Taste Test: Mad Mex Carolina Reaper Chili Sauce

This week, Mad Mex is selling a chili sauce that it warns is for "experts only". The fiery condiment is made from Carolina Reaper chillies which hold the Guinness World Record as the hottest chili pepper on the planet. But does it actually live up to its fearsome reputation? We unleashed it on our co-workers to find out.

Last week, Mad Mex sent us a batch of burritos slathered in Carolina Reaper Chili Sauce — a limited-edition sauce that can be added to any menu item. It follows the release of the Habanero/Salsa Picante sauce which packed in a "mere" 550,000 heat units. At a whopping 2.2 million heat units on the Scoville scale, this pepper definitely isn't for wimps.

The Carolina Reaper and I are old enemies. (You can read Lifehacker's previous encounter with this insanely hot pepper here.) Check out the above video to see how we fared.

For those who can't be bothered watching the video, the general consensus was "damn hot." While it won't blow the head off serious chili addicts, this stuff is pretty extreme for a mainstream fast food restaurant. It also has an accumulative effect so don't take multiple bites in quick succession like a few unfortunate co-workers did.

If you're keen to give this sauce a try, it will be available between 12th and 23rd of October. Bring your own milk! If you've already tried it, let us know what you think in the comments.


    "At a whopping 2.2 million heat units on the Scoville scale, this stuff definitely isn’t for wimps."

    The chili is rated at 2.2, there's no way the sauce would be any where near that, it would damage some people.

      Yes, it's distilled with vinegar and other ingredients. I was referring to the actual chili not the sauce. I've amended the sentence to make it clearer. Cheers!

    I love the habanero sauce from GYG. It's chilli but plenty of flavour and it's free.

    Hayley, you are the definition of class!!!

      Hmm... Not sure if sarcasm.

        Not at all. Class was probably not a good choice of word, but I meant it in the excellent, cool, awesome way, so take it. Love your work.

    Tried this. Taste like crap. Basically all it does is burn your lips and tongue to stage where pretty much you taste nothing and hence dont feel anything.

    Guzman Y Gomez much better sauce and more spicy!

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