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 (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 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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Donald S.
United States United States
Another 'new' one for me, odd black flakes. warm spicy not killer hot

added to granola spice mix with cardamom and cinnamon, salt pepper etc. also sprinkled on salads and even oatmeal loaded dish. yummy

United States United States
First time ordering.

Love my spices! Plan on giving as holiday gifts

David K.
United States United States
Got the big container!

After running through 2 small bottles in the space of a couple months, I broke down and bought the big one. This is my go-to, can’t-live-without, everyday spice of choice. The mellow, smoky heat goes sweet or savory. It’s a rare day that I don’t find something to spice up with Urfa. It lives with the sea salt not in the spice cabinet!

Elaine H.
United States United States

It wasn't to my taste.

United States United States
Perfect Flavor Boost

I added this to soup, stew, and chili. Was very impressed with the added flavor and subtle heat. Very good.