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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1.8 oz glass jar
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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 (Capsicum annuum), sunflower seed oil, salt (salt content is 1% by weight, or about 0.5 grams per jar)
  • Tasting notes: Raisin • Espresso • Summer Night



Black Urfa Chili starts out as a red, sweet, 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, where it's 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 in this photo he was out picking peppers in the 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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Elizabeth A.
United States United States

I love it and used it for the first time last night on some fish I was broiling. Delish!!!!

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Ian M.
United States United States
A fantastic chili

Works great in every application, especially desserts. The only thing but would possibly want is more heat.

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Black ourfa chilies

I put them in a Christmas stocking for my adult daughter in law and only found out afterwards that she had been wishing for some Urga chilies and was really thrilled to find them! I didn’t realize that they are “a thing” but apparently they are :-).

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Black Urfa Chili

Black Urfa Chili. The aroma and taste are fantastic! I’ve used in my soups and stews, and topped my eggs. Absolutely delicious. I’m so very pleased with the spices I purchased. Will definitely purchase again, and again.

Julia B.
United States United States
Can’t get this easily

A spice to experience because you are unlikely to find such quality and flavor anywhere else even if you manage to find elsewhere.