Burlap & Barrel Black Urfa Chili 1.8 oz glass jar
Burlap & Barrel Black Urfa Chili 16.0 oz plastic container
Black Urfa Chili - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Black Urfa Chili
Black Urfa Chili - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Black Urfa Chili - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Black Urfa Chili - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Black Urfa Chili

Black Urfa Chili

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In southeastern Turkey, you'll find black Urfa chili (or its uncured red variety) on almost every table. It's delicious on kebabs and other grilled meats and veggies, cooked into stews and chilis, in salad dressings, sprinkled on fluffy scrambled eggs, and even mixed into brownies and other chocolate desserts for a little extra depth and a hint of heat.

After being cured, the black Urfa chili is packed with salt and a little sunflower seed oil to preserve its natural texture and flavor and prevent it from drying out. 

It's been getting some attention - here's what some folks have to say about it:

“Game-changing spice for home cooks who think they have everything” Epicurious

“The one I obsessed over in 2018.” Bon Appetit

“It’s amazing! As a chef, I really get inspired by it." Chef Bill Telepan, Oceana

"They've got these beautiful cocoa- and raisin-like flavors, they're lightly smoky, and they bring a lot of cool things to beer... as well as to poached eggs." Bryan Selders, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

  • Origin: Urfa, Turkey
  • Aliases: Urfa biber, isot
  • Process: Cured in the sun and stone-ground
  • Ingredients: Urfa Chili, Sunflower Oil, Salt
  • Tasting notes: Raisin • Espresso • Summer Night

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Black Urfa Chili starts out as a red, sweet and spicy pepper almost identical to the more famous Aleppo pepper. It's grown in the hills around the ancient Turkish city of Urfa, where the hot, dry days, cold nights and sandy soil are part of its unique terroir. After harvesting, it's cured in the sun, where it changes color from red to black and develops its characteristic flavor profile, reminiscent of chocolate and dried fruits, with a lingering burn. It goes through a final stone-grinding step, ground into flakes between massive granite wheels with a little bit of sea salt and sunflower seed oil.The oil helps preserve its natural texture and flavor and prevents it from drying out (and is delicious too!)

Meet the Farmer: Bekir Bey is a chili pepper farmer just outside the city of Urfa, and he was out picking peppers today in blazing 104-degree heat. He and his family cultivate about 12 acres of chili peppers, almost all of which will be cut up, fermented and ground into the famous black Urfa chili flakes. They spend about 10 months of the year planning, planting, tending, watering and harvesting these very special chili peppers. The combination of pepper variety (same as an Aleppo/silk chili), sandy soil, hot dry climate and very particular fermentation method all come together to create a pepper unlike any other in the world.

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09/23/2020
Anonymous
United States United States
Black Urfa Chili

This chili is great, rich, smoky flavor with just enough heat. I love it in stir fries, stews, and chili.

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09/21/2020
Anonymous
United States United States
Love it

Very complex and delicious

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09/19/2020
Anonymous
United States United States
New Obsession

I have been using this as a deeply flavorful finishing on repeat. It is GORGEOUS, pungent, and adds heat and depth without being too spicy. Huge upgrade to my pantry!

BB
09/18/2020
Barbara B.
United States United States
Full of zing

I recently discovered Urfa pepper at a Kurdish restaurant. Such an interesting flavor! It’s a mild pepper like Aleppo. B & B’s Urfa is moist and flavorful

BM
09/14/2020
Barbara M.
United States United States
Earthy and Delicious

We use this on everything: meat, salads and vegetables. Not too spicy, more earthy. I’m finishing up my second bottle.