A spicy take on a Bloody Mary, with tequila instead of vodka. The chile salt makes enough for about 6 cocktails. The recipe comes from Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef-owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Queen in Tucson.

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Credit: Alex Farnum

Recipe Summary

5 mins
Serves 1


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine salt and ground chiles on a small plate. Rub the rim of a chilled 12-oz. glass with lime wedge, then dip in salt mixture.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker three-quarters full with ice. Add lime juice, tequila, Bloody Mary mix, and hot sauce and shake until cold. Pour ice mixture into glass and garnish with whole chile. For a thinner cocktail, let it sit on ice about 5 minutes.

  • *Find arbol chiles at Latino markets. Grind about 2 minutes in a clean spice grinder.

Nutrition Facts

154 calories; calories from fat 2%; protein 1.1g; fat 0.4g; saturated fat 0.1g; carbohydrates 7g; fiber 1.8g; sodium 1022mg.