Meet Mapuche Style Merken

Stephanie Bullen
Chief Flavor Advisor
Savory Spice Shop

Print Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest Email
Tags: chile Latin
Meet Mapuche Style Merken

Of all of our new Pura Vida Latin-inspired blends, it’s possible that the Mapuche Style Merken Seasoning has sparked the most conversation. In order to really understand this blend, you have to know where the name came from.

Mapuche Style Merken Seasoning

The Mapuche people are indigenous to Chile. For generations, the Chilean go-to spice has been a flavorful blend of ground, smoked aji cacho de cabra (Goat’s Horn chiles) mixed with coriander, cumin, and salt. Unfortunately, Goat’s Horn chiles are not commercially available in the United States. To replicate the flavor of these chiles, we use a blend of other chiles and smoked sweet paprika. While the ingredients aren’t exactly the same as the native Mapuche people use, we think the flavor captures the essence of this fantastic seasoning, which is why we call it ‘Mapuche Style’.

Used in everything from cheese to nuts, meats and lentils, this warm seasoning adds rich flavor to what can sometimes be bland food on its own. This mighty seasoning has long been known as ‘merken’. This spelling is widely used in Chile and is a version of the Mapuche word ‘mezken’.


fire roasted salsaFire Roasted Salsa

This seasoning is perfect for recreating traditional Chilean dishes. If you’re not yet familiar with Chilean favorites, here are some of ours:


Pebre & Chancho en Piedra is a typical Chilean condiment, similar to salsa, consisting of onions, garlic, chiles, tomatoes, coriander, vinegar, and olive oil. We suggest replicating this easy-to-use sauce by adding Mapuche Style Merken Seasoning to your favorite fresh salsa recipe or to our recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa. Serve Chilean style, with an array of grilled meats.

chacarero merkenChacarero Chilean Steak Sandwich


Chacarero is a traditional Chilean steak sandwich. A little bit of everything all rolled into one, this sandwich has meat, veggies, an avocado spread, and a creamy Merken sauce. Think of our version as a South American twist on a hearty steak sandwich. We top our chacarero with beer battered green beans–which, when coupled with the Merken Spiced Dipping Sauce, are a DIY version of a classic bar food snack.


We encourage you to explore Mapuche Style Merken Seasoning. If you come up with any recipes using Merken, please share them with our test kitchen ( and we’ll share them with our customers.

Comments on this Article

No comments on this article. Be the first!

Add a comment:


Email Address: (will not be made public)

To help us reduce spam please click on the symbols in the image below
Captcha Button - Yes Captcha Button - No Captcha Button - Yes Captcha Button - Yes Captcha Button - Yes Captcha Button - No Captcha Button - No Captcha Button - Yes


5280 Magazine adobo Alabama All Natural allspice Ashlee Redger autumn Back to School Bacon baking bananas barbacoa Barbecue barbeque BBQ BBQ Recipes BBQ Sauce BBQ Spices beans beef Behind the Product Behind the Scenes bison Black Dip Blackening bloody mary bouillon bread Breakfast brine brining buffalo sauce buffalo wings burger Burgers cajun Cajun Blackening california paprika Caramel Caribbean Carolina BBQ Carolina Reaper Cedar Plank chai chasing bbq Chicharron Salt chicken chile Chile Flakes chiles chili chimichurri chinese new year chocolate cinnamon Cobbler cocoa coconut coffee Columbian Columbus Day comfort food condiments cookbook cookies cooking with seeds corned beef creole Cuban Cue Glue curry dairy free dairy-free Denver dessert Desserts dinner dip dip recipes dips DIY DIY Recipe Kits dressing dressings dried herbs Dry Brine Easter Easy Dinner Easy Meals Eggs extract extract recipes extracts fall Fall Recipes Family-Friendly Father's Day fish flavored drinks fresh herbs fudge game day Gardening garlic Georgia Georgia Peach Spice gift gift guide gift ideas gift packs gift sets gifts gluten gluten free gluten-free gluten-free menus gluten-free recipes gluten-free spices Grill grilling Growing From Seed guacamole Ham harissa harvest hatch green chile healthy Healthy cooking healthy eating healthy recipes herb recipes herbs holiday holiday brunch holiday cocktail party Holiday Cookies Holiday Gifts Holiday Meal Holiday Meals holiday menu holiday open house Holiday Traditions hot hot sauce hungarian paprika ice cream Illinois Irish jalapeno Jamaican Jamaican Jerk jerk Kansas City KC Barbecue Kebab Kentucky ketchup lamb Latin Lemon Lemon Bars Lemon Pepper lime Liquid Brine makrut mardi gras marinade Marinades Marinate Marinating marninate mayonnaise Meal Planning meatball Meatless Monday Mediterranean Memphis Memphis BBQ menus Mexican Meyer Lemon Middle Eastern MM Local mustard mustard seeds Mutton New Year's North Carolina onion organic paleo paprika Peach Peaches pepper peppercorns pickles popcorn pork Pork Chops Potluck pumpkin Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Spice Pyramid Peak Quiche Quick and Easy recipes resolutions ribs Rudspice salad Salad Dressing salads Salmon salsa salt Salt Block Cooking salt free salt-free salt-free recipes salt-free seasonings salty Sauce savory savory spice Scallops seafood seed to seed seeds Shrimp Side Dishes sides Skewers Slow Cooker Smoke Cans smoked paprika Smoothie snacks sofrito soup South Carolina southwestern Spanish spanish paprika spice Spice 'n Easy Spice Club Spice it Forward spice to plate spicy spring Sriracha St Louis St. Louis St. Patrick's Day Steak Stocking Stuffer stocking stuffers sugar sugar free sugar free seasonings sugar-free summer summer recipes super bowl sweet Test Kitchen Texas Texas Barbecue Texas BBQ Texas Spices Thanksgiving Toast toasting seeds tomato Top Chef traditions turkey Valentine's Day vanilla Vanilla Beans Vegetarian vindaloo Weeknight Meals Whole Hog whole seeds wings winter Women's Bean Project