I tried Cazuela’s Mucho Macho Burrito Challenge so you don’t have to.
I am fairly new to dietary challenges. The last challenge I tried was over five years ago. I was in a gift shop in Puerto Rico and they had their own spicy sauce and you could get a certificate that said “Master of Pain” if you finished a spoonful of it.
Considering I said a certificate on my wall at home, I was pretty confident in my ability to handle the heat of the food when I volunteered to try this burrito for the Chimes. I now realize how naïve I was.
I did some research beforehand on how to survive the challenges of spicy food, and one important aspect that came up was how important it is to try and build tolerance.
Without thinking too much about it, I just started putting sriracha in my sandwiches and found it sufficient.
I also planned to brush my teeth before the challenge as I have heard that the chemicals in toothpaste can block your taste buds.
Finally, I had planned to drink a Coke right before because I had read that Coke had a pH very close to stomach acid, so I thought it would help protect the lining of my stomach.
Even though I brushed my teeth right before leaving, it took me 20 minutes to get there and 10 minutes to find parking. So even though the toothpaste would have helped, the rest was washed away by the coke I drank.
With all of that out of the way, let’s go back to my experience in taking the challenge. First, the challenge guidelines were I had 20 minutes to finish the first bite taken and if I finished everything in 20 minutes I would get a free t-shirt and the burrito for free.
When the burrito arrived at my table it was huge. Definitely worth the $ 12 they charge (i.e. if you fail the challenge). It’s also covered in a very spicy sauce, so unless you want to coat your hands, you’ll want to eat it with a fork and knife.
I cut off the front, took a bite, and immediately faced a large amount of heat. Like I said, they start the time as soon as the plate hits the table, so you don’t really have time to chill the burrito in terms of temperature.
After swallowing the first bite I could tell it was going to get worse from there, so I tried going down as much as I could until my body begged me for water.
After a few bites, I realized I really had no idea what to expect. I felt like my mouth was screaming in pain as I chewed the chicken.
Swallowing didn’t really help either. He took the pain out of my mouth and placed it in my stomach, which made me start drinking copious amounts of water.
I got to the point where I had a bite to eat, drink, and drink a cup of water, which wasn’t the best way to finish the burrito in 20 minutes.
Around ten minutes, I ran to the bathroom. I had made it halfway through the burrito but it was starting to come up. It took me a few minutes to clear my stomach, but I felt much better afterwards.
By the time I was back at the table, I only had two minutes left, so I knew I wasn’t going to make it, so I typed. The free meal and the t-shirt were ripped off.
Even a few days later, I still feel the effects in my gut.
This article is a warning. Do not attempt this challenge unless you are very confident in your ability to handle the spices. I arrived super proud, but in the end it blew up in my face… literally.