I often talk about my love for spicy foods, and let me tell you something: it’s never going to end. But whether spicy foods are making grown gamers cry or getting heaped in Sriracha, the undeniable fact is that spicy is the best.
Not only does spicy and hot food taste awesome, but it’s also super good for you. Garlic and ginger can fight off your cold or cure a sore throat, hot peppers can clear out your sinuses and get rid of congestion, and hot and spicy foods generally just fight sickness. Beef up your spicy food tolerance and try these recipes out next time your mouth’s feeling dry and uninspired.
1. Avocado Pepper Salsa
You will never be satisfied with plain guac again. Make yours here.
2. Sriracha & Egg Avocado Burrito
Breakfast on fleek. Make yours like this.
3. Classic Tomato Salsa
For anyone who’s a sucker for the classics. Make yours like this.
4. Chili Mac And Cheese
Spice up your life. Recipe here.
5. Spicy Oven-Crisped Chickpeas
A little crunchy, a little chewy, a little spicy and very tasty. Recipe here.
6. Gluten-Free Burrata Jalapeño Poppers
Because it’s fried cheese. Recipe here.
7. Spicy Pumpkin Soup
This takes pumpkin spice to a whole new level. Make yours here.
8. Guacamole Hummus
Leave the chile seeds in for an extra kick. Make yours like this.
9. Honey-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Who said Brussels sprouts can’t taste good? Try this sweet-and-spicy recipe and see how these vilified veggies could taste delicious. Find the recipe here.
10. Spanish Hot Chocolate
Spice up your sweet drink (just a lil). Red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper give this drink a nice, surprising little kick. Learn how to make it here.
11. Sweet Potato Chipotle Hummus
If the chickpeas in #3 don’t quite do it for you, try this recipe on for size. Nothing like a spin on a classic dip to keep things, well, spicy. Here’s the recipe.
12. Cheddar and Jalapeño Muffins
The only technical skill needed for this beautiful recipe is the ability to use a spoon. Make yours here.
13. Mango Salsa
Not your average salsa. Recipe here.
14. Honey Jalapeno Margaritas
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Make yours like this.
15. Fresh & Spicy Tomato Pasta
There’s no reason to be using the same boring jar of tomato sauce. Make your own like this.
16. Roasted Tomatillo & Serrano Salsa
Give the traditional stuff a lil twist. Recipe here.
17. Baked Sriracha Potato Chips
These put every store-bought chip to shame. Make your own like this.
18. Cajun Beer Bread
Bread is one of my passions. Throw in some spice, and I’m sold. Just add the cajun seasoning as you like it (read: three bucketfuls) and maybe fry up some wings. Check the recipe here.
19. Red Bull Chicken Wings
Few things in life are better than spicy chicken wings. Recipe here.
20. Acorn Squash
This sounds like squirrel food, but I promise it isn’t. It’s sweet, spicy, and tastier than squirrel food. Check out the recipe here.
21. Cumin Rice and Beans
Make sure your side dishes are as spicy as your main courses with this recipe. Or, just make enough that it’s a main course. Find out how to make it here.
22. Jalapeño and Lime Frozen Margarita
23. Thai Curry
This is made with Panang, aka “stepped up classic red curry” that is sweet, sour, and spicy. Making it is easier than you’d think.
24. Sriracha Burger
It just makes sense. Make them and eat them because you know you want them (and then invite me over and share). The recipe is here.
25. Sriracha Popcorn
Need something to snack on? After you make this popcorn, movie night will never be the same (not that you’ll be paying attention to the movie if you’ve got this popcorn). The recipe is here.
26. Egg & Sriracha Poached Egg Open Sandwich
All you need is 5 ingredients. Recipe here.
27. Bacon Jalapeño Cream Cheese Poppers
Anything stuffed inside a crescent roll instantly gets even more delicious. Recipe here.
28. Bacon Mac and Cheese Jalapeño Poppers
Ever feel like your appetizers aren’t crazy enough? Yeah, well, once you put bacon, mac and cheese, and jalapeños in one place, you won’t feel like that anymore. Find out how here.
29. Spicy and Cheesy Open Face Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Mmm, buffalo chicken with a spice. Make it with this recipe.
30. Tilapia Tacos
The chili powder gives these tacos a special extra kick. Check out the recipe here.
31. Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
These Trader Joe’s knockoffs are just as easy and just as delicious. No one will be able to tell the difference. Find the recipe here.
32. Homemade Sriracha
If you feel up to the challenge, try making Sriracha by yourself. Who knows? Maybe you’ll actually put them out of business. The recipe is here.
33. Cheesy Jalapeño Bread in a Rice Cooker
Genius way to use your rice cooker, right this way. Recipe here.