Our summery, spicy Silk Chili Flakes come from Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Use in any recipe calling for marash pepper or Aleppo pepper — this will become your new favorite chili flake.
Silk Chili is botanically identical to the Aleppo pepper, which has been cultivated in Syria for centuries. Due to the ongoing violence of the Syrian civil war, true Aleppo chili is unfortunately no longer available for import.
Our Silk Chili Flakes are naturally preserved with a little bit of salt and sunflower seed oil to keep them fresh and flavorful.
They have a warm, tomato-like flavor and a medium heat, similar to Espelette and Korean chilis. Use in any dish in need of a little excitement, from scrambled eggs to burgers to brownies. Perfect for cooking or finishing.
- Origin: Kahramanmaras, Turkey
- Aliases: Aleppo pepper, Marash / Maras pepper, pul biber
- Heat level: 5,000-10,000 Scoville units
- Process: Sun-dried and stone-ground
- Ingredients: Silk Chili (Capsicum annuum), sunflower seed oil, salt (salt content is 1% by weight, or about 0.5 grams per jar)
- Tasting notes: Roasted Tomato • Honey • Mediterranean Sun
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Pairs well with: Cured Sumac, Smoked Pimentón Paprika, Wild Mountain Cumin
These chilis undergo a traditional drying and grinding process that results in a chili flake with a very smooth, slippery texture. Historically, the chilis were ground using silk ropes, and although more modern grinding machines are used today, the tradition is commemorated in the name Silk Chili.
Meet the Farmer: Hilmi Bey got into the pepper business 40 years ago when he was working as a cook and couldn't find good peppers. He and his brother bought a few sacks from farmers they knew around their native Maras, carried them 18 hours on a train to Istanbul, and walked the streets of the city shouting that they had peppers to sell. From that original entrepreneurial instinct, Hilmi has built a pepper business that he's now turning over to his son (pictured on the right).
- silk chili
Best spice ever
You can add this to anything to give a subtle complex heat
From chicken wings to scrambled eggs my cooking has been elevated by the quality of this product. So legit.
Not very useful so far
I'm not inclined to sprinkle spices in my food, ***** nilly, so that they obscure rather than enhance the flavors of the ingredients. On one outing, I found the Silk Chili to be overwhelming. (I do, however, like Urfa Chili, which I use to make croutons that I add to salads and soup.)
My second order,
I love silk chili and use it on almost anything I would put paprika on/in.
silk chili flakes are nicely warm
great flavor boost - really warms and deepens the flavor in meat loaf, and a nice added note for scratch made shakshukah.
Obsessed with Silk Chili
My favorite use is sprinkled on avocado toast! But it brings a zest to everything I add it to… salads, stews, chili, tacos. It is my go to spice to just pump up flavor. Love it!
Great table chili
I've fallen in love with this very mild chili ... I keep the shaker bottle on the table close at hand. I love sprinkling it on just about everything, eggs, pasta dishes, you name it. I'm trying to think of a use for it in cookies. I really like it for a finishing touch .. it gives a dish a lot of visual interest, without being too spicey for those that cannot take the heat.
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