Soups

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup

Spicy Pumpkin And Butternut Squash Soup

Two hearty favorites in one bowl…

Pumpkin and squash are two hearty favorites when the season’s turn – both bring an earthy, homey flavor to delicious spicy soups. And together, they make one heck of a feel-good meal. Spicy pumpkin and butternut squash soup is pretty much a meal unto itself. Pair it with a side of crusty bread and just enjoy the warmth this soup brings to your life.

The spiciness comes from crushed red pepper, so you can control the heat easily to your liking. Cumin is a secondary spice here giving the soup an earthy warmth that works so well with fiery foods.

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black bean mole soup

Black Bean Mole Soup

A sweet earthy take on this popular soup…

If you’re a fan of Mexican mole and its sweet earthiness, then you’re going to love the combo of mole and black beans. Black bean mole soup is bold – not particularly in heat, but certainly in spices. With its hint of chocolate, nutty undertone, and exotic spices, mole brings flair to black beans. It’s perfect as a hearty lunch or as an appetizer to Mexican meals.

As a topper, our chipotle lime crema gives a nice smoky tang that pairs well with the earthy sweetness of this soup. Ancho powder is part of the holy trinity of chilies that are typically used in mole. It’s earthy and sweet with very little spice. If you want something bolder in the spiciness department, try jumping to guajillo pepper (another holy trinity pepper). Or chipotle powder also works, and it’s a much more common find on spice racks. 

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ancho pumpkin soup

Ancho Pumpkin Soup

Lightly smoky and sweet…

Ancho pepper is mild – merely a tickle on the taste buds in terms of spiciness – but there’s plenty of flavor behind this Mexican chili. It’s smoky, earthy, and a little sweet – all of which are perfectly paired with the fall flavors in pumpkin. This is one soup the whole family can enjoy and those that like “spiced” pumpkin dishes will certainly feel at home with the touches of cinnamon and cumin to boot. As a twist on the recipe, consider using maple syrup instead of brown sugar. It doubles down on the sweetness of the soup.

If you’re a spicy food fan with a love for pumpkin soup, be sure to check out some of our other options, like Thai pumpkin soup or one with a Moroccan flair.

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curried potato soup

Curried Potato Soup

Curry warmth with extra oomph…

Curried potato soup is a simple enough recipe. Potato, leek, and garlic meet cream, stock, and spices. But sometimes simplicity belies the real flavor impact of a meal. It’s exotic, yet comforting. Plus, for us spicy food fans, it’s a tick beyond “warm” in the heat department with the extra oomph provided by cayenne pepper.

This is a soup highly dependent on its spices, so adjust the curry powder and cayenne to your liking. Serve this with a crusty loaf of bread and you have a very satisfying light meal.

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curried carrot soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Comfort food good with a hint of exotic flavor…

Carrot soup is always a go to when you need a little comfort food goodness. Sweet and earthy, it’s a soup that delivers on the most meh days. But how about amping that comfort up a notch? How about some comfort food with something to say? That’s curried carrot soup in a nutshell.

Thai red curry paste (see a homemade recipe here) is the heat source here, along with just a touch of crushed red pepper as a garnish. Together they bring the burn to the earthy sweet carrot soup comfort. And then there’s that touch of coconut – it’s a tropical exotic twist. This is a soup that’ll make you feel good and get you talking about how tasty it is.

Want a spicy carrot soup without the curry and coconut flavor? Check out this recipe.

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Spicy Avocado Soup

Spicy Avocado Soup

Smoky and smooth…

This is one of our favorite dishes to pair with taco night. This spicy avocado soup recipe is both smoky and smooth. The flavor pairs perfectly with spicy Mexican food of all types, acting as a quenching treat in-between spicy bites.

Though, there’s a bit of a kick here too. Smoked paprika provides some warmth (along with its smokiness), and the touch of cayenne pepper powder adds a bit more simmer (but you can certainly pull it from the recipe to temper the spiciness). We love the soup with a few dashes of Tabasco sauce, but feel free to play with extra avocado and sprinkles of any of the spices in the soup to give it some color along with a texture/flavor boost.

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spicy parsnip soup

Spicy Parsnip Soup

Earthy, hearty, and so much more…

In terms of flavor, parsnips are one heck of a root vegetable. They’re hearty, yes, and earthy too. But the underlying flavor is what makes them so delicious in soups. They have delicious cinnamon-like undertones, like the parsnip was spiced while growing in the earth. It’s why they make such a tasty cream soup – this has “feel good” written all over it.

Crushed red pepper provides some extra punch to this creamy parsnip soup, along with a little warmth from the curry powder as well. It’s not overwhelming – in fact the spices really complement the flavor of the parsnip perfectly.

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