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The Spiciest Mexican Dish in Austin

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

    1. 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.

      1. Don't forget the habanero sauce at Habanero.

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: sqwertz

              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.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                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.

            2. 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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              1. re: thereman

                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.

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

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                1. re: Carter B.

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: bubbleboy79

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

                    1. re: bubbleboy79

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