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Chilean Merquen Seasoning

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Our Chilean Merquen Seasoning is similar to traditional Merken spice seasoning. This merquen blend combines dried and smoked aji cacho de cabra (goat's horn red pepper), sea salt, and ground coriander seeds. Its coarse texture is similar to other crushed red pepper blends like Aleppo and Urfa. Don't let the simplicity fool you: this merquen seasoning delivers on flavor.

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    Chilean Merquen FAQ

    What is merquen?

    Merquen, or Merkén, is a Chilean seasoning and gets its main ingredient from Goat's Horn Chile, also known as aji cacho de cabra.

    What can you do with merquen spice?

    Merquen can be used as a substitute for crushed red peppers, when you want a spicier & smokier flavor.

    How do you use merquen seasoning?

    Chilean Merquen, or Merkén, can be used as a dry rub on meat, to flavor sauces and soups, or as a sprinkle on nearly anything when you want to add a hint of spiciness and smokiness.

    Additional uses:

    • As a dry rub on beef, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, tofu or seafood before grilling or smoking. Sprinkle on carrots, lentils, potatoes and other sauteed or roasted vegetables.
    • To flavor purees, sauces, soups and stews. For seasoning savory pies including hand pies and empanadas.
    • Make traditional Chilean dishes like Pebre y Chancho en Piedra (Chilean salsa), Chacarero Chilean Steak Sandwich and Charquican.
    • Add a hint of spiciness to fresh ceviche, chimichurri, guacamole and salsas. A flavorful topping to poke and protein bowls.
    • Sprinkle on snacks, like olives, peanuts and popcorn to change the ordinary to extraordinary.
    • Add to olive oil for bread dipping or sprinkle onto croutons before baking.
    • Fold into cream cheese or other soft cheeses to create tasty spreads. Add a tablespoon or two into a cup of mayo with a splash of lime juice for an easy, flavorful dip.
    • To add robust, smoky flavor to Bloody Mary cocktails.

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    dried and smoked aji cacho de cabra (goat's horn red pepper), salt, ground coriander