The first time I walked into an ethnic market, I was overwhelmed with the amount of fresh produce available at sometimes lower prices than I’d find at popular supermarkets. They are outstanding places to shop especially when you’re cooking up new dishes or looking for staples. Don’t miss out on these savings!

Here are some examples of foods that have generally good prices at ethnic markets:

1. Produce

Fresh garlic, avocados, apples, broccoli, bell peppers, eggplant, or cucumbers. Ethnic markets can have super-low prices on fresh fish and rare cuts of meat as well!

2. Spices/Herbs

Chili powder, cumin, cinnamon (ground and whole sticks), oregano, sesame seeds, and whole dried peppers.

3. Ethnic choices

Coconut milk, jasmine rice, soy sauce, vinegars, horchata, nectar juices, Mexican sodas, sweetened condensed or powdered milk.

4. Staples

Flour, brown rice, corn flour, hominy, chicken bouillon, soup mixes, canned peppers and chilies, mole, hot sauce, beans (dried and canned), raw cane sugar, rice flour.

Try out an ethnic food market and see how much you can save. Already shopping at ethnic markets? Find great deals? Tell us about it in the comments.