Meals

Cajun meatloaf

Cajun Meatloaf

Cajun comfort food…

Looking for a comfort food recipe that has something to say in the spice department? Meet Cajun meatloaf. This Southern-inspired recipe is plenty filling with a delicious Cajun bite.

The oomph behind this meatloaf are three Southern staples: Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and Tabasco sauce. It’s not overkill in terms of spiciness here – most in the family can enjoy this dish even if they aren’t normally fans of spicy food. Really, Cajun cuisine is all about the flavorful spices, not just the spiciness. Though, if you prefer some extra heat, feel free to go heavy-handed on the cayenne. An extra half teaspoon (or more to your taste) brings some extra edge for those more die-hard spicy food fans. Or try adding a touch of cayenne to the honey ketchup that tops the meatloaf. 

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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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chipotle grilled cheese

Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Smoky and spicy…

If you like smoky heat, then get ready for your new fiery go-to in the grilled cheese department. Our chipotle grilled cheese is a simple recipe, but it delivers on the smoke via those fiery chipotle peppers. Feel free to increase the amount of chipotle (and adobo sauce) used to adjust the smokiness, heat, and general earthiness to your liking.

If this spicy grilled cheese hits the mark in the feel-good department, be sure to check out some of our other options like our jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich and this spicy grilled mac and cheese. For spicy food fans, these are definite favorites.

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spicy chicken burrito bowl

Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowl

A fun replacement for taco night…

Taco nights are fun not only because tacos are fun to eat, they’re also fun to put together to your exact likes. Want a meatier taco? One with extra salsa? The choices are all yours. That’s why we love the DIY plating of a spicy chicken burrito bowl. It’s as meaty, as saucy, or as spicy as you’d like to make it. And it’s plenty filling as a meal, even without any tortilla on the docket.

This spicy chicken burrito bowl recipe is a total “dealer’s choice” meal when it comes to overall spiciness. Jalapeño peppers are the primary heat source here, and they are diced and to the side. So friends and family that’d rather less spice in their chicken burrito bowl can opt to go without. There’s only a minor spiciness on the chicken due to the paprika. Think of it as more of a warmth than any discernible heat.

If tacos and burritos are your thing, check out some of our other options in our spicy recipe index. Our chipotle shredded beef tacos are smoky, fiery, and just plain delicious. Or, for something lighter our fiery fish tacos are an excellent alternative.

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spicy sloppy joes

Spicy Sloppy Joes

Your favorite messy meal with plenty of spice…

Get your sloppy game on with this traditional favorite gone plenty spicy. This spicy sloppy joes recipe features both jalapeño pepper and Tabasco sauce to kick the norm up a few notches. It’s a great memorable meal for spicy food fans on game day or family night.

For something a little different, try the sloppy joe ground beef with pasta instead of hamburger buns. We like it paired with penne pasta.

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Ranch style beans

Ranch Style Beans

Better than canned by a long shot…

Sure, you need some planning, but homemade ranch style beans are a world better than what you’ll pick up in a can. Most of the recipe is slow cooker time and the prep is mainly rehydrating your pinto beans and ancho peppers, so the effort needed for this recipe is actually very little. And you’ll love the output on the other side. A little sweet, a little smoky, and a whole lot of earthy goodness. There are so many spices here, from cumin and rosemary to a few dashes of liquid smoke.

Ranch style beans are a delicious barbecue side, but don’t ignore them as a hearty lunch in their own right. Layer it over rice for more of a meal. You can also add in various meats to add more heartiness. Both ground beef and ground sausage work.

If you like this hearty ranch style beans recipe, don’t miss some of our bean-based sides from our spicy recipe index. Homemade Texas caviar pairs black beans with plenty of Tex-Mex vegetable favorites (corn, avocado, and more!). Or check out this spicy cowboy beans recipe. It uses plenty of ham steak, salted pork, and jalapeño pepper to really amp up your barbecue side game.

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Papa a la Huancaina

Papa a la Huancaina

A popular Peruvian appetizer…

Who doesn’t love the idea of potatoes with a spicy cheese sauce? That’s simply what the popular Peruvian recipe papa a la Huancaina is: boiled potatoes topped with  a cheese sauce spiced up by the deliciously summery-sweet aji amarillo pepper. It’s made all the better by the addition of hardboiled eggs and black olives – very rustic in flavor.

Papa a la Huancaina is typically served as an appetizer, but it’s so heavy it can also work as meal in its own right. The recipe calls for Huancaina sauce (which you can find the recipe for here).

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