It’s not just the summer days that are hot in Albuquerque. We love our spicy food, and there is plenty to choose from across the city. Find some of the spiciest foods to set your mouth on fire below.

National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show

National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show

Each March, the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show in Albuquerque is the place to be for spicy food. Get the chance to sample more than 1,000 different products from all over the world that are sure to burn your taste buds. Check out different cooking demonstrations that teach you to master spicy foods in the kitchen.

KuKri Chicken

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Located inside 505 Central Food Hall, KūKri Chicken has a variety of spice levels from mild to insane hot. Try the spicy chicken tenders for a kick on your chicken sandwich that features slaw, pickles and tikka sauce on a brioche bun.

Sadie’s Restaurant

Sadie's Food

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Sadie’s has been an Albuquerque classic for more than 60 years. Known for its delicious food, Sadie’s chile is some of the spiciest around. No matter what you choose for your entree, make sure it’s smothered in Sadie’s red or green chile. Enchiladas are a great option to really feature the chile. Don’t forget to buy a jar to take some home!

Nexus Brewery & Restaurant

Nexus Brewery's NM Hot Chicken on white bread with a side of french fries.

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Nexus Brewery & Restaurant knows soul food. Try the New Mexico hot chicken to warm your soul. It’s similar to Nashville hot chicken, cooked in hot oil and cayenne pepper. Nexus puts a New Mexico twist on it with red chile and habanero spices to bring the extra heat.

Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge

Stuffed sopapilla with green chile

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The red chile is not for the faint of heart at Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge. Serving up classic New Mexican food such as carne adovada and stuffed sopaipillas, Cervantes also offers its own spin on chicken fried steak smothered in chile and cheese. Those craving some spicy chile in another state can even order a “Chile Fix Kit,” which includes jars of red and green chile and hot jalapeno salsa.

Old Town Pizza Parlor

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Green chile on pizza is pretty typical Albuquerque fare, but Old Town Pizza Parlor takes it to a new level. The Ring of Fire pizza is just that – fiery. Hot Italian sausage, red chili pepper flakes, jalapeños, red chile oil and, of course, green chile are featured on this spicy specialty pizza.

O Ramen and Curry House

A bowl of tofu ramen topped with green onions

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O Ramen and Curry House offers spicy comfort food that is delicious and filling. The ramen dishes come in a steaming bowl topped with your favorite toppings and a choice of protein. Choose your spice level from mild all the way to extra spicy.