17 Spicy Recipes to Melt Your Taste Buds Off (in a Good Way) (2024)

If we made a list of things we’re generally into, it would read something like this: DIY projects, tech gadgets, spicy food, regular food. End of list. In that spirit, we’ve curated a chili-centric recipe roundup that will satisfy your appetite and ruin your stomach lining in a single fiery bite. This post is gonna get real hot — and blowing on it’s not gonna help.

1. Harissa: Harissa is an unsung hero of condiments. It’s North African in origin, and its slow, deep burn is perfect for topping just about anything. This recipe calls for liberal ancho and guajillo chiles with plenty of fresh herbs and spices and a splash of champagne vinegar. (via Relishing It)

2. Dark Chocolate and Chili Mousse: A creamy, chilled chocolate mousse with a kick? Someone put this in front of our faces right now. (via Gastro Nomadic)

3. Spicy Beer Candied Bacon: Some say the bacon train has left the station, but it’s the trendy food we just don’t want to go away… because it’s bacon. This version is candied with brown sugar, dark beer and Frank’s hot sauce. Just imagine it on top of a pepper-infused Bloody Mary. GUH. (via Bite By Michelle)

4. Goan Shrimp Vindaloo: One curry to rule them all, the vindaloo-style hails from Goa and is affectionately known as the hottest curry out there. There’s naan like it. (via Worthy Pause)

5. Steak Sandwich with Spicy Horseradish Mayo: A sandwich that’ll do more than just temper your rumbling tummy. This horseradish sauce will go straight to the sinuses. (via Fine Cooking)

6. West African Peanut Soup: We’re continuing the global tour with this vegan soup that’s both peanutty and picante. It’ll be simmered and on the table in less than an hour. (via Cookie and Katie)

7. Poblano Corn Chowder: Soup’s on again! Crumble some queso fresco on top and prepare for a creamy, roasty delight with a bit of wholesome heat from the poblano peppers. (via Brittany Powell)

8. Mango Pickle: Indian pickles combine savory masalas with all the things we know and love about regular pickles, making them anything but regular. This turmeric-fennel-and-mustard-seed-laced mango pickle is best eaten at a time when there is no chance of you making out with another human being for at least 24 hours. (via Frugal Feeding)

9. Homemade Ghost Chile Hot Sauce: No joke, this is the hottest chile there ever was. Gloves are required before you mess around with a ghost chile… and a face mask… and a stomach lined with lead. (via Jeanette’s Healthy Living)

10. Kimchi Fried Rice: If you haven’t tried kimchi yet, get on that immediately. This pungent spicy ‘kraut-like relish is packed with probiotics and it tastes friggin’ incredible. This most excellent hot date with a Korean plate can be thrown together in just a few minutes with leftover rice and a fried egg. (via Food52)

11. Habanero Ginger Jelly: Slather this stuff inside your next sharp cheddar grilled cheese sandwich. YOU’RE WELCOME. (via Simply So Good)

12. Thai Coconut Curry Hummus: If you’re the friend that always brings a tub of hummus to every dinner party like a jerk, at least put some effort into it next time. Serve this spicy dip with cool cucumber sticks to balance out the South Asian curry. (via FitSugar)

13. Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo: Runny eggs, fiery chorizo and a few extra shakes of hot sauce mean one badass start to the day. (via Serious Eats)

14. Baked Jalapeño Poppers: Sometimes, jalapeño poppers aren’t quite as spicy as they sound. Heat ’em up by adding the aforementioned habanero jelly to the filling. (via Recipe Girl)

15. Homemade Giardiniera: Hoagies, subs, big sandwiches… whatever you wanna call them, they deserve a tangy hot pickle inside them. (via Live Love Pasta)

16. Chile Lime Peanuts: Zestfully limey with a zing of arbol chiles, these are like bar peanuts, except you actually eat them because they taste good — not just because they are sitting within arm’s reach next to your Zima. (via Chow)

17. Sriracha and Wasabi Deviled Eggs: Need an impressive appetizer to warm up your next party? Just add sake, wasabi and Sriracha to an American classic. These eggs are hellishly hot. (via Food and Wine)

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Annie D'Souza

Annie is the founding father and editor-in-chief of The Midwestival and a long-time jean-on-jean enthusiast.

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