"Santa Anna’s revenge” is a term (like “Montezuma’s revenge”) that was used in the 1960s for traveler’s diarrhea—especially after eating Mexican food. “Santa Anna’s revenge” is seldom used today, but it has been applied to a certain extra-hot brand of chili.
(Dictionary of American Regional English)
Santa Anna’s revenge n
[Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (c1794-1876) Mexican general and political figure, captured at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, by Sam Houston]
1967 DARE (Qu. BB19, Joking names for looseness of the bowels) Inf TX28, Santa Anna’s revenge.
1969 DARE FW Addit TX, Santa Anna’s revenge—jocular for loose bowels. Occasional.
University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
The First Annual GSB Chili Cook-Off
Vineeth Subramanyam, ‘07
Issue date: 5/11/06 Section: GSB News
It was a sunny day, but what caused the perspiration was the spicy chili. Entries like “Santa Anna’s Revenge!” and “Oppenheimer’s Chili” did more than just tickle those taste buds. The contest was simple: 14 participants were to cook up their meanest chili for $250 in prize money.
Hottest Chili: Eric Madry & Michael Latham’s “Santa Anna’s Revenge”
Best Overall: Eric Madry & Michael Latham’s “Santa Anna’s Revenge”
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