Simple Jalapeño Dip Recipe

Here’s an easy to make jalapeño dip recipe that still delivers in taste.

The jalapeño peppers provide a nice mild to medium heat – just enough oomph to make the dip special, but not enough to scare off those who prefer milder fair.

If you want to increase the heat, you can opt for serrano peppers instead of the jalapeños. This will kick it up to twice the spice, easily, while providing a similar taste to the dip overall.

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Jalapeno Mint Smoothie

Jalapeño Mint Smoothie

It’s not only sweet and spicy that works…

Minty and spicy works very well too! For instance, this jalapeño mint smoothie recipe is sure to bring a smile post-workout or as a healthy dessert option. Hot peppers are known for their hunger-curbing properties (it’s all about that capsaicin), and mint promotes healthy digestion which helps your body burn fat instead of storing it. Obviously, this is an excellent smoothie for those on weight-loss diets, and it really cleanses the palate post-meal. 

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Simple Guacamole Recipe

Simple Guacamole Recipe

Here’s a very simple guacamole recipe that’ll have you out of the kitchen and eating some tasty “chips and guac” in fifteen minutes flat. There are multiple heat sources in this recipe. The jalapeño peppers provide the lion’s share of the spice, but you also get a little kick from the dashes of black pepper and cayenne.

You can eat it right away, but guacamole always tastes best after a little time in the refrigerator. It solidifies the dip and allows the flavors to settle together. An hour in the fridge is well worth it if you’ve got the time. 

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spicy watermelon salad

Spicy Watermelon Salad

What’s more refreshing than watermelon? Very little in our book. Add in jalapeño and you’ve got a summer-time salad worth noting! This is one of those salads that’s perfect as an appetizer, as a light lunch, or even as a dessert. It crosses mealtime boundaries.

For less spice, prepare it right before serving. For more, let the salad sit for four to six hours prior to serving The watermelon will take-in the spiciness from the jalapeños. Or you could opt to step it up to a serrano pepper for additional heat.

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orange pineapple salsa

Orange Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This orange pineapple salsa recipe is so simple, and yet so very tasty. It’s really a fruit salad, with thick pieces of coarsely chopped fruit, making it an excellent side for fish dishes or perfect as a palate-cleansing dessert.

The heat comes from a single jalapeño, and you can control the pungency by simply using less. If you’ve got a table full of sensitive taste buds, half a jalapeño may be just enough. Or, of course, you can always opt to double-down and add an extra jalapeño (or bump it up to serranos), but that’s just us. 

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easy pico de gallo recipe

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

Here’s an easy pico de gallo recipe that takes no time at all to make –  from prep to table in under 20 minutes.  That’s a lot of flavor in a little time. We love this salsa fresca as a spicy side (a great alternative to a plain Jane salad), and it’s also super tasty on top of tacos, burritos, and other Mexican dishes.

If you want the full spicy flavor to set in, let it refrigerate for a few hours prior to serving. And don’t be afraid to bump up from a jalapeño to a serrano pepper if you want a pico de gallo with a bigger heat.

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Spicy black bean mushroom chili

Spicy Black Bean Mushroom Chili

Looking for a vegetarian chili substitute to all the meat chilies out there? Spicy black bean mushroom chili is one of our all-time slow cooker favorites. The mushrooms are a perfect meat alternative, giving the chili just enough thickness. Plus, they soak in those spices making every bite totally flavorful.

The heat in this dish comes from chili powder and chipotle in adobo sauce. You can adjust those two ingredients to make a milder or hotter experience. It tastes great right away, but for optimal heat, let the chili cool at room temperature and then rest overnight in the refrigerator. It’ll thicken and the spices really come alive the next day.

Looking for a meat-based spicy chili? Take a look at our sweet and spicy chili recipe. Brown sugar and piquillo peppers star.

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mango avocado salad

Spicy Mango Avocado Salad

Here’s a light summer salad with a zesty kick! This spicy mango avocado salad gets its heat from habanero pepper. To add a little extra fruitiness to the salad, swap out the habanero for it’s slightly sweeter (but just as spicy) cousin, the Scotch bonnet pepper. Want to see the differences? Read our PepperScale showdown on the two peppers.

As is, this salad makes a great summer appetizer, but try topping it with grilled chicken or shrimp to turn it into a full meal. It’s a quick an easy dish that is sure to impress.

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