11 Spicy Dishes to Heat Up Your Weekend

11 Spicy Dishes to Heat Up Your Weekend

Don't reach for your standard, go-to recipes this weekend. Instead, spice things up by trying something new in the kitchen. Even better, try a recipe with a little heat.

These 11 recipes have just enough spice to keep things interesting without sending you in search of a glass of milk to quell the fire. And if you are tentative when it comes to spicy food, remember that you can easily adjust the seasonings to your liking.

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1. Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce

While we originally called this a lunch recipe, it works just as well for a low-key dinner. Inspired by one of our favorite Trader Joe's wraps, the spice in this dish comes from the cayenne in the red pepper paste.

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2. Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken

If ever there was a reason to fire up the grill early, this spicy Korean chicken is it. The marinade is filled with garlic, soy sauce, and gochujang, a tangy Korean hot pepper paste. Make it this weekend, and we bet you'll be making it again and again all spring and summer long.

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3. Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are one of our favorite party and movie night snacks. This spicy version is an upgrade on the original, thanks to a dusting of black pepper-heavy garam masala.

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4. Spicy Vegetarian Breakfast Nachos

Nachos don't have to be that unhealthy. A far cry from the bar-food staple, these tofu-based breakfast nachos topped with a fried egg have plenty of protein to start your day off right.

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5. Sweet & Spicy Baked Potato

This is one of those quick dinners for one that we're always in search of on busy weeknights. Using a pre-cooked sweet potato, a healthy drizzle of Sriracha, and a few marshmallows, you can have dinner in no time. Just be sure you serve it with a simple green salad to round out the meal.

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6. Spicy Maple Sriracha Beef Jerky

The only thing you really need to make mouthwatering, homemade beef jerky is time — that and your oven set at a low temperature. So next time you find yourself home for the day, spring cleaning or crossing items off your home improvement to-do list, make a batch of this maple Sriracha jerky. You'll be happy you did when it comes to figuring out movie snacks.

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7. Spicy Chicken Flautas with Lime Sour Cream

Even if you aren't experienced with deep-frying, this recipe is an easy one to try. Simply roll up the spicy chicken and crumbled queso fresco cheese and fry the flautas. You'll never go back to buying frozen ones again.

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8. Spicy Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is one of our favorite ways to use up bread that might have gone a bit stale. The cubes of bread are transformed into a soft base for the tomato- and veggie-based salad. You can use a spicy dressing or stick with a basic vinaigrette.

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9. Spicy Sausage & Mixed Vegetable Skillet Pasta

This recipe comes together in minutes and makes for great leftovers as well. You can save time by using frozen vegetables or whatever fresh veggies happen to be in your fridge.

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10. Spicy Roasted Chicken Thighs with Miso & Ginger

We'll continue to sing the praises of chicken thighs until everyone is a convert. This simple recipe showcases just how great they are. The combination of ginger, miso, and garlic-chili oil (or chili paste, if you prefer) is sure to please everyone at the table.

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11. Spicy Glass Noodles with Crispy Pork

This Thai recipe, also called yum woon sen, is a restaurant favorite that is surprisingly easy to recreate at home. We love making a big batch of this glass noodle dish and eating it as leftovers for the week. Even better is the fact that you can serve it cold and swap in shrimp or tofu if pork isn't for you.

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