Lisa Erdt

Editorial Assistant at Kitchen Stories

Hot, hotter, hottest – there’s probably no other (and no better) pain that we subject ourselves to on purpose than eating spicy foods. Did you know each of us perceive spiciness in a different way? It’s true. While some may almost spit fire when tasting a single ring of chili, others can’t get enough of it. However, the addition of chilis, pepper, or other hot ingredients like horseradish, garlic, or ginger cause nothing more than a painful reaction. Don’t forget to have a look at our article that discusses the refreshing effects of spicy food.

At Kitchen Stories we love all creations and variations of spicy food, so we want to share our favorite recipes with you. Do you feel the sweat coming on yet?

Recipes with jalapeños

Sure, it’s fun to say their names, but jalapeños give an intense spiciness to dishes as well. Did you know they're only green when immature and turn red when ripe? Great in salsas or sliced up on top of soups and stews, they are especially popular in combination with cheese:

DIY tortilla chips with jalapeño-cheddar cheese dip

DIY tortilla chips with jalapeño-cheddar cheese dip

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Nachos are almost always available at the snack bar of your local cinema. Although those are delicious, our homemade version beats them by far. The fiery jalapeño-cheddar cheese dip is to die for. Surprise your friends and make this recipe in advance of your next movie night!

Jalapeño cheese crisps

Jalapeño cheese crisps

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Our jalapeño cheese chips are something true spice lovers will enjoy as they burn straight into the heart—in a good way. You only need two ingredients and a few simple touches. Do you dare?

Recipes with ginger, garlic, or horseradish

Maybe you wouldn’t have expected it at first glance, but even vegetables you usually have at home can offer a twist of spice to some dishes. Ginger, for example, contains gingerols and shogaols – pungent flavors that not only makes the popular tuber aromatic and tasty, but also responsible for many positive properties. To get more information about ginger, read our article. Do you fancy delicious ginger, horseradish, or garlic? Then have a look at our following recipes:

Chinese eggplant with spicy garlic sauce

Chinese eggplant with spicy garlic sauce

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Classic, practical, good. The spiciness of this dish is created by the addition of fresh ginger and garlic. Ready in only 20 minutes, it’s a perfect weeknight dinner.

Potato soup with horseradish

Potato soup with horseradish

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You want a warming soup with a touch of spice? Try the combination of potatoes, cauliflower, and horseradish—a satisfying variety of flavors for a hearty soup.

Spicy Korean chicken stew (Dakdoritang)

Spicy Korean chicken stew (Dakdoritang)

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You never can go wrong with this Korean chicken stew. Rich Korean chili paste and chili flakes provide the necessary excitement.

Spicy steamed pork and sticky rice

Spicy steamed pork and sticky rice

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Tender pork belly meets rice and vegetables coupled with star anise, cinnamon, and Chinese five-spice powder for an instant, spicy success!

Recipes with hot sauce

Just a small drop to happiness: It’s always worth having a bottle of Sriracha or Tabasco at home to spice up your dishes. The practical thing is that you can work your way up to the level of spiciness step by step, drop by drop. Try out these irresistible spicy recipes:

Sriracha lime-glazed salmon

Sriracha lime-glazed salmon

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Spice up your salmon fillets with a fresh lime and sweet honey glaze. A drop Sriracha sauce makes it a pure enjoyment.

Spicy mezcal margaritas

Spicy mezcal margaritas

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Nothing is more refreshing than sparkling lemon with a dash of Tabasco on ice. The spiciness of our mezcal margaritas is sure to turn your head!

5-ingredient spicy peanut soba noodles

5-ingredient spicy peanut soba noodles

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Can you imagine a better combination than peanuts with sriracha? We, at least, love these vegetarian peanut soba noodles. A satisfying comfort food for spice-lovers.

Recipes with chilis

Chilis are available in countless varieties and levels of pungency, which are measured in Scoville Units. The scale hits maximum at a whopping 16 million Scoville–but don’t worry, these recipes are scalable, add only as much heat as you can handle.

Spicy peanut zucchini noodles with shrimp

Spicy peanut zucchini noodles with shrimp

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The creamy peanut sauce of our zoodle dish not only meets fiery shrimp, but also our taste! As a light dinner, a small bowl can make a big difference on both, cold and hot days.

Spicy cheese-stuffed naan

Spicy cheese-stuffed naan

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We’re big fans of this Indian classic—especially when it’s filled with chili and melted cheddar cheese.

Spicy avocado fries

Spicy avocado fries

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Craving something both fancy and simple? Nothing is more fun than offering your guests a snack like these avocado wedges, which are easy to prepare but very unique.

Spicy chili-coconut hot chocolate

Spicy chili-coconut hot chocolate

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Chili coupled with chocolate has always been a popular combination. With this recipe, you can enjoy the classic in liquid form. Especially on cold days, the spiciness heats you up from inside.

Schuizu fish

Schuizu fish

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Within a very short time, you can conjure up this peppery fish dish and give yourself a real taste experience that will have your head sweating—in a good way.

Spicy chicken sandwich with avocado cream

Spicy chicken sandwich with avocado cream

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Sick of sad desk lunches? Don’t worry, we have just the right thing for you: juicy chicken, crispy lettuce, fresh vegetables, creamy cheese, and not to forget—half of a chili pepper for an epic spicy taste!

What are your favorite spicy recipes? Tell us in the comments!

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