Spicy Recipes: The Heat is On

Set your mouth on fire with flavorful recipes containing chile peppers, cayenne pepper, chipotle flavor and more.

Chiles Rellenos With Cherry Tomato Salsa

Though milder ancho chiles are made even milder by being boiled in this recipe, the goat cheese-stuffed peppers regain heat from a jalapeño-laced salsa topping.

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Sriracha-Style Hot Sauce

Here's your new weekend project: make your own Sriracha. All you need is chile peppers, garlic, vinegar, salt, sugar and a little time. 

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Rachael's Chipotle Chicken Thighs With Chunky Guacamole

Infuse bone-in chicken thighs with the smoky, spicy flavor of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and enjoy a poultry dish that has some kick. The perfect accompaniment? Cool, creamy guacamole with diced chiles.

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Luke's Beef Tossed With Wild Betel Leaf and Lemongrass

Aromatic betel leaves and lemongrass add their distinct flavors to this recipe, which you might find being served by street carts in Saigon. Seed-in chopped chiles add fire when the beef is wok-fried, and this surprisingly simple dish is ready in just 15 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Beef Tossed with Wild Betel Leaf and Lemongrass: Bo Xao La Lot

Roger's Cucumber Lychee Salad

Though sweet, juicy lychees and watery cucumbers hardly evoke thoughts of throats on fire, a sprinkling of diced red Thai chiles gives this summery dish some serious heat.

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Kelsey's Sweet and Spicy Shredded Pork

Kelsey's signature dry rub — with cayenne pepper, salt, cumin and brown sugar — infuses fatty pork shoulder with sweet and spicy flavors. After just a few minutes of prep, this dish cooks within 4 to 6 hours in the oven.

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Red Pork Posole With Pickled Onions and Queso Fresco

This ritualistic Mexican stew gains heat and smoky flavor from ancho chile peppers and chile powder. But it's the pickled onion and pepper topping that will make you sweat.

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Jalapeño-Mango Salsa

Don't be fooled by this innocent-looking salsa, made with mango and pineapple chunks in lieu of standard tomatoes. A minced jalapeño pepper balances out all that sweetness with its raw heat.

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Panhandle Chili

The secret ingredient in this hamburger and turkey sausage-based chili is a bottle of stout beer, which gives the piping hot dish incredible depth of flavor. Thanks to a tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes, it's seriously spicy, too.

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Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada

Salsa de arbol, made with the bright red, potent chiles de arbol, gives these beef tacos so much kick, they need little more accompaniment than pickled jalapeños and some onions.

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Char Grilled Sapa Black Chicken in Galangal: Ga Den Nuong Rieng

Black chicken is beloved throughout Vietnam thanks to its substantial texture. In this recipe, a quick marinade of shallots, lemongrass, sesame seeds, chile powder, fish sauce, honey and galangal — a hot, ginger-peppery seasoning — renders the chicken dark, flavorful and super spicy.

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Latin Burgers With Caramelized Onion and Jalapeño Relish

What makes an all-American burger Latin fare? The addition of spicy chorizo and adobo seasoning to the beef patties, and an onion and jalapeño relish topping.

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Chuck's Flank Steak Salad with Jalapeño Poppers

The unusual combination of flank steak and jalapeño poppers is one of the most popular dishes at Chuck's restaurant in Montreal. Care for a little more heat? Sprinkle this salad with some hot sauce.

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Migas Tepitana

Served at the popular Dos Caminos restaurant, this classic Mexican breakfast is known as a hangover cure thanks to its ability to make you seriously sweat. The cause? One whole habanero chile — a pepper that earns a nine on the Scoville chile heat scale.

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Spicy Cajun Skewers with Spicy Buffalo Dipping Sauce

Cajun seasoning adds its characteristic spice to these shrimp, sausage, okra, potato and hush puppy skewers, a refreshing alternative to your typical grilling fare. The real heat's in the dipping hot sauce, which should be liberally applied.

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Bobby's Ranch-Style Eggs

Beat the morning heat with a hearty egg and spicy chorizo dish that's cooked in a variety of mild to medium chiles.

Get the Recipe: Ranch-Style Eggs with Chorizo and Tomato-Red Chile Sauce