Patagonia Provisions Organic Aji Molido (Ground Chile)
Our signature mellow, coarsely ground red chile with toasty, smoky notes, our organic aji comes from our partners at Molino Cerrillos, high in the mountain plateaus of Argentina. Terrific on grilled meat, soup, pizza, or anything else that benefits from a little kick and a lot of flavor.
Each packet of Aji Molido ground chile contains 1.75 ounces (about 1/2 cup)
Our search for the right source of this flavorful, not-too-hot chile took 50 years. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard first tasted aji molido in 1967, while he and his friends were camping with gauchos in Argentina, waiting out the weather to climb Fitz Roy. The gauchos sprinkled their grilled mutton with tangy chimichurri sauce spiked with a smoky, slighty fruity ground chile: aji molido.
For decades afterward, Yvon tried to grow the chiles in various spots, including in his California backyard, but the seeds always grew up too fiery. We finally found the right source by circling back to Argentina, to the high-altitude Salta region, where the chiles thrive at 8,200 feet and deliver exactly the right subtle heat.
Grown and ground for us by Molino Cerrillos, this is the first certified organic aji molido in Argentina.