Sides

Cabbage Salsa

Cabbage Salsa

Salsa with crunch…

Do you like your salsa to have a little extra crunch? Then a cabbage salsa is perfect for you. It takes what’s so good about homemade coleslaw and combines it with the heat and tang of spicy salsas. This is a great option as a barbecue side, and it’s a terrific alternative to fries with a burger.

The heat comes from mainly from jalapeño peppers, with a small kick from pepperoncini peppers. The pepperoncini supply more of the mildly spicy tang that’s so good about this salsa.

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Jalapeno Coleslaw

Jalapeño Coleslaw

Crisp and spicy!

Whether as a spicy side or a burger topping, this jalapeño coleslaw brings it. It’s incredibly easy to make – just chop the ingredients and combine them all together in a bowl. Let the mix chill for a few hours to really get that crisp coleslaw flavor.

Want it spicier? Serrano peppers (about twice the heat) are a good jalapeño substitute, or you can opt for chopping the chilies without deseeding. Those seeds and the membrane contain much of a chili pepper’s heat. Lessen the heat by lessening the amount of chilies used.

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Jalapeno mac and cheese

Jalapeño Mac And Cheese

Turn your cheesy favorite into a spicy delight!

Who can resist mac and cheese? We sure can’t, especially when it’s transformed into something a whole heck of a lot spicier. Take for instance this spicy jalapeño mac and cheese recipe. It’s mouth-watering just reading it.

Want to turn it up a notch? We love swapping in serrano chilies to kick up the heat. Need it turned down? Try using a milder cheese than pepper jack. 

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Homemade Spicy Applesauce

Homemade Spicy Applesauce

A twist on the basic…

Want to make that apple sauce something a little more memorable? Then let’s take it to new spicy levels.

This is a simple homemade spicy applesauce recipe that takes less than an hour to make. With its cayenne and crushed red pepper, it’s a terrific side dish to a spicy pork chop or really any type of barbecue. Plus, it makes for a fun twist on a simple snack, and don’t forget it as a dessert option. Try it with some vanilla ice cream for a terrific after-dinner treat.

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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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