Black Urfa Chili

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Our Black Urfa Chili comes from southeastern Turkey, where you'll find it on almost every table. It's a deeply savory, not-so-spicy chili that's delicious on kebabs and other grilled foods. Try it 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. 

Please note that the Black Urfa Chili contains a little sunflower oil and may appear to be slightly clumpy or wet as a result, especially at cold temperatures. The oil is part of what makes the chili so delicious, and there's nothing to be concerned about if it looks a little wet. 

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

What they're saying

"Game-changing spice for home cooks who think they have everything."
"The one I obsessed over in 2018."
"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 (brewmaster)

SOURCING

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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07/14/2021
Anonymous
United States United States

Instant addiction

Black lime, black urfa chili, cured sumac, grains of paradise. How have I lived this long without them? And all the other spices. So so good.

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09/04/2020
Charlie
United States United States

Urfa.... Yeah!

Where has this been all my life? Great smokiness, tang and a nice lingering spiciness. Tried it on my omelettes and leveled them up big time. I’m ready to buy this by the lb. now.

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08/21/2020
Christina P.
United States United States

Chili goes in almost everything

I’ve used this chili alongside a couple others for both savory dishes (Dutch pot chicken, sauces, pesto), and more recently, my sweet bread (chocolate and chili is the best). Unlike the store bought spices which is quite overwhelming and who knows how old, Burlap and Barrel has a perfect selection that allows the new cook (ie. Me) and seasoned ones (haha) alike to feel comfortable to add a number of spices without the worry that you might mess up your dish. From someone who never liked cooking before, I look forward to digging into my spices to see what I can make next!

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06/04/2020
Jasmine M.
United States United States

Phenomenal Flavor

Black urfa chili is such a wonderful addition to so many dishes. I use it on probably 2/3 of our meals, such a fantastic spice and so different than anything I've ever had before.

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05/14/2022
Julianne I.
United States

Amazing

We are Turkish and this is better than any we have ever had. Amazing flavor.

AR
05/08/2022
Ali R.
Canada Canada

Just sublime, well worth the initial lay out of expense.

At the beginning of the pandemic, I bought Black Urfa chili, Silk chili, both kinds of paprika, tumeric, Icelandic kelp, Crushed cardamom, purple-striped garlic, and King Caraway. I figured that since I wouldn't be working much I had better get myself some superlative spices, since it could well be that simple, inexpensive foods like rice and beans or goulash would be the order of the day. I was thrilled with the products and my life changed for the better forever. Since then I have refilled my Urfa and Silk chili powders (not least because I gave friends little jam jar samples of these, they all adored them), got some Robusta peppercorns (a revelation!), and King Cinnamon. The flavour-joy is real. It made me feel I was eating like a queen on a pauper budget. Rice and a little cabbage braised in butter with Paprika and some caraway was an absolute feast, especially with a couple of farm eggs on top with the divine Urfa chili. I remember thinking "No one else could possibly be happier with their meal than I am this minute." I am so grateful to have found your product Love, Sal

JB
04/28/2022
Jean B.
United States United States

Outstanding

These are terrific

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04/21/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Unique and delicious

This has been a great addition to the pantry. It's slightly sweet and smoky, totally unlike any other chili I've used.

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