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The Spiciest Mexican Dish in Austin

thereman Feb 20, 2012 08:31 AM

Help me, Chowhounds! What can I order that will BURN MY FACE OFF? The fajitas w/ Jalapenos at Habanero Cafe come close to doing the trick, as does Torchy's Diablo Sauce (when applied in sufficient quantity), but I want MORE.

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  1. tim irvine RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 09:34 AM

    anything with the habanero sauce at TacoDeli. I prefer a mixture of their green sauce (sort of wasabi-like) and regular roasted salsa

    1. popvulture RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 11:15 AM

      The puerco en chile verde (carnitas just titled differently) at El Borrego is pretty damn spicy. I've only had them once so I can't speak for them being consistently hot, but my nose was running and my eyes were watering pretty bad when I ate them.

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        addlepated RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 12:54 PM

        Don't forget the habanero sauce at Habanero.

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          Rptrane RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 06:23 PM

          Not sure if this would qualify but I went to Ruby's BBQ and had a brisket taco. I've never experienced anythig like it. The waitress noted that the cook could sometimes overdo it on the spice. My mouth tingled before it burned. It was crazy.

          1. sqwertz RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 08:38 PM

            I drink the those double-shots of green sauce from El Pollo Rico (Stassney and First). Sometimes I go to one of the adjacent Mexican markets and get a half pound of little chicharones from the meat counter to dip in there.

            I really didn't think the jalapeno fajitas were that hot, but it's a been a while since I've gone inside Habenero. The heat in jalapenos you get from the grocery stores have really been varying lately. From no heat to very very hot. It's frustrating. Grocery stores need to fix that with their suppliers.


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              TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Feb 21, 2012 11:23 AM

              to segue for a moment:
              A farmer at the farmer's market told me that the real mild ones are the TAM jalapenos, developed by Texas A&M specifically for people that don't like heat (or taste), obviously.

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                addlepated RE: TroyTempest Feb 21, 2012 12:19 PM

                Yes... and I have never been able to buy jalapenos or habaneros at the store that are half as hot as the ones I grow in my back yard. I think that nearly all the mass market grocery store peppers (at least the ones I've tried) are on the mild side these days. Farmer's market ones might be better for heat.

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              thereman RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 09:08 PM

              Thanks for these suggestions! Adding everything that is new to me to the list. Re: the habanero sauce at Habanero Cafe, is this served on anything in particular, or is it more of a special salsa you can request for the table?

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                addlepated RE: thereman Feb 20, 2012 10:36 PM

                It's a salsa that you order for the table. From what I understand, the heat can vary in it as well, but at times it can be nuclear.

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                Carter B. RE: thereman Feb 21, 2012 04:50 AM

                The Chiles Manzanos at Azul Tequlia have always been very spicy for me.

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                  rudeboy RE: Carter B. Feb 21, 2012 07:03 PM

                  Carter B. You are right. I remember this from a while back. They can find the good jalapenos.

                2. bubbleboy79 RE: thereman Feb 22, 2012 12:52 AM

                  I can seldom find salsas spicy enough for me, let alone dishes, but the Diablo grilled oysters at Lucy's are ridiculous.

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                    Chicago Wine Geek RE: bubbleboy79 Feb 22, 2012 11:26 AM

                    Second vote for the Habanero salsa at the Habarneo Cafe. It ripped my face off and I loved it!

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                      ssouth RE: bubbleboy79 Feb 22, 2012 12:26 PM

                      2nd the Diablo oysters at Lucy's. Hottest thing I've tried in a long time.

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