2 Packages of Merquen Spice by Etnia
  • A mix of peppers and other seasonings
  • Traditional Mapuche Indian spice
  • Fair trade
  • Season fish, chicken, soups and sauces
  • Size - 2 x 1 oz/28 g

In recent years, we’ve been fascinated by the cuisine of South America, and how it combines the flavors of Spain with foods from the local peoples. One of our most exciting finds on a recent trip to Chile was the local spice, merquén.

When we tasted seared salmon seasoned with merquén, we were immediately drawn to the spice. Little did we know it’s the traditional seasoning of the native Mapuche people! This enticing blend of smoked chilies with salt, ground coriander and cumin has enlivened their cuisine for centuries, and we couldn’t wait to start cooking with it ourselves.

Our source for this exhilarating spice, Etnia, has partnered with two local Mapuche families, the Huenupi and the Manchileo families, in Purén, Chile to buy merquén straight from its producers. Etnia abides by the principles of Fair Trade, making sure the local people receive a fair price for their delicious spice while supporting local commerce.

The Mapuche only use the highest quality ingredients so that the final blend is pure and complex. A little spice goes a long way, whether you season a salmon filet or roast a chicken. Merquén is also great for flavoring creamy soups, seasoning aioli or marinating meats. It adds far more complex flavors than cayenne pepper or chilies, and is certain to be the talk of the table!


Chili, dehydrated coriander (cilantro) seeds, cumin, salt.

Nutritional Information

Serving size 1/4 teaspoon. Servings per container about 56. Calories 1, total fat 0g (0%), sodium 70.3mg (3%), total carbohydrate 0.1g (0%). Protein 0g (0%). * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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