Also known as Isot pepper, this wonderful crushed chile from the Turkish town of Urfa is similar to Aleppo. Though Urfa chiles are called “red”, they actually are purplish black in color. These premium peppers are picked and cut, dried in the sun by day, then wrapped and sweated at night for more than a week. This sweating process gives the chiles a rich, earthy flavor and smoky aroma.
A sweating process gives Urfa chiles a rich, earthy flavor and smoky aroma.
Urfa peppers are a 3-4 on a heat scale of 1-10. The heat develops slowly and has more bite than Aleppo crushed red peppers. Try sprinkling over salad, pasta, pilaf, pizza and more. If you enjoy Aleppo chiles we think you will love these as well.