50 Spicy Dinner Recipes That’ll Turn Up the Heat (2024)

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Ready to add some serious kick to your weeknight dinner routine? Heat things up fast with these spicy dinner recipes, like jalapeño citrus salmon, jerk chicken, and Nashville hot chicken. Whether you're a hot-sauce collector or just simply want to add some new spices to your arsenal, we've got truly something for everyone. Forgive our pun, but these spicy dinner recipes are, wait for it, fire. 🔥

Every cuisine has their own distinct hot sauce that adds dimension, heat, and flavor. And if you've got a well-stocked pantry, you've likely got your own stash of hot honey, gochujang, and sriracha on hand. So use those bottles of liquid gold to add serious kick to some of our favorites, like Instant Pot sweet and spicy brisket, spicy ahi tuna nachos, and chicken fried cauliflower.

Even if your condiment corner isn't as well stocked, a few key staples are all you need to bring that nose-clearing bit of spice to any meal. Fresh jalapeños add instant heat to our Mexican tostada, bacon jalapeño corn chowder, and brick chicken. Scotch bonnets are a staple in Jamaican cuisine, where they lend not only spice but a subtle fruitiness to Jamaican curry chicken. Even a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes will add a punch of heat in a pinch, as we did in our copycat Carbone spicy rigatoni, Thai-inspired grilled cauliflower steaks, and firecracker salmon.

Ready to cool down? Sip on some of our favorite co*cktails and mocktails to bring the temperature way back down to normal again.

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Spicy Salmon Bowl

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There is something magical about grain bowls. They're perfect for meal prepping and packing up for lunches. All of the components are great on their own, and once they're tossed together, they somehow become even better. This spicy salmon bowl has all of our favorite things and is by far our favorite bowl to date.

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Copycat Carbone Spicy Rigatoni

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Every dish at Carbone, the nouveau red sauce joint in lower Manhattan, is a mind-bendingly delicious, updated take on Italian American classics, though none may be more famous than the spicy rigatoni, which features their version of a booze-spiked vodka sauce.

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Spicy Apricot Glazed Wings

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If you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond classic Buffalo wings, this recipe is a great place to start. They’re just as spicy, but also super savory, sticky, and juuust sweet enough. With a sauce like this, you don’t even need blue cheese dressing. (Then again... we're not stopping ya!)

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Nashville Hot Chicken

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WARNING! This sh*t is hot. If you're worried about spice, cut down on the amount of cayenne in your hot oil. Start at 1 tablespoon and increase to your liking.

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Spicy Crab Rolls

In restaurants, spicy tuna sushi rolls usually involve raw, sushi-grade fish. But if raw fish is out of reach, this recipe uses humble canned tuna. That’s not to say you can’t use the basic skeleton of this recipe for raw tuna if you can find it—just substitute in sushi-grade fish, finely chopped, and proceed onward!

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Firecracker Salmon

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This sweet and spicy firecracker sauce combines three fiery elements—sriracha, chile flakes, and fresh ginger—for a layered approach to heat. Served here with salmon, the firecracker sauce would also be delicious on grilled shrimp, baked tofu, or baked chicken breasts.

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Brick Chicken

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We paired this chicken with a delicious spicy, herby pan sauce made with jalapeño, lime, and cilantro but you can serve this as is, with a couple squeezes of lemon or even BBQ sauce. The world is your oyster... or chicken! Serve this along side a leafy green like Swiss chard and creamy mashed potatoes for a hearty and tasty dinner.

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp

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Yeah, sure, a steak on the grill is iconic, but maybe our absolute favorite protein to grill is shrimp. The best part about this recipe: The sauce doubles as a marinade and a glaze—don't forget to reserve some for basting the shrimp while it's on the grill!

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Spicy Fried “Chicken” Sandwich

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Crunchy, spicy, creamy, and tart—this "chicken" sammie is total bliss. We replicated spicy fried chicken with protein-packed tofu and added cornmeal to the batter for extra crunch. Don't skip the freezing step; it's what gives the tofu a more meat-like texture.

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Baked Falafel Bites with Spicy Tahini Dip

Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these falafel are baked, not fried, for less mess. Chickpea flour is your new best friend in this gluten-free treat.

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Carne Asada Torta

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A torta is a type of traditional Mexican sandwich with a signature chewy, baguette-like roll. The flavors here are bold, with quick pickled onions, avocado-radish salsa, grilled carne asada, and a layer of refried beans.

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Jalapeño Citrus Salmon

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This citrus salmon has tons of flavor from simple ingredients. Here we used oranges and limes, but you can use lemons, grapefruits, or blood oranges if you have them. If you like things a little spicier, leave the seeds in the jalapeño. As the salmon bakes, the juices start to turn into a syrupy sauce thanks to the honey and creates a perfect glaze over the salmon.

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Jamaican Curry Chicken

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Only a few dishes reaaally hit the spot in the dead of winter—chicken curry is for sure one of them! The best part? This recipe is super hands-off once you get it going, and the marinade is killer, with ginger beer, curry, and scotch bonnets delivering that delicious bit of heat. Serve with some easy white or coconut rice, and wham, you’ll have a whole new spice for life.

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Yukgaejang: Spicy Korean Beef Soup

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Yukgaejang is a spicy Korean beef soup loaded with warm earthy vegetables like mushrooms, leeks, and gosari. Gosari are immature fronds of bracken, a wild plant that is foraged along the hills and mountains of Korea. It’s typically served as banchan (a side dish) or in yukgaejang. It has a delicate but distinctly earthy flavor.

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Salmon Ceviche

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For this rather unorthodox ceviche, we borrowed techniques and ingredients from all over the world, from Japan to Mexico. We kept things *mostly* true to Peruvian-style ceviche for the mix-ins, with crunchy red onions, fresh cilantro, a finely chopped hot pepper, and some avocado borrowed from Mexican-style ceviches.

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Vegan Chipotle Lentil Tacos

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These vegan tacos are loaded with bright flavors and a variety of textures—just like any good taco should be! Serve them up with some frozen margaritas and homemade guacamole for the full Taco Tuesday experience.

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Tteokbokki-Style Gnocchi

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Tteokbokki is a Korean street food dish consisting of chewy rice cakes and a funky, spicy-sweet gochujang sauce. While delicious and traditional, the glutinous rice cakes are unfortunately less accessible to those of us without a Korean market around the corner. Luckily, store-bought gnocchi make for a great substitute.

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Best-Ever Mexican Tostadas

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These tostada are deliciously customizable, no matter your mood. You can top the beans with chicken fajitas, grilled flank steak, or even the filling for tacos al pastor. We're also big fans of adding a fried egg.

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Sichuan Beef

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When searching for "Sichuan beef" recipes, there are two variations that turn up: a deliciously saucy stir-fry dish popular in many Chinese-American restaurants, and another spicier version that hails from the eponymous region in China. Our version is a blend of the two that marries the more intense heat of fiery chiles and numbing Sichuan peppercorns with mildly sweet and salty sauciness.

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Spicy Chicken Taquitos

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A taquito is essentially a rolled taco with many of the toppings, like guacamole and sour cream, on the outside. They are traditionally shallow fried to get that beautifully crisp exterior. Our version is baked with an option to make them in the air fryer!

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