11 devilishly hot recipes perfect for spice fiends

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Spicy feature

We Brits might be famed around the world for our notoriously bland food, but what we lack in exciting national dishes we make up for in our appreciation of other countries' cuisines - particularly when it comes to spice.

If you're a lover of spicy food who is never taken seriously at your local curry joint when you request your food extra hot, then never fear. Help is at hand in the form of this spicy recipe guide.

  1. 1 Spicy beef noodle soup
    beef noodle soup
    Source: The Woks of Life

    An elaborate soup is not the kind of thing most of us make too often. But if you are going to make the effort then this recipe is certainly one to try out.

    Start by cooking beef and ginger in stock, while sautéing garlic, onion and tomatoes with spices and flavourings (star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, spicy bean paste, soy sauce). Mix all this together and let it cook on a low heat for about 90 minutes, before adding the noodles and garnishing with spring onions and coriander. Spicy, oily, meaty, noodle-y goodness.

    Full recipe here.

  2. 2 Paccheri, 'nduja and burrata
    paccheri nduja burrata
    Source: The Happy Foodie

    Paccheri = delicious tubes of giant pasta. 'Nduja = delicious spicy sausage that is soft and spreadable. Burrata = delicious cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Combine all these ingredients with tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and seasoning and you have one hell of a spicy pasta dish.

    Get the recipe here.

  3. 3 Spicy Brazilian burrito bowls
    spicy brazilian burrito bowls
    Source: Pinch of Yum

    You'd be forgiven for thinking that orange stuff is chicken but it's actually fried plantain which means that this recipe is suitable for vegetarians (yay!) and - with one substitution - vegans as well.

    If you're really into your spice, you'll dig the black beans and tomato rice, which are packed with hot salsa and chilli powder. The dish is really well rounded off with its garlic and coriander slaw and slices of plantain. To go vegan, simply swap out the sour cream or Greek yoghurt in the slaw for vegan yoghurt.

    Read the full recipe here.

  4. 4 Chongqing chicken
    chongqing chicken
    Source: The Woks of Life

    Oh lordy, would you look at all those chilis?

    This recipe combines marinated chicken thighs with Sichuan peppercorns (seriously, these little buggers are hella zingy), ginger, garlic, dried red chilis, and fresh spring onions. Best of all, you can tailor the spice level to your individual tastes by breaking open some of the dried chilis.

    Find out more here.

  5. 5 Hot and hearty mushroom curry
    mushroom curry
    Source: Eat Healthy Eat Happy

    Another veggie/vegan recipe here, and this one is packed with healthy shit.

    Sauté mushrooms and in a separate pan combine garlic, onion, ginger, one bell pepper and lots of warming spices (chili powder, curry powder, and chili flakes feature heavily). Add water and carrots to the spice mix, simmer, and then blend into a puree. Mix this into the mushrooms along with some peanut butter and spinach and serve with rice, quinoa or naan.

    Et voilà, you have a delicious, spicy curry that's packed with veg and totally dairy and meat free. Virtue never tasted so good.

    Recipe here.

  6. 6 One-pot spicy eggs and potatoes
    spicy eggs and potatoes
    Source: Pinch of Yum

    Wake up sheeple, it's time to reinvigorate your breakfast game by introducing the Spice Factor.

    Sauté onion and garlic with ancho chili power, then add stock and tomatoes. Blend this mixture and combine it with some fried baby potatoes, before stirring in kale. Crack some eggs directly onto the mixture, cover it to let it cook, then garnish with crumbled goat's cheese and eat with bread. Literally can't think of a better way to start the day.

    Read the full recipe here.

  7. 7 Spicy baked chicken tenders
    spicy chicken tenders
    Source: Eatwell 101

    Oh, chicken. You are so naturally bland and yet so delicious when combined with things like barbecue sauce and gravy (although not at the same time).

    This recipe is all about the marinade and once you've nailed that it's incredibly simple. Combine olive oil and vinegar with garlic, Sriracha (yes, you can get it in the UK), ginger, soy sauce, lime and sugar. Let the chicken breast slices marinate in this delicious sauce for at least an hour, and then bake it in the oven. You can reduce any leftover marinade and drizzle it on top of the tenders when they come out of the oven.

    Get the recipe here.

  8. 8 Roasted vegetable pizza with ghost pepper sauce
    ghost pepper pizza
    Source: The Cookie Writer

    You might find it tricky to track down ghost peppers in the UK, but you could rustle up a pretty decent substitute by using several bird's eye chilis (easily found at any supermarket) in place of the one ghost pepper this recipe calls for.

    Start by roasting your vegetable mix. While you're waiting for the veg to cook, make the sauce by combining the ghost pepper or handful of bird's eye chilis with tomatoes and spices. Roll out your pizza dough (if you're feeling lazy, go for shop-bought) and top it with the hot sauce, roasted veg, cheese and jalapeños. Then bake until the crust is all...crustified. It's the ultimate spicy pizza experience.

    Find the full recipe here.

  9. 9 Beef vindaloo
    beef vindaloo
    Source: Indu Gets Cooking

    What kind of list would this be if it didn't feature a vindaloo?

    This is a really straightforward recipe that starts with a paste of spices and vinegar, and incorporates onion, chopped curry leaves, and chunks of beef.

    Find out more here.

  10. 10 Spicy crispy kung pao cauliflower
    kung pao cauliflower
    Source: Vegan Richa

    You've probably heard of kung pao chicken but what about kung pao cauliflower?

    This vegan recipe involves battering chunks of cauliflower in corn starch, bread crumbs and a soy marinade then baking it in the oven. Added to this is the kung pao sauce, which blends dried red chilis, Sichuan peppercorns, cashews, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and rice vinegar. SPICY VEGAN YUMS.

    Read the recipe here.

  11. 11 Jamaican jerk chicken tacos
    jamaican jerk chicken tacos
    Source: Le Creme de la Crumb

    Jamaican jerk chicken tacos: seems like a pretty awesome place to end this list, right?

    First things first, you need your jerk seasoning. If you can't find it in the shops, this recipe shows you how to make it yourself (which is a good idea if you want to tailor the spice level). Rub the seasoning onto chicken breasts and grill on the stove. Mix some more of the seasoning with some mayo and, once the chicken is cooked, assemble your tacos: tortilla, shredded lettuce or cabbage, chicken, jerk mayo, and some lime juice and coriander to finish. So easy, so spicy, so mouthwateringly delicious.

    Get the full recipe here.

    Feature image © Creme de la Crumb/The Woks of Life/The Happy Foodie