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Burn a Hole Hot Salsa Contest at Hussong’s

Original Las Vegas  Hot Sauce
Hussong’s Cantina
at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place had a solution for those who didn’t have a great Valentine’s Day with the Burn a Hole in My Heart hot salsa contest held Tuesday night (Photo credit: Bryan Steffy)

Hussong’s own Executive Chef Noe Alcala went up again local chefs Tino Guzman and Michael Vargas to see who could create the hottest salsa.

Noe Alcala, Tino Guzman and Michael Vargas at Hussong's Cantina
Noe Alcala, Tino Guzman and Michael Vargas at Hussong's Cantina

Photo credit: Bryan Steffy.

The contest started off with the chefs and judges taking a shot of Patron Silver tequila and then the chefs went to work, creating their masterpiece from more than twenty available ingredients. The judges, including journalist E.C. Gladstone, Jay McCarthy from The Original Las Vegas Hot Sauce Company, Christian Struck and Rachel Seib from the soon to open Ri Ra Irish Pub and loyal Hussong’s customer Cortney Salazar, donned blindfolds as they set about tasting the entries. Pitchers of Hussong’s Original Margaritas were downed to help cool the heat and the judges marked down the scores and notes.

Noe Alcala, Tino Guzman and Michael Vargas at Hussong's Cantina
Noe Alcala, Tino Guzman and Michael Vargas at Hussong's Cantina

Photo credit: Bryan Steffy.

The judges shared that each salsa had unique tastes and varying degrees of hotness, but ultimately when the blind tasting scores were added up the winner was revealed to be Hussong’s Chef Noe, who added significant amounts of the spicy habanero chili peppers to bring the heat.

Chef Noe received his award, a gold fire hydrant, and everyone had another shot of tequila to celebrate.

Judging the hot salsa contest at Hussong's Cantina
Judging the hot salsa contest at Hussong's Cantina

Photo credit: Bryan Steffy.

Christian Struck, Jay McCarthy, Noe Alcala, EC Gladstone, Rachel Seib and Cortney Salazar at Hussong's Cantina
Christian Struck, Jay McCarthy, Noe Alcala, EC Gladstone, Rachel Seib and Cortney Salazar at Hussong's Cantina

Photo credit: Bryan Steffy.