Thai Pomelo and Shrimp Salad
This miang, which is sort of a one-bite salad, pairs poached shrimp and sweet, tart pomelo and is tossed in a spicy chili dressing.
Seeding the jalapeños in this recipe cuts out a lot of the heat, for a milder pepper flavor that works perfectly with the lime.
Grilled Jalapeño Potato Salad
Fire up the grill for this spicy take on potato salad. It's creamy and flavorful, without being over-dressed. (The sad fate of all too many potato salads).
These sweet, very hot candied jalapeños are perfect as cocktail garnishes, additions to guacamole, or even cupcake toppers.
If you want to go extra fancy, you can serve your ceviche in your carefully cleaned out lobster shell.
Spicy Crab Dip
It's summer, and where I'm from (Maryland) that means crabs. If you can swing it, try and shell fresh crabs yourself, there's really no substitute for that freshness. But if it's too labor intensive, or good crabs are hard to come by in your 'hood canned crab meat will do. Just try to use the refrigerated stuff from the fish counter.
Hot Pepper Relish
This is a spicy mix of green and red hot peppers that'll brighten up your summer dogs.
Fried Yuca with Spicy Mayo
The crispier, creamier cousin to french fried potatoes.
So you've heard of chicken-fried steak, but what about okra-fried jalapeños? Battered jalapenos combine the same pickled sourness of a fried pickle with the spiciness of the pepper—and it's all encased in a crispy coating, then dipped into a cooling horseradish sauce.
Spicy Sambal Chicken and Shrimp
Packed with Thai chiles, this spicy Southeast Asian dish is sure to cool your off this summer.
Thai Spicy Duck Salad
The combination of citrus and heat in this spicy duck salad is a delicious and refreshing dish for hot August days.
Cellophane Noodles with Pork and Thai Basil
The noodles are tossed with stir-fried ground meat and plenty of garlic and chili, plus lots of cilantro and Thai basil. Light but filling, this makes for a nice side dish or a casual meal.
Spicy Tuna Salad with Young Ginger and Lemongrass
You can serve this salad in lettuce cups as an appetizer or treat it as a main dish and eat it with warm jasmine rice.
Thai Herbal Salmon Salad
This light, healthy salad is unbearably easy to make and a spicy, fresh answer to the eternal question: what's for dinner?
Crunchy and Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry with Snap Peas
Crispy shrimp with salt and Sichuan peppercorn are paired with sweet and crunchy snap peas.
Cantonese-Style Lobster with Ginger and Scallions
Large chunks of shell-on lobster stir-fried with scallions, ginger, hot peppers, and yellow chives in a lightly seasoned sauce. It's a mess to eat, but a delicious one.
Thai-Style Lobster Salad with Snap Peas and Salted Cucumber
A lighter, brighter, hotter, altogether-more-exciting version of lobster salad based on Thai flavors made with sweet, tender chunks of picked lobster meat, crisp blanched snap peas, and cucumbers.
Real Deal Kung Pao Chicken
Chinese takeout will never be the same again when you fire up a wok at home to craft a Kung Pao that puts that MSG-kissed crap to shame. Get the recipe »
Spicy Warm Silken Tofu with Celery and Cilantro Salad
This recipe is about as easy as it gets, but complex in its flavors, with a balance of heat, sweetness, and bracing acidity from chili oil, sugar, and Chinkiang vinegar.
Cold Sichuan Noodles with Spinach and Peanuts
The dish is hot, but the cold noodles help temper that heat. It's perfect fare for a hot late summer evening, and it comes together in about half an hour.
Pork Larb (Thai Salad with Pork, Herbs, Chili, and Toasted Rice Powder)
This dish is intensely flavored, and the embodiment of the sweet-sour-salty-hot flavor profile that defines much of Thai cuisine.
Mongolian Stir-Fried Lamb with Cumin
This lamb is aromatic with garlic, soy, cumin, and a big, fat bed of cilantro.
Real Mapo Dofu
A traditional Sichuanese dish, Mapo Dofu is made with simmered medium-firm silken tofu flavored with fermented bean paste, beef, plenty of red-hot roasted chili oil, and a handful of Sichuan peppercorns.
Grilled Habanero Barbecue Wings
Far from the typical deep-fried and slathered with buffalo sauce variety, these hot wings are imbued with all the smokiness of the barbecue.
Jerk Pork Skewers
The jerk flavors of these pork skewers pair well with the accompanying honey-lime sauce, which has a cooling effect that balances everything out.
Baby Back Ribs with Mojo Barbecue Sauce
First, these ribs are cooked slow and low. Then, they're steeped in citrus and beer, while a lively, Cuban mojo-inspired barbecue sauce simmers on the stovetop.
Peruvian Style Grilled Chicken With Green Sauce
The basics are simple: butterflied chicken with a vinegar and spice rub gets slow-cooked on the grill, followed by a quick stay directly over the coals to crisp the skin. It comes out tender and juicy and goes perfectly with a simple spicy and cream sauce made with jalapeños and aji amarillo peppers.
Sweet Barbecue Kim-cheese Burgers
"Topping a burger with kimchi and cheese?" you might ask, raising one eyebrow skeptically. The combination of grilled beef with sweet and salty flavors is actually about as classic as it gets. The sweetness of quick-pickled slaw combines nicely with the heat and garlic of the kimchi for a rendition of this summer favorite.
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Hot Hawaiian Burgers (Spam, Pineapple, Swiss, and Sriracha Mayo)
This delicious combo hits the rich/fresh/sweet flavors and the crisp/moist textures that are irresistible on a burger.
Grilled Mexican Chorizo with Spicy Tomato Caper Sauce
In this slightly-more-work-but-worth-every-extra-minute recipe, spicy and tart Mexican chorizo (not to be confused with dry-cured raw Spanish chorizo) gets simmered in a tangy tomato sauce punched up with capers, olives, and a handful of cilantro.
Kofte Kebabs with Spicy Harissa Yogurt Sauce and Grilled Flatbread (Minced Lamb Kebabs)
Kofte Kebabs are traditionally made with lamb, however, ground beef or pork can be substituted. Harissa is a Tunisian spice pasted made from piri-piri peppers. If you can't find it, any fresh chili sauce will do, such as sambal oelek.
Bacon and Kimchi Steamed Buns with Carrot and Cucumber Slaw
A tasty combination of two flavor-packed ingredients: bacon and kimchi. These are salty, meaty, and spicy, all wrapped up into one soft, neat package.
Cajun Chicken Fritters
A fried buttermilk cornmeal batter reminiscent of hushpuppies makes these chicken fritters golden and crispy all around.
Sardines in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Fresh sardines quickly broiled atop a fragrant sauce are a step above the canned variety and just as effortless to prepare.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwiches
The recipe for these impressive chicken sandwiches may seem to have a lot of ingredients and steps, but the entirety isn't all that bad and it's all well worth it.
Swapping Habanero for the more typical Jalapeño or Serrano gives guacamole a little extra heat.
Walnut-Habanero Salsa with Roasted Garlic and Orange
If raw habaneros are too hot, you can roast them first to temper this salsa's heat.
Grilled Marinated Heart Of Palm Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw
These tacos may be vegan, but they don't cut corners and flavor, and certainly not on heat.
Stuffed Roasted Poblanos with Cashew-Chipotle Sauce
This recipe—roasted poblanos stuffed with rice, raisins, and capers, doused in a smoky cashew-based salsa, and baked with cheese- is impossible to resist.
Green Chile Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
A South of the Border variation on macaroni and cheese.
Jicama and Pomelo Salad with Spicy Thai Vinaigrette
Spicy, crunchy, and cooling. What more could you want?
Carne Adovada (New Mexico-style Pork with Red Chilies)
Alternatively, you could also try carne adovada, New Mexico's ancho and pasilla chile based stew. Its got a well-balanced flavor that is spicy, smoky, rich, and subtly sweet all at once.
Real-Deal Tortilla Soup
Don't write off tortilla soup as gringo-fied Mexican food. When made correctly, it can be as authentic, complex, and compelling as any real-deal Mexican dish.
This one might not cool you down, but you probably won't mind so much.
Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade
So this one is a cold drink, and as we now know, those actually tend to make you hotter. But here's to hoping the heat from the jalapeños helps you break even. It's worth it.