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Favorite Hot and Spicy Dishes According to Local Experts

Celebrate International Hot & Spicy Food Day by checking out some of Denver’s best spicy dishes!

Along with honoring Dr. Martin Luther King today, the world is celebrating International Hot & Spicy Food Day. An experienced palate can discern influences based on the inclusion and preparation of spices. Countries and cities claim their identifying flavors like jerk, chilis, and Nashville hot. There is a record from as late as 460 B.C. on the utilization of spice for medicine, trading, and seasoning, which has allowed for the universal variety of dishes that we enjoy today. We asked some Tastemakers what their favorite local dishes are when they are craving a flavor-kicking meal. Take note if your palate enjoys a zing when dining out. 

Cafe Brazil

4408 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80211

Cazuela Colombiana          

A rich marriage of large prawns and chicken breast simmered in a spicy, herbed tomato broth, hints of coconut milk, grilled onions, Gorgonzola cheese, and cayenne pepper. Served stew style over rice, garnished with green onions, cucumbers, and Italian parsley.

Multi-dimensional flavors!

Christine Parisi

Sushi Sasa

2401 15th St #80, Denver, CO 80202

Diablo Roll

Sasa original spicy tuna inside, seared tuna on top, with spicy ponzu. 

Best sushi in Denver, with most experienced chefs and fresh products brought in daily from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. Diablo Roll add Macho sauce & jalapeños. “

Elan Wenzel

U.S. Thai

5228 W 25th Ave, Edgewater, CO 80214

NO2 – Drunken Noodles (Pad Khimao)

Egg, bean sprouts, sugar peas, tomato, Thai basil, and thin, wide rice noodles.

Best drunken noodles in Denver and so spicy.

Natascha Hess

El Taco de Mexico

714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204

Lengua/Tongue Taco 

Taco served with Salsa, Onions & Cilantro

I love Taco de Mexico’s lengua tacos with their salsa. I’m addicted to that salsa!!

Elise Wiggins

Kickin’ Wings

4990 Kipling St #15, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Levels of Hot

Hot Sauce, X Hot Sauce, XX Hot Sauce, XXX Hot Sauce

The Hot Wings from Kickin’ Wings.

Christina Richardson

Mister Oso

3163 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Crispy Shrimp 

Coconut shrimp, bear hot spice, coconut and black lime slaw, sesame, serranos, salsa verde

 It’s spicy and really good.

Jeff Suskin

The Spice Room

3157 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

Sweet Potato Masala – Spicy Hot

Simmered in a creamy tomato; butter sauce flavored with dry fenugreek leaves. One of our most popular dishes. It pairs well with Pinot Grigio or IPA Beer. It is gluten-free. (Dairy Free Upon Request)

Vegetarian Heat

Tony Zarlenga

Pizzeria Lui

5380 W Mississippi Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

The Original

Ezzo Pepperoni Cups, Mozz, Smoked Mozz, Jalapeno, Wild Oregano

The OG.

Cindhura Reddy

Asian Spice

7444 W Chatfield Ave Ste G, Littleton, CO 80128

Szechuan Chicken – Spicy | Very Spicy

Chicken stir fried with bell peppers, celery, onion, green onion in spicy szechuan sauce.

Szechuan Beef!

Mario Vega


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