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Published: 02/24/2012
Jim Garcia 505-321-6530 El Pinto Foods/ El Pinto Restaurant

Watch the Hottest Salsa in the World be Made at El Pinto Restaurant with the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque is inviting media to watch the bottling of the 1.1 million Scoville unit Trinidad Scorpion Pepper in El Pinto’s exclusive and limited edition Scorpion Salsa. 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.

Chile is measured in Scoville heat units and while a jalapeño reaches 4,000 Scoville units, the Trinidad Scorpion consistently tested at 1.17 million units. 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.

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque New Mexico is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is known for serving iconic New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto started bottling their salsa ten years ago which is now distributed in grocery stores in all 50 states and is available online at The limited edition Scorpion Salsa will only be available online at or at the Fiery Food Show in Albuquerque New Mexico March 2-4 at Sandia Resort and Casino. The Fiery Food Show is the top “Hot Foods” spot in the industry and is the perfect place to heat it up with Scorpion Salsa made with the Trinidad Scorpion chile pepper.

Media is invited to watch El Pinto prepare and bottle this special batch of Scorpion Salsa Monday, February 27th at 11:00am. The address is 10500 Forth Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87114.
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