August can be the hottest month of the year, so you might thinking it's crazy to make things even more sizzling by introducing chili-laced, hot sauce-doused, pepper-spiked dishes to the mix. But you'd be wrong, oh-so wrong. Because Aug. 19 is Hot n' Spicy Food Day!
Some "experts" say that spicy food can boost your metabolism or even improve your mood. All we know is that we love foods that beg to be washed down with an icy cold brew. The following are our absolute FAVE spicy dishes.
Hot and Spicy Chicken Wings are obviously front-runners here. Why? We'll give you three reasons: chicken, butter, cayenne. Nothing quite cuts the intense heat of cayenne mixed with butter and hot sauce like crispy chicken wings. Plus, this recipe is a cinch because the wings are baked – meaning you don't have to expose yourself to the hazards of deep frying.
Want something that's both tongue-tingling and adorbs? Try these Spicy Shrimp Cups, they've got a little of everything – crunchy, creamy, spicy, sweet and fresh. They make perfect appetizers, but there's no reason you couldn't have a few of these little guys for lunch or dinner.
You could even serve your shrimp cups with a side of Spicy Szechuan Noodles for a load of extra spiciness. This dish is even awesomer as leftovers because a night in the fridge lets all the yummy sauce absorb into the noodles.
Wanna cool down and heat up at the same time? Look no further than this recipe for Spicy Gazpacho. Just chop up tons of veggies – like tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumber, to name a few – and season them before adding a base of spicy tomato juice. Tossing all of the ingredients in a food processor makes quick work of this gazpacho recipe.
Now the best part as last: Spicy Pineapple Margaritas! A spicy cocktail sounds strange, you say? Well you've never tried the combination of jalapeno, tequila and sweet, sweet pineapple. Just trust us and try one, because this spicy, fruity, boozy drink is the absolute best way to finish off Hot n' Spicy Food Day.