Food & Drink

The Best Spicy 'Ritas Along the Margarita Mile

This list is certain to heat up your taste buds.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Jan 15, 2019

We all know Dallas is brimming with unique margaritas, but nothing quite says Texas like a hint of jalapeño or serrano - even habanero if you dare. 

Meso Maya: Serrano Berry Margarita
A mixture of sweet and spicy, this local favorite features muddled strawberry, serrano pepper, tequila blanco and fresh squeezed lime juice. This is a good choice if you are not fully committed to all the heat and prefer just a little kick.

Pro Tip: Grab a seat in their courtyard patio and pair this with Chef Nico Sanchez's famous Cochinita Pibil, a Yucatan-style braised pork dish with tangy orange and achiote sauce served alongside their made-from-scratch white corn tortillas. will almost hear the waves crashing on the Yucatan Peninsula (or at least one can dream).

Wild Salsa: Wild-Rita

Do your plans bring you to Downtown Dallas? Be sure to swing by Wild Salsa to try one – or all – of their spicy margarita options. The Wild-Rita is a fan favorite featuring roasted pineapple, jalapeño infused tequila, hand pressed lime juice and agave nectar. Added bonus, the margarita is Instagram-ready with beautiful garnishments to top it all off.

Pro Tip: Take a seat in the bar area during their flexible happy hour everyday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to close to get deals on snacks like their Queso Blanco or Wild Nachos with beef barbacoa.

José: La Malinche

José offers a drink menu as hot as their La Malinche margarita. Featuring Tequila Blanco, muddled cucumber and serrano peppers, white pepper syrup and a squeeze of fresh lime, this cocktail offers a refreshing take on the spicy margarita.

Pro Tip: Looking for something to do on a Monday? Jose offers "Mexmixology Class" the last Monday of every month to learn from seasoned bartenders about the fresh flavors that make their unique cocktails – be sure to visit their website for more information and book reservations.

Mariano's Hacienda: Fire & Ice

As home of the Frozen Margarita Machine, Mariano's knows how to whip up a classic 'rita like no one, but if you're wanting to stray from the traditional, try the Fire & Ice Margarita. Fresh lime and jalapeño make for the perfect twist to spice up the night.

Pro Tip: Plan your trip on a Wednesday to snag half price margaritas. The flavors rotate, so be sure to check out their Instagram @marianoshacienda for all the weekly details!

Tipsy Alchemist: Roca Rita

This masterfully made margarita features Piña Loca Pineapple tequila, triple sec, jalapeño reduction, nitrogen cilantro, fresh lime juice and bitters. Watching the bartender whip up this off-menu special is almost as good as the drink itself.

Pro Tip: This swanky cocktail bar fuses science, art and technique to bring next level drinks and experiences to guests. Don't be surprised if your drink comes smoking or served in a repurposed light bulb!