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 part, along with many other spice rack staples to bring a ton of flavor to the table.

Play around with the fieriness in this recipe, too. You could opt for chipotle pepper instead of cayenne for a smokier alternative (great for smoky barbecue meals). Or pull back on the paprika and add more cayenne for an even spicier fry.

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chipotle sweet potato fries

Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet fries with a touch of fiery smokiness…

For those that love sweet potato fries, it’s a ton of fun to pair them with fiery flavors. The sweetness here is one of those perfect foils for spicy spices And then there’s that smokiness of chipotle pepper. It’s so many flavors in one – sweet, smoky, and spicy together is a real mouth explosion – and yet they are really simple to make.

Chipotle sweet potato fries are a delicious match for burgers or steaks. If you prefer a sweet fry without the smokiness, take a look at our spicy sweet potato fries recipe that uses cayenne pepper and chili powder instead.

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