My mouth is on fire
I haven't had a chacarero in a long time, but I had time to grab one on my way to South Station this afternoon. Small beef, extra, extra hot. (For 10 years I was a chicken guy, but I switched a couple years ago and haven't looked back. I think it's more flavorful than the chicken.) In addition to ordering it extra, extra hot, I paid fifty cents for an additional little container of the extra hot sauce, which I emptied onto my sandwich. It was delicious (and hot)! After all these years, Chacarero's chacarero still is one of the best sandwiches around.
Thanks for the reminder! I haven't been to Chacarero in a while (maybe not yet this year?), so I need to find a time to get down there...
I totally agree - it's probably the only sandwich that I never stop wanting to eat.
The heat in that extra hot sauce really varies, though - sometimes it really doesn't seem to have any oomph, other times it'll sand your taste buds off.
Once I discovered that I could get the extra hot sauce container I was excited. Finally - after years of doing the "extra, extra, extra EXTRA hot" dance to get anything that had noticeable heat I could control my own destiny!
I was promptly disappointed - it seems that they knew better than me. By the time that I added enough sauce to get a good amount of heat going, it ruined the delicate balance of that sandwich. I went back to ordering it hot or extra hot or extra extra hot (I always thought the 'extras' sounded silly) and enjoying it more.
Just had an exceptionally hot one today. I have noticed that the more orange the "extra spicy" sauce is, the more likely it will blister your tastebuds. Pretty sure it's the difference between habaneros and some other kind of green, less spicy pepper.