7 Spicy Recipes That Will Actually Warm You Up

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By Cooking Panda

Let’s shake this winter chill!

The best part of the colder months is snuggling under a bunch of blankets and consuming lots of hot, hearty things. But sometimes you need more than just any comfort food.

If you’re under the weather, or maybe you just can’t seem to get warm no matter how hard you try, let us suggest getting bold and adding a little extra heat to your dinners. Since, Jan. 16, 2017, is International Hot & Spicy Food Day, we thought we might as well go all out with our spicy cravings!

1. African Chicken Peanut Stew

Chicken and peanut butter? Yep! While it is delicious to saute the vegetables and brown the chicken for the best flavors and textures, you can also be lazy and toss everything in the slow cooker and still have a ridiculously delicious, rich stew without lifting a finger.

2. Thai Spicy Glass Noodles with Crispy Pork (Yum Woon Sen)

This simple dish of seasoned noodles might surprise you with its elegant taste. In fact, we’re pretty sure no one will believe how easy it is to make. This spicy, tangy and sweet recipe is actually best served at room temperature, so it is perfect for a potluck or as a make-ahead while cooking a big dinner.

3. Spicy Chili

Ground beef, Italian sausage, a ton of jalapeno peppers and spicy brown mustard come together for a deliciously flavorful chili that’s super easy to make and will sort you right out, no matter what it is that’s ailing you.

4. Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are massive fans of easy meals and taking shortcuts. So you can imagine our excitement at finding a way to combine cooked chicken, lasagna noodles and a cheesy mixture that really couldn’t be much easier but will taste like it took ages to make. Double win.

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5. Harissa Chicken Traybake

It is as easy as slathering chicken with two ingredients — peppery harissa and creamy, tangy yogurt — and tossing it in a pan with your favorite veggies. Serve with rice or your favorite grain to round out the meal!

6. Cajun Chicken Lasagna

Lasagna is a great comfort food. Take it to the next level with some seriously bold spices! We can’t imagine this would be bad with some Cajun-spiced shrimp either …

7. Slow-Cooker Thai Red Curry Taquitos

Honestly, that title alone is enough of a sell. All the fillings heat up in your slow cooker throughout the day, then you just stuff your tortillas and fry them. If you’d rather bake them, this recipe will show you how.

Featured Photo Credit: Judy Kim/Delish

Tags: easy weeknight dinners, hot and spicy, spicy food, spicy recipe, winter recipes
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