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Albuquerque restaurant bottling the world’s hottest salsa

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque now is making the hottest salsa in the world, reported the Albuquerque Journal.

The salsa is called Scorpion Salsa.

The newspaper reported:

The Trinidad Scorpion pepper was certified by the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University as one of the top three hottest peppers in the world. El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque will use great caution in producing this product and the limited edition Scorpion Salsa will be available for serious “chileheads’ at next week’s Fiery Food Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. […]

El Pinto will use less than one pound of these precious peppers and dilute the recipe to make 100 gallons of salsa. El Pinto food engineers and chile experts from Las Cruces, New Mexico have formulated a recipe that will come in at 12,000 Scoville units. That will make the El Pinto Scorpion Salsa the hottest salsa in the world.

To give you perspective, Tabasco sauce tops out at 8,000 Scoville units, maximum.

Don’t look for it at your local store. Only a very small batch of Scorpion Salsa was made, and it’ll be available only at the Fiery Foods Show.