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Torchy's Tacos unveils spicy "Some Like It Hot" taco specials, eating contest for August

Johanna Gretschel
The Scalding Pig taco is one of four new "Some Like It Hot" tacos available at Torchy's Tacos during the month of August. Photo courtesy of Torchy's Tacos.

This month, Torchy's Tacos is celebrating the dog days of summer with a "Some Like It Hot" campaign featuring four new taco specials, a new signature cocktail and—coming soon to a city near you!—a spicy taco eating contest.

As the temperatures get hotter, so do the tacos. Throughout each week of August, a new, spicier taco will be available for purchase. Check out the lineup below, from mildest to hottest, with brief descriptions courtesy of Torchy's.

  • Bottle Rocket Shrimp (8/1-8/31): Habanero battered fried shrimp, cabbage slaw, cotija cheese, candied jalapeños, cilantro and Diablo Mayo on a flour tortilla.
  • Barnburner (8/12-8/31): Marinated and grilled beef, chopped bacon, Manzano chile salad, Texas artisan goat cheese, cilantro, Avocado Sauce and Diablo Sauce on a flour tortilla.
  • The Creeper (8/19-8/31): Habanero battered fried chicken, chorizo, chopped bacon, Brushfire jalapeños, cotija cheese, pickled onions, cilantro and Creamy Ghost Pepper Sauce on a flour tortilla.
  • Scalding Pig (8/26-8/31): Pasilla and Ghost Pepper stewed pork, jack cheese, escabeche carrots, chicharrón, sour cream, cilantro and Torchy’s own XXX Hot Sauce on a flour tortilla.

Torchy's is also introducing a signature cocktail, The Ranch Party, to complement the new extra-spicy tacos. Despite its name, the drink is not a ranch dressing-topped Bloody Mary, but a mix of Playa Real pineapple tequila, sweet and sour, Topo Chico, Tajin salt and lime.

If you think you have an unbeatable tolerance for spicy flavors, save the date for Torchy's Some Like It Hot taco eating contest. The event will be held in Austin at the Mueller location (1801 East 1st St.) on Monday, Aug. 19. You can sign up beginning Aug. 6 on their Facebook page.