17 Spicy Dishes to Make At Home for When Sriracha Isn't Enough


When it comes to food, the hotter it is the more I like it. I have a love of spicy food so intense that if I got a quarter for every time I had to assure the waiter that, yes, I really do want my chicken tikka masala extra spicy, I'd have many, many quarters.

It's an obsession — a compulsion, even — that has me reaching for the hot sauce every time a plate of mild food is placed in front of me. So for all my fellow spice lovers out there, those of us who know that there's no food like the kind that makes your forehead sweat and your eyes water, here are some of the tastiest and, more importantly, spiciest dishes to make at home.

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Roasted Indian Fish with Curried Cauliflower

A Spicy Perspective roasts fish with delicious Indian spices and pairs it with curried cauliflower.

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Spicy Thai Shrimp Soup

Bring some spice to your soup like Crepes of Wrath does with this Thai shrimp version.

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Spicy Kohlrabi Noodles

This spicy noodle dish by Love and Lemons is full of shredded kohlrabi and freshly sliced chillies.

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Thai-Style Pulled Pork Banh Mi

If you’re looking for a spicy sandwich, go for A Better Happier St. Sebastian’s pork banh mi with chilli sauce.

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Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken

Spicy sriracha meets honey and lime in I am a Food Blog’s delicious whole chicken leg recipe.

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Spicy Lamb Tacos With Harissa Pico de Gallo

Climbing Grier Mountain goes all out by topping spicy lamb tacos with harissa pico de gallo.

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Pumpkin Red Curry Udon

If you want a veggie noodle dish that packs some heat behind it, try your hand at I Am a Food Blog’s pumpkin red curry udon.

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Spiced Chicken Drumsticks with Brown Sugar and Jalapeño

Brown sugar and jalapeño make Climbing Grier Mountain’s spicy chicken drumsticks every spice-lovers dream.

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Roast Pork in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Want spicy pasta? Simply Delicious has you covered with this roast pork and spicy tomato sauce idea.

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Spicy Glass Noodles with Crispy Pork (Yum Woon Sen)

Topped with peanuts, crispy pork, scallions, and, best of all, fresh chilis, The Kitchn’s Yum Woon Sen is a delectably spicy noodle dish.

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad

What’s better than spicy shrimp? Spicy shrimp resting on a bed of quinoa salad from Table for Two.

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Spicy Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Confections of a Foodie Bride teaches us that even strawberry goat cheese salads can be spicy. Thanks!

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Korean Fried Chicken

Korean cuisine is known for its heat, and this hot fried chicken by Simply Delicious is a yumtastic example.

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Spicy Mac and Cheese with Chorizo and Roasted Poblano Peppers

You’ll never do mac ‘n’ cheese any other way after trying Cooking For Keeps’ spicy chorizo and roasted poblano version.

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Spicy Vegan Chili

Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the heat — go for A Cozy Kitchen’s hearty spicy vegan chilli.

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Turkey Khao Soi

Hot with a slight hint of citrus, this spicy Thai turkey Khao Soi from The Gouda Life will satisfy your spice craving.

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Spicy Chicken Flautas With Lime Sour Cream

These hot chicken flautas by The Kitchn are dipped into lime sour cream for one joyously spicy bite.

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