Burlap & Barrel Black Urfa Chili Flakes 1.8 oz glass jar

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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. 

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

"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
  • Heat level: 5,000-10,000 Scoville units
  • Process: Cured in the sun and stone-ground
  • Ingredients: Urfa Chili (Capsicumannuum), sunflower seed oil, salt (salt content is 1% by weight, or about 0.5 grams per jar)
  • Tasting notes: Raisin • Espresso • Summer Night

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. 



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!).

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