'Serious Heat' on Serious Eats

Serious Heat: Sizzling Shrimp Popcorn with Jalapeños

I once saw a friend top their movie popcorn with the pickled jalapeños meant for the nachos—confiding that they enjoyed not just the spice of the chiles in their popcorn, but also the pickling juice oozing all over it. Then I came across Todd English's recipe for Sizzling Shrimp Popcorn with Jalapeños and was further intrigued. I wasn't sure about the recipe—okay, I'm down to try fresh jalapeños topped over my popcorn, but adding shrimp to the mix? However, I'm an equal-opportunity popcorn eater, so I gave it a whirl. More

Do You Have a Favorite Storebought Spicy Soup?

With the last gasp of winter upon us, why not take comfort in a bowl of spicy soup until spring comes. These five soups have more than a burst of chile-inducing heat in common. They are all so flavorful and fresh-tasting, it's hard to believe they originated from a box, can, or plastic tub. Do you have any favorites? More

What's Your Secret Salsa Ingredient?

A few months ago, I came across a tomato-based salsa at a Mexican restaurant that I couldn't stop dipping the tortilla chips in. It had all the major salsa players: tomatoes, onions and chiles. But there was something a little different about this salsa, a spice or herb that I couldn't quite put my finger on. It added a touch of earthiness, maybe even smokiness? What could it be? More

Serious Heat: Muhammara

Tired of the usual homemade dips in your rotation? Add Muhammara to the mix. I was recently introduced to this Middle Eastern puree of roasted red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranate molasses. If you're extra ambitious, roast the red peppers instead of using the jarred kind. More

What to Do When You Add Too Much Spice

It happens to the best of us. You get a little too excited about adding cayenne powder to your chili to bump up the heat and uh oh—you've gone too far. What was supposed to be a simple kick of zest has now turned into too much of a mouth-burning fire. The entire dish doesn't need to be bound for the trash. Here are a few ways to remedy the situation. More

Spice-Rubbed Southern Fried Chicken

Whether it's coated in a blend of chile powders or bathed in a combination of buttermilk and hot sauce, fiery fried chicken has become a force to be reckoned with. Slowly but surely, spicy fried chicken is coming into its own all across the country. (Bojangles', Chick-fil-A's Spicy Chicken, etc.) And this Southern gal--who is serious about both fried chicken and spice--is always looking to cook up fried chicken to quench both these needs. More

Serious Heat: 10 Things to Do with Kimchi

While you can always stir kimchi into rice for an easy side (with no complaints from me!), sometimes I crave kimchi fusion. Kimchi is fermented vegetables, most often cabbage, but there are varieties, one of my favorite being made with radishes. Seasonings can include garlic, ginger, chiles, fish sauce to make for a condiment that's fiery and salty with a pucker-worthy tartness. Because of this acidity, it greatly complements richer dishes. Here are 10 fusion-inspired ideas on what to do with kimchi. More

Serious Heat: Chocolate-Chile Icebox Cake

I have a love affair with icebox cakes. A tower of cookies layered with whipped cream or custard sits overnight in the fridge. After the stint, the cookies have absorbed the moisture, turning into a cakey consistency. Hands down, it's one of the simplest ways to create a cake, which comes in handy after a holiday season full of frenzied baking. And since I add a blast of heat to everything, the whipped cream for this chocolate icebox cake is flavored with cocoa powder, New Mexican chile powder and cayenne. The result is a chocolate-chile slice of heaven that has never been easier to create. More

Spicy Ginger Hot Toddy

When it gets cold out and my nose gets sniffly, I happily turn to the curing power of a hot toddy. My standby recipe is from an older version of a Gourmet cookbook for hot buttered rum that combines lemon juice, maple sugar, rum, boiling water and is dotted with a pat of butter. But I wanted to add a spicy element to the mix, using ginger tea as a base for the cocktail, which provides a tiny ginger burn at the back of the throat. More

Serious Heat: 10 Homemade Spicy Food Gifts

Taking into account a person's food likes and crafting a homemade gift for them can be a thoughtful, touching gift for the holidays. The joy is not just in giving the gift, but also in making it. For the spice-savvy person in your life, here are 10 homemade spicy gift ideas from harissa to honey-chile butter. Do you have any zesty homemade gifts you make? More

Mexican Hot Chocolate

What is better during the holidays than a piping mug of hot chocolate? Well, one that's been enhanced with cinnamon and cayenne powder of course. This Mexican take on the wintry beverage is creamy and rich with a spike of spiciness. Top it with whipped cream, marshmallows or whatnot. More

Habanero-Brined Roasted Turkey

For the family who worships fiery food, this is a way to relish spiciness for Thanksgiving. Soaked in a habanero-filled brine, this turkey packs a punch you won't soon forget. If the family isn't totally on board for a spicy turkey, then pare down the brine recipe and use it for a chicken instead. More

Gift Guide: For the Spicy Food Lover

This selection of gifts is geared to make any heat-obsessed fan happy throughout the year. It ranges from teeny Tabasco bottles and Sriracha peas (move over, wasabi peas) for stocking stuffers to hanging pepper plants. Check out this roundup of seven gift ideas, none of them over $35, for spicy food fiends. More

Turducken

[Photograph: Bill Milne for Chile Pepper magazine] Recipe by Andrea Lynn. Before you start to make the stuffing, taste the Cajun spice blend you're going to use and if it's very salty, tone down the salt in the rest of... More

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