Maria brand of mole, available in both regular and green, is very fine.
Prestons, Unit 6, 340 Hoxton Park Road, (02) 9826 9378. Daily by appointment. www.montereyfoods.com.au