Austin Restaurants

10 Best Spicy Dishes in Austin

February 28, 2016


These are 10 of my favorite spicy dishes in Austin. These aren't the spiciest dishes in Austin, but the best dishes with a kick. I've added a spice scale out of 5. One star is easy peesy and it goes up from there. What are some of your favorite spicy dishes in Austin?


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Devil from Burn Restaurant

Burn is an awesome east side pizza joint with lots of good stuff on the menu (the Fried Artichoke appetizers is the bees knees), but if you want your pizza to bite back a bit get the Devil pizza with marinara, spicy salami, cappicola, and mozzarella. These pizzas are thin and crispy so if you are splitting between two I’d recommend the 13″.
Protip: Get there for the daily happy hour from 4p-7p to get 25% off pizzas and discounts on drinks.

Spice Level: ***

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Sunday: 11am-11pm
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm-11pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am-12pm
Location: 1802 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702


Doña Salsa from Tacodeli

I know, this isn’t really a dish, but the Doña salsa from Tacodeli is a revelation. It’s this green, creamy, spicy goodness that goes well with any taco, breakfast or lunch. Some of my favorite combos are bacon, egg, cheese, potato and the sirloin, egg and cheese. I use just about one serving of Doña per taco and it not only adds a good spice, but also enhances the flavor of the taco immensely.
ProTip: Mix in the Doña salsa with any queso and enjoy with some chips. You can thank me later.

Spice Level: ***

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Monday-Friday: 7am-3pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am-3pm
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Spicy Chicken from Koriente 

Koriente is located on East 7th street which is steps away from dirty 6th. So after you’ve had a ton of beer this place is a healthy option that will recharge you (so you can drink more beer and eat more food). The Spicy Chicken has bite sized cuts of tender chicken in a delicious spicy marinade served with rice and steamed broccoli and carrots.

Spice Level: *

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Sunday-Friday: 11am-9:30pm
Saturday: 1pm-9:30pm
Location: 621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701


Chupacabra Burger from The Jackalope

The Jackalope is known for their awesome burgers; most notably the Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger which is definitely a must-have, but if you’re looking for some kick definitely get the Chupacabra Burger with barbacoa de chivo, salsa verde, jack cheese, jalapenos, pickles, and ghost chili aioli.

Spice Level: **

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Hours: 11am-2am, 7 days a week
Location: 404 East 6th, Austin, TX 78701


Ol’Skool with the Spicy Bomb from Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Ramen is the ultimate comfort food and Ramen Tatsu-Ya serves it up right. You can get all kinds of good ramen here and spice it up to your liking. My go to is the Ol’Skool with chicken shoyu broth, chashu, ajitama, menma, scallion,white onion, nori, and pepper with the spicy bomb.

Spice Level: **

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Hours: 11am-10pm, 7 days a week
Location: 1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704


Enchiladas Verdes con Camarones from Takoba

This 2-year old interior mexican restaurant is legit and serving up some spicy awesomeness. Some of my favorites include the Enchiladas Verdes con Camarones which includes shrimp, queso cotija, salsa tomatillo, onions and the Al Pastor tacos which includes slow-cooked pineapple-marinated pork, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, escabeche, queso fresco, and guacamole.
Protip: Get the Queso Fundido with oaxaca & monterey jack cheeses, roasted poblano, chorizo with warm flour tortillas – you won’t be disappointed.

Spice Level: **

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Saturday: 10am–11pm
Sunday: 10am–10pm
Monday-Thursday: 11am–10pm
Friday: 11am–11pm
Location: 1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702


Manganero Wings from Pluckers

Pluckers does things right when it comes to wings and offers some pretty spicy options. If you’re looking for some real spice go for the Buffalo Hot Wings, but if you like a little spicy/sweet action go for the Manganero aka Mango + Habanero = yum.
Protip: To cool off order the Fried Oreo dessert with ice cream.

Spice Level of Manganero: **
Spice Level of Buffalo Hot: ****

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Sunday-Thursday: 11am–2am
Friday & Saturday: 11am-3am
Location: 2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705


Bucatini-all'Amatriciana smPhoto by Vanessa Escobedo Barba

Bucatini all’Amatriciana from Italic

“Bucato” or pierced noodle is served with 7-day cured pork belly, ground prosciutto, soppressata, tomatoes, onions, garlic and red chili flakes. It has an awesome kick on it’s own, but I asked the waiter for extra red chili flakes to bring it up a notch.

Spice Level: *

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Monday-Thursday: 11am – 10:30pm
Friday: 11am – 11pm
Saturday: 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 10:30pm
Location: 123 West 6th Street Austin, TX 78702


Jungle Curry from Sway

Sway is a gorgeous restaurant in South Austin with some bomb-diggity Thai food. There are a lot of dishes to choose from, but the spiciest is the Jungle Curry with texas wagyu beef, red chili, baby corn, eggplant, peppercorn,  and coconut cream. Another good one is the Tiger Cry with char-grilled hanger steak, red chili nahm jim, thai basil, fresno chile, toasted rice, and nahm prik pao.
Protip: The dessert menu here is legit – check it out before you head home.

Spice Level: ****

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Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday :11am – 11pm
Location: 1417 South 1st Street Austin, Texas 78704


Waterfall Pork from Thai Kun @ Whisler’s

It’s no secret that this nationally ranked food truck is bringing it in East Austin. Everything on this menu is on point. If you’re ready for something that will bite back, order the Waterfall Pork and make sure to have a Moscow Mule nearby to cool off.

Spice Level: ****

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Hours: 4pm-1:45am, 7 days a week
Location: 1816 E 6th ST Austin, TX 78702