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There's Goat Horn chile on everything at the Mapuche Native Argentinian Food truck

There's Goat Horn chile on everything at the Mapuche Native Argentinian Food truck

Have you tried merkén? Imagine the taco/fish/chicken/pork/stew seasoning of your dreams,a wonder spice that has a distinct earthiness and tastes of chiles, paprika and smoke.

The rust-colored spice is made from Goat Horn chile (aji cacho de cabra), cumin and coriander. It’s featured predominantly in the cooking of the Mapuche people in Chile and Patagonia, and it can take several months to smoke — with three to four different kinds of wood —before it’s ready, depending on the tribe making it. Yes, it’s pretty special stuff. And that’s why chef Carlos Leiva, who is part of the Mapuche in Patagonia, gets his merkén from three different tribes...

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