If the fire-breathing dragon wasn't hint enough, one bite will prove this cake is packing heat. In her recently released cookbook, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, Libbie Summers stirs hot pepper extract into a lightly spicy batter, and spikes the cream cheese frosting with spiced pecans. The fruitiness of the pepper works well with the carrot-heavy batter, further enhanced by traditional cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
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Hummus-like chickpea puree serves as the foundation for za'atar-rubbed cod, which is then served alongside lemony, grilled zucchini.
Andouille, habanero, and jalapeño give a smoky, spicy twist to crowd-pleasing mac and cheese.
The toasted quality of the garlic and nuts tempers the boldness of the habanero and orange juice, so no one flavor is too strong. Paired with chips, this is an addictive sauce that makes you scrape for more.
Roasted carrots and tomatoes create a complex sweetness that serves as the backdrop to this different and surprising habanero hot sauce.
This playful fresh corn cocktail from La Condesa in Austin, Texas has a creamy texture and a creeping heat from the habanero-infused blanco tequila. It's their most popular signature drink.
For this deliciously spicy home infusion find a clean and affordable blanco tequila, but make sure it says 100% agave on the label.
Delivering on the required fruit and heat incredibly well, this hot sauce goes deeper with a slew of other fresh flavors and earthy spices to add great complexity.
Staying true to its name, mango forms the sweet base here, but this sauce also delivers all the tangy and spicy complexity that makes a great barbecue sauce.
Rubbed wings stay juicy and get a nicely browned skin after about 30 minutes of cooking over indirect medium-high heat, at which point barbecue sauce is applied and they start to caramelize. Another coating of sauce and some time directly over the coals creates the layers of sauce that I love—a little sticky, a little charred, and just overall delicious.
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.