Appetizers

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Spicy Marinated Olives

Spicy marinated olives are a really great appetizer with drinks. They are also a grand addition to a host of other dishes. Why? The olives’ deep, often hidden, flavors are intensified by this marinade of chili, rosemary, thyme, garlic, vinegar, … Read more

Spicy Thai Tuna Gazpacho

Spicy Thai Tuna Gazpacho

If you’re looking for a gazpacho that’s a little outside the box, try giving this spicy Thai tuna gazpacho a shot. It’s spicy and fragrant, cool and exotic. Really, the flavor is simply addicting. In terms of spiciness, the two … Read more

Piri Piri Candied Bacon with Cheese

Piri Piri Candied Bacon With Cheese

Piri piri candied bacon with cheese will send your favorite meat and spice lovers crazy. This is one decadent dish: creamy, sweet, spicy, salty, rich, meaty, and smooth. I could keep going with adjectives to describe this recipe but the … Read more

Honey Sriracha Meatballs

Honey Sriracha Meatballs

Two opposites that just work… Sweet and heat are always a great pairing, but few ingredients match quite as well as honey and Sriracha. These two bold flavors are on the opposite side of the flavor spectrum yet they just … Read more

Gochujang Wings

Gochujang Wings

Savory and spicy…

Gochujang wings (also often called Korean chicken wings) are spicy just the way we like: earthy, pungent, and bold. It’s that umami flavor of authentic gochujang that makes these wings so special. It’s a specific savory taste with a “love it or hate it” following. But if you love authentic Korean or Asian cuisine, you’ll love these wings no doubt.

We add some additional heat here with the inclusion of crushed red pepper, but gochujang is chili pepper based, so feel free to cut those flakes from the recipe if “too spicy” is part of your vocabulary. Want to make your own gochujang? It’s an intense process, but we have a simplified recipe here. It’s not quite as savory as authentic gochujang, but it cuts days (yes days…) out of the cooking process.

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Spicy fried pickles

Spicy Fried Pickles

Southern fried bite… Whether as an appetizer or side, spicy fried pickles sure hit the Southern-fried spot. It’s a mix of tang, crunch, and cayenne that’ll tickle your taste buds. Pair these pickles with our spicy Sriracha ranch dressing, and you’ve … Read more

Korean Meatballs

Spicy Korean Meatballs

Fiery gochujang stars… Korean meatballs are full of exotic flavors – ginger and sesame oil provide a delicious Asian flair. But the true star of these meatballs is gochujang. This miso-based Korean chili paste provides both an earthy and pungent … Read more

spicy chana masala

Spicy Chana Masala

Chickpeas with attitude…

Cayenne pepper brings the sizzle to this chana masala recipe. This chickpea-based Indian favorite is delicious served simply with naan bread or try it atop rice or couscous to make more of a meal of it. It’s a perfect side dish for Indian meals, especially if you’re looking for something that’s not breaded and fried.

There’s an exotic mix of spices here beyond fiery cayenne and chili powder, including garam masala, amchoor powder (also known as mango powder), ginger, and turmeric. It’s a bold turn for chickpeas, so feel free to adjust the spice proportions of each to your liking.

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Honey Chipotle Wings

Honey Chipotle Wings

Honey on fire! What’s not to love about sweet smoky heat? The mix of sweet honey and smoky chipotle pepper makes these chicken wings a real favorite for game day and gatherings of all types. Honey chipotle wings are also … Read more

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Spicy Maple Chicken Wings

Deliciously sweet and earthy, with Sriracha kick… Sweet and heat are always a delicious pair. So the double whammy of flavor in these spicy maple chicken wings – maple syrup and Sriracha sauce – is a combo not to be … Read more