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Jalapeno popper mashed potatoes

Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potatoes

A fun spicy twist on a side fave… Talk about a smile bringer. Fresh mashed potatoes are already hard to keep on the table, but when you spice things up popper-style, it’s going to be a mashed potato land grab … Read more

Spicy No-Sugar Baked Beans

Spicy No-Sugar Baked Beans

Bring on the smoke…

Brown sugar is a staple for many tasty baked bean recipes- it’s earthy and sweet, perfect for the rustic flavor of this popular BBQ side. But that extra sugar isn’t the best option for everyone. If you’re cutting the sugar from your life, here’s a no-sugar baked bean recipe that still provides plenty of flavor, including a nice level of heat.

Liquid stevia subs in for the sweetness while a little liquid smoke and chipotle powder bring the fire and an earthy smoke to the side. This is a slow cooker recipe, so plan ahead. You’ll need time to both soak the beans (8 hours) and slow cook the heck out of these ingredients (another 8) to get a nice smoky flavor through and through.

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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

Habanero mac and cheese

Habanero Mac And Cheese

Mac attack! This is a macaroni and cheese that is super times two. Super fiery and super creamy, habanero mac and cheese will certainly delight those more extreme eaters at your table. It’s bold bite comfort food at its best … Read more

chipotle cornbread

Chipotle Cornbread

A bold bread for BBQ…

Smoky and fiery, chipotle cornbread is one of those perfect spicy barbecue sides. Pair it with grilled steaks, ribs, or another hearty meat – particularly if they are a little spicy as well – and you have one bold meal in the making.

Feel free to experiment with the amount of chipotle powder and chili powder used. Adding more chipotle powder will increase the smokiness and (of course) the heat level. Adding more chili powder will provide a little more earthiness (due to the cumin and other spices in the mix) without a lot of added spiciness.

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jalapeno creamed corn

Jalapeño Creamed Corn

Smooth with a mild kick…

Creamed corn is always a deliciously smooth and slightly decadent side. Who doesn’t love a base of butter, cream cheese, and cheddar? It’s delish, especially when we introduce a little jalapeño pepper to the mix. A few jalapeños provide a tasty kick to creamed corn. It’s not an overwhelming heat here, more a slight sizzle that most everyone in the family can enjoy.

If you want more spiciness, try using serrano peppers instead, if your supermarket carries them. They have typically double the heat with a comparable bright, grassy flavor. They tend to be smaller in size, so you may need to adjust the amount you use in the recipe.

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Spicy Quinoa Salad

Spicy Quinoa Salad

A healthy, yet bold meal…

Healthy sure doesn’t need to be boring, and chili peppers are always a perfect way to liven things up in our book. Jalapeño pepper meet healthy quinoa and let the games begin. Either black or white quinoa can work here, but black quinoa we believe tastes the best in this recipe. It’s chewier texture and nutty flavor are perfect foils to the grassy and crisp bite of the jalapeño.

Serve this as a light meal or side salad. You can also dress it up with a protein to give it more substance. Chicken, shrimp, or steak all work.

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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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Spicy Potato Wedges

Spicy Potato Wedges

A hearty BBQ side… Big meats deserve a big side. And few are bigger than spicy potato wedges. These bold eats pack plenty of potato along with a cacophony of spicy spices. Chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika all play a … Read more

Smoky Chipotle Potato Salad

Smoky Chipotle Potato Salad

A simple spicy side… Looking for something simple and smoky to pair with your grilled meats? This smoky chipotle potato salad is a perfect match. It’s not thick on the sauce – instead, it lets the chipotle peppers and adobo … Read more