Spicy Recipes

Cayenne Pepper Tea

Cayenne Pepper Tea with Ginger

Boost your energy. Loosen up congestion.

Looking for a tea that’ll turn your body up a notch? Cayenne pepper tea does just that. It’s very popular as a coffee alternative as the chili pepper helps boost your metabolism. You just feel more energized, all without the caffeine.

Plus the tea is often used to help temporarily loosen up congestion due to colds and allergies. It’s all due to the capsaicin in the cayenne which has a lot of health benefits.

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Spicy Hot Chocolate

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Hotter than hot!

It’s super easy to turn a traditional hot chocolate into something spicier. All it takes is a pinch of cayenne pepper to make things hotter than hot! See for yourself through this simple spicy hot chocolate recipe. It takes no time at all to pull together.

If cayenne pepper is too hot, try the chili powder in your spice rack instead. It’s typically less spicy than pure cayenne, but you’ll still give a nice little kick to that cocoa.

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Spicy Guacamole

Spicy Guacamole Recipe

The spicy dip staple

Guacamole is tasty as is, but for us spicy food lovers ANYTHING tastes better with a little more heat. So why not spice up that guacamole with a little serrano pepper?

If serrano chilies are a little too hot, you can move down the pepper scale just a touch and use jalapeño peppers instead. Except for the difference in heat (serranos can be up to nine times hotter), the flavor and texture are very similar.

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Spicy Italian Seasoning

Spicy Italian Seasoning

Turn the traditional into something hot.

Traditional Italian seasoning is one of the most popular spice mixes around. There’s good reason for that, it’s a tasty mix that uses some of the most popular herbs from the spice rack. But how about making it a little spicier? You can do that easily. This spicy Italian seasoning recipe adds a bit of flavor pop (via crushed red pepper) to the traditional recipe. Try mixing it in a marinara sauce for your next pasta, or sprinkle some on your next Italian hoagie. 

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ready to make your own taco seasoning?

It’s one of the simpler recipes out there, and all it takes is spices that are likely already in your spice cabinet.

We also love homemade taco seasonings because they are fun to make with the kids. It’s a cool way to make taco night more hands on. The kids will get to see what exactly make that ground beef as tasty as it is. This recipe makes a similar amount to your typical store-bought taco seasoning packet. If you’re concerned about overall spiciness, you can control that by decreasing the black pepper and chili powder in the mix.

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Spicy Tequila Sunrise

Spicy Tequila Sunrise

Wake up those taste buds!

Here’s a tasty twist on the traditional tequila sunrise. The pop of jalapeño pepper will certainly perk you right up. Keep the seeds in when muddling the hot pepper slice for a little additional heat.

Looking for something even spicier? Upgrade that chili to serrano pepper. It comes in double or more the heat of the jalapeño, with a very comparable taste. Now that’ll wake you up!

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Jalapeno Lemonade

Jalapeño Lemonade

Tart, sweet, and spicy.

This lemonade recipe refreshes in more ways than one. The mild to medium heat from the jalapeño hits the spot with the fresh tang from the lemons. It’s a terrific summer-time refresher, perfect for parties or just a relaxing afternoon.

And yes, we know what you’re thinking, it’s also a great mixer with vodka. This is the kind of recipe that everyone in the family can enjoy. 

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Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos With Sweet Salsa

Mixing spicy and sweet is always a favorite combo of ours. Take these slow cooker pulled pork tacos. The pork gets some serious smoky heat through a healthy portion of chipotle peppers with adobo sauce. And the salsa made with cherries and peaches just complements it perfectly. It’s the type of meal that everyone will be looking forward to all day long.

Do you want it milder or spicier? You can easily control the heat by changing the amount of chipotle peppers used when cooking the pork or the amount  of jalapeño pepper in the salsa. 

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