Meals

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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Spicy Grilled Cheese

Spicy Grilled Cheese

Fiery feel good…

The grilled cheese is the epitome of feel-good comfort food, and it’s also one of the most fun meals to riff on because it’s so easy to make. A little chopped jalapeño pepper, onion, and tomato go a long way to turning the basic into a true fiery feel-good experience.

If you want it even spicier (we say, “yes please”), try picking up some serrano peppers as a jalapeño substitute in the recipe. They provide a comparable  flavor profile with double the heat.

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Mexican Corn on the Cob

Mexican Corn On The Cob

A Mexican street food classic…

Looking for a way to enjoy corn on the cob beyond the traditional pat of butter, salt, and pepper? Let’s go Mexican street corn. Mexican corn on the cob (a.k.a. in Spanish elotes) is a favorite south of the border – charred corn lathered in chili mayo and topped with cojita cheese, cilantro, and smoked paprika. This is a no doubt “hands on” food – from the grilling, to the toppings, to the eating – making it a great choice for family cookouts and parties.

And don’t worry if you have no grill at hand. You can roast the corn in the oven and still have a great tasting treat. It won’t have that charred flavor that grilling can bring, but it’s still mighty flavorful.

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Bacon Jalapeño Mac And Cheese

Bacon Jalapeño Mac And Cheese

Creamy deliciousness with a little bite… Talk about a feel-good food. Bacon jalapeño mac and cheese delivers a mammoth amount of happiness to your mouth: creamy, meaty, and spicy. Fresh jalapeño peppers provide a nice bright bite that always pairs … Read more

Spicy Pulled Pork

Spicy Pulled Pork

A plateful of BBQ yum…

Now here’s one of the best reasons in the world for owning a slow cooker. Spicy pulled pork may be the perfect “throw it into the crock pot” BBQ meal. A cut of pork butt, a little beer and BBQ sauce, and a handful of common spice rack spices are all you need. Just start early in the day as you’ll need a good six hours all-in before you’re ready to enjoy this deliciousness.

We call for cayenne pepper powder in the recipe, but depending on the BBQ sauce you choose, use your best judgement. If you use a sweet BBQ sauce with no heat (like the traditional Sweet Baby Ray’s), cayenne provides a nice pop to get this recipe to a proper heat to label it “spicy”. If you choose an already spicy BBQ sauce, cayenne may be too much heat to pair with it. If that’s the case, you can opt for a mild paprika to provide a little extra simmer without the sweat. 

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Spicy Mongolian Beef

Spicy Mongolian Beef

Meaty and crisp, salty and sweet… There’s a special place in our hearts for spicy Mongolian beef. It’s all the delicious combos you find in this simple meal that make it so great: meaty and crisp, salty and spicy, warm and … Read more

Spicy Chicken Strips

Spicy Chicken Strips

Chicken tender double BAM! You’re going to love these spicy chicken strips. It’s not only the breading that has kick, it’s also the meat. The chicken tenders are marinated in buttermilk and Tabasco hot sauce. Then, things get extra spicy with … Read more

Indian Mutton Curry

Indian Mutton Curry

A bold, hearty curry…

Not everyone has a taste for mutton, but when done right it can be a big, bold flavor. For those that don’t know, mutton is simply sheep over a year old. Lamb (sheep less than 1 year old) and mutton are equivalent to veal and beef in terms of age. Mutton is a strong flavor (lamb is much more delicate), and it can get dry when cooked poorly. But cooked smartly, it can be delicious. For instance in curry with bold savory spices, mutton’s big flavor fits perfectly.

The spiciness in this Indian mutton curry comes red chili powder and black pepper. Ginger, too, gives it some extra kick. Thai pepper works well here for the red chili powder. But if you don’t have it at hand, cayenne pepper powder works too. 

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