Eating spicy food is an energizing experience. Adding another round of cracked pepper to your recipe is great and all, but cayenne, paprika, jalapeño, and chilies can make otherwise plain food feel more alive and tingling with flavor. You may sweat, your tongue may burn a little, but it all just tastes (and feels!) so good.
These recipes can ease you into just a little heat, and a little sunshine. They won't make your mouth feel on fire all night – they'll just add a little warmth to your dinner table. From a spicy grapefruit guacamole, to a 30-minute chicken posole, to bibimbap tacos – you have plenty to choose from.