Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot? Dare to Try ‘Scorpion Salsa’
If “mild” is for wusses, “medium” is for Mama’s boys, and “hot” is for plain ol’ cowards, salsa aficionados, please meet the Trinidad Scorpion, a chile pepper so blazingly hot, it’s used an ingredient in pepper spray.
Who brought the chips?
ABC-affiliate KOAT, in Albuquerque, N.M., reports the tongue-charring pepper is the star of El Pinto restaurant’s Scorpion Salsa, made specially for the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show taking place in the southwestern city this weekend.
“We want it to be almost non-edible,” El Pinto owner Jim Garica tells the network. “…We had one shot at this. We only had one half a pound of these peppers, so we wanted to make sure we did it right.”
Just how hot is “non-edible” territory? Well, according to KOAT, the restaurant’s creation is so off-the-charts-fiery that it can actually burn you if it touches your skin.
“The thing about capsaicin is that if you touch it to your skin, it will also have the same effect if you were to get it in your eyes,” Garcia tells the network, which adds employees wear protective clothing when making it.
Risking serious bodily injury for salsa? Now, that’s dedication.
If you think you can handle that sort of heat—and have an incredibly high threshold for pain—you’ll have to head to Sandia Casino in Albuquerque to try it for yourself, KOAT reports. It’s the only place you can snap up the 500 jars available.
“We won’t have the bragging rights for the pepper itself, but we will for the hottest salsa in a jar,“ Garcia tells the network. “And we challenge anyone to show us one hotter.”
I hope they have some sort of paramedic on hand. As for me, I’ll be happy to watch others submit to the salsa Gods, but will abstain from peppers that may lead to an ambulance ride. I may be a wuss, but at least my tongue won’t be burned into oblivion.
We’ll leave the choice of chile to you, as you dip into these salsa recipes!