I realized something last night that I want to confirm here. My conclusion is that in all of Latin America (excluding the Caribbean), Mexico is the only country that has spicy food. And even the Latin countries in the Caribbean don't have a lot of spicy food though Jamaica/Trinidad definitely do.
Now, I realize you can find hot dishes everywhere. But, as a general principle of their cuisine, I don't think any other country embraces spice (in the heat sense). I was thinking about this from our pupusa thread when some posters mentioned spicy curtido/salsa. I was just in El Salvador a week ago and they definitely do not like spicy food, with very few exceptions. If it's spicy here, that would be an American/Mexican influence.
So, am I wrong? Is there a South American country that loves spicy food? I guess this revelation (for me) is particularly interesting from a historical perspective since all chili peppers originated from Central/South America.
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