This is one of our absolute favorite spices to use in EVERYTHING. We have long been huge fans of this very distinctive smoky heat from and complex flavors so we jumpled at the chance to bring it to you. Merquen (also known as merken) is a Chilean ground mixture of dried and smoked aji cacho de cabra (goat's horn red pepper) seasoned with cumin, coriander seeds, and salt.
Produced by the indigenous Mapuche families of Chile, it is now one of the most favored Latin spices in the gourmet culinary world. This paprika-like blend adds a warm depth, intense smoky flavor, and a fragrant aroma to everything from soups and dips to meat rubs and vegetables. This exotic and versatile seasoning has been embraced by many national and international chefs for use in new and exciting cuisines. Merquen has been highlighted in Fine Cooking, Men's Health, and The L.A. Times.
Use it on pizza, fish, pasta, eggs, you name it! My favorite pasta recipe is simply good olive oil like Seka Hills, fennel seed, thin slices of preserved lemon and merquen. It's my weeknight favorite and I occasionally dress it up with some grilled prawns or smoked salmon for a dinner party. I keep mine right on the stovetop next to the salt, thats how much I use it! This giant jar will last a long time even with heavy use, my last jar lasted over 4 years.