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International Hot and Spicy Food Day (January 16)
Check out the weird holiday International Hot and Spicy Food Day on Jan 16. Learn the history of spicy food & get ideas on how to celebrate.
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History of International Hot and Spicy Food Day
Today is a day of enjoying hot and spicy foods from all around the world. Some nations overall prefer milder food, but others typically enjoy hot and spicy dishes that will make you cry.
Spices have been added to food for over 6,000 years for two reasons. The first – and most obvious – is to add flavor to the dish. The second reason, however, is for the many health benefits of spices. For example, turmeric and cumin have been shown to have powerful properties that fight off bacteria.
Spices are also useful in fighting off inflammation. In many cultures, including Ayurvedic, garlic and ginger are used for their inflammatory properties. These spices can help fight headaches, arthritis, nausea, and even autoimmune disorders.
The Ancient Greeks imported Eastern spices like pepper, cinnamon, and ginger to the Mediterranean. Hipprocrates wrote around 400 BC about the health properties of saffron, cinnamon, thyme, mint, and more. Then later around 300 BC, Theophrastus – also known as the “Father of Botany” – wrote about 600 herbs and spices in his two books.
The Roman Empire used spices to flavor their wine and to add scents to balms and oils. This meant that some spices were used in poultices and healing plasters to help wounds heal more quickly and to lower infections.
In more modern times, data has shown that certain species of spicy foods – like cinnamon, cumin, chili peppers, and turmeric – can slow down your appetite and increase your metabolism!
Chili peppers also have an active component called capsaicin, which is known to destroy cancer cells. And according to a 2015 study conducted by the United States and China, eating spicy food 6-7 days per week lowered mortality rates by about 14%.
Most commonly, when we think about spicy foods, we often think of Asian cuisine. The spiciest food in the world typically comes from China’s Sichuan Province. The capital of Sichuan is chengdu, and it’s considered to be the hottest (food-wise) place in the world.
There are so many different chilis around the world, however, including Ghost Peppers, Red Cayenne Pepper, Serrano, Carolina Reapers, Habanero, Guajillo, Poblano, Peppadew, and more!
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to get hot and spicy food from all around the world straight to our homes. Between ordering out or making it yourself, you can test some very hot and spicy foods today!
Ideas for International Hot and Spicy Food Day
Here are a bunch of hot and spicy recipes you can try out!
This Gourmet Grilled cheese is made on Artisan cheese bread and filled with Kerrygold Skellig and Dubliner, crispy bacon, and jalapeno peppers. It's the perfect lunch on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
If you need a quick and easy appetizer for International Hot and Spicy Food Day this Jalapeno Popper Dip is your answer! Dip your chips, crackers or vegetables into this gooey, cheese dip loaded with jalapenos. It will be the star of the party!
This vibrant mango habanero salsa recipe is packed with fresh mango, sweet red pepper, avocado, and spicy flavors. It’s a colorful feast for your eyes, a treat for your tastebuds, and the perfect thing to serve on International Hot and Spicy Food Day with grilled salmon, fish tacos, or your favorite tortilla chips.
One of the original bar foods are pickled eggs and this Carolina Reaper Spicy Pickled Eggs recipe is bound to bring that heat and some great flavors. Add some pretzels, ranch, and a beer on International Hot and Spicy Food Day for the full delicious effect.
These rolled tacos couldn’t be easier and they are so delicious! Ready in under 30 minutes and they make the perfect meal or appetizer on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Add some queso for the perfect dipping sauce!
Using this spicy scrambled eggs recipe, you can take your eggs to the next level on International Hot and Spicy Food Day by cooking them with chillies and serving with peppers on buttery sourdough toast – just so good!
Chicken biryani is one of the most popular Indian chicken dishes. When the biryani is cooked as per instructions given in the recipe, the chicken remains juicy, tender, flavor-packed, masaledar, and finger-licking good. The recipe is so easy that even first-time cooks and bachelors can try it in their kitchen on International Hot and Spicy Food Day!
This healthy leftover noodle recipe for Spicy Vegan Peanut Pasta Salad uses leftover spaghetti noodles and lots of fresh veggies. It's a great way to use up extra noodles on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
Soondubu jjigae (순두부찌개) is a spicy Korean tofu stew made with freshly curdled soft tofu called soondubu. Add vegetables, your protein of choice, and egg to this Korean tofu soup for a satisfying, delicious meal on International Hot and Spicy Food Day!
This Sourdough Jalapeño Cheddar Bread marries pickled jalapeño peppers with sharp cheddar cheese for zing, and sourdough starter discard for tang. You'll have cheesy jalapeño bread goodness in every bite on International Hot and Spicy Food Day!
Spicy urad dal- black dal is a flavorful way to enjoy a hearty protein packed meal on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. This easy Instant Pot recipe cooks up in less than 30 minutes and needs very little prep time. If you are looking for a bold blend of spices that you and your family will adore, then you should make this dal tonight!
This is an easy Fire and Ice Pickles recipe you can make on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Fire and Ice Pickles are spicy, sweet and sour pickles, flavored with dill and garlic. This recipe is a little more sour and a little more spicy than the other typical Fire and Ice Pickles recipes, so pucker up!
If you want to make your homemade kebabs taste even more authentic on International Hot and Spicy Food Day, then make a batch of this Kebab Shop Chilli Sauce to go with them. A tomato based sauce with a serious kick of chilli. This is an authentic kebab shop sauce, just like you would get at your local takeaway, and it takes just a few minutes to make. You can make it as spicy or as mild as you like, and it goes on so much more than just kebabs.
This dip or a spread is made with a soft, creamy cheese with a peppery, spicy flavor which is called kopanisti and is produced in Mykonos and in other Cycladic islands. You'll love it on International Hot and Spicy Food Day! The other ingredient which makes it hot is the roasted hot peppers added to the spread.
Slow Cooker Spicy Indonesian Chicken (Ayam Pedas), one of the tastiest recipes from this world cuisine, is now very easy to make yourself on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. This spicy chicken is tender, juicy, and has a lot of flavors.
This velvety chicken stew is the ultimate Guatemalan comfort food on International Hot and Spicy Food Day! Often considered the national dish of Guatemala, pepián de pollo features tender chicken pieces in a lightly-spiced tomato, toasted pumpkin seed and chile sauce.
Gotta have these Spicy Baked Korean Chicken Wings on International Hot and Spicy Food Day! There’s something crazy addictive about chicken wings smothered with a bold-flavored sticky, zesty Korean inspired sauce made with Gochujang. It is crispy on the outside, juicy on the insides, and never lacking in flavor!
Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken is incredibly easy and fall-off-the-bone delicious! This flavorful spicy chicken recipe is great to make in bulk on International Hot and Spicy Food Day for meal prep, and the spice level can easily be adapted to your personal taste.
Got a few peppers? This spicy gummy bear recipe uses your favorite fruit juice to create hot candy that’s perfect for snacking on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. You can use Jalapenos, Habaneros, Ghost peppers, or whatever you’d like to make these fiery gummy chillies.
Spicy shrimp and grits is a quick and easy meal for International Hot and Spicy Food Day that can be made in under 30 minutes. The grits are super creamy and cheesy while the shrimp are spicy and garlicky. A restaurant-quality meal that the entire family will enjoy!
Enjoy these wraps filled with small pieces of spicy succulent chicken, potatoes, bell pepper, crispy salad and cooling yogurt on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. They are easy to make and packed with flavour, perfect for last minute get-togethers, picnics and lunchboxes.
Juicy chicken breasts and tender potatoes tossed in a spicy Cajun seasoned sauce and baked to perfection in one pan. Sheet pan chicken and potatoes are an easy dinner on International Hot and Spicy Food Day that your family will love. Ready in under an hour!
Spicy, tangy and sweet, this Sri Lankan Devilled Beef (Spicy Dry Beef Curry) recipe combines Sri Lankan and Chinese cuisine with devilishly flavorful results! A staple in many Sri Lankan restaurants, and the perfect side dish to enjoy with a cold beer on International Hot and Spicy Food Day, this recipe can also be made with chicken, pork, lamb or mutton as well.
Featuring crispy tofu and crunchy veggies cooked in a spicy, bold sauce, this Szechuan tofu is seriously addictive on International Hot and Spicy Food Day! A quick and easy stir-fry that is vegan and healthier than Chinese takeout. The best part is, you can make it in under 30 minutes!
Spice up your next meal on International Hot and Spicy Food Day with these Cauliflower Grilled Tacos with Chipotle Nectarine and Lime Salsa. A little bit zesty, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot delicious. So much flavor.
A spicy 30-minute meal full of Caribbean flavor, this easy Jamaican rice and pigeon peas recipe with coconut milk will transport you to the islands in January on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. A delicious addition to your "rice and beans" repertoire using either canned pigeon peas or homemade.
This creamy jalapeno corn is an easy, 20 minute side dish that is perfect for a barbecue or weeknight meal on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Spicy and cheesy, this dish is packed with bold flavor.
This *DEEP DISH* cast iron pizza is about to be your new go-to dinner on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. The dough is topped with spicy tomato sauce and Italian sausage then baked in a preheated cast iron skillet which keeps the crust nice and crispy. As soon as it comes out of the oven it’s topped with cool and creamy burrata cheese. It’s heavenly!
This creamy, spicy Sriracha Hummus recipe is easy to make and perfect if you’re looking to add a kick to classic hummus on International Hot and Spicy Food Day! It’s WW, Vegan, and Gluten free friendly, too!
This sweet and spicy mango habanero salsa is made with fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic mixed with mango, citrus juice, and fresh herbs. It’s a delicious snack on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
Add this Spicy Sausage Soup recipe to your meal plan on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. A slow cooker sausage soup that is loaded with garlic, onion, spicy Italian sausage in a beefy broth. Pair with a side of cornbread and serve this up to take the chill off a cold winter day.
This easy recipe for Mango Habanero Hot Sauce is a fiery, fruity chili sauce that will be sure to add a kick to your food on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. It's made in a blender, so no need to chop and worry about spicy fumes!
A bit spicy, a bit tangy, and a bit umami, this Fermented Peruvian Red Pepper Salsa will liven up the simplest of dishes on International Hot and Spicy Food Day! 5 ingredients - red chile (rocoto, Fresno, red jalapeño, etc.), tomato, red onion, lime juice, and vinegar... 3 days in an airtight container. A delicious Peruvian Ají Recipe!
This Spicy Nigerian Jollof rice recipe is a spicy, tasty dish that will have your family asking for seconds on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Ready in about a half hour thanks to the pressure cooker, this is a delicious addition to just about any night of the week. You can serve it on its own or as a side dish to your favorite dinners.
This dish is brimming with flavors of Cajun spices and the shrimp are so succulent with just enough spice to make your mouth water. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
This spicy, cheesy crab dip is a go-to recipe for years on International Hot and Spicy Food Day, and it never disappoints! It's flavorful, ultra cheesy, just-the-right-amount-of spicy, and it only takes minutes to prep.
These spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil are ready on International Hot and Spicy Food Day in only 10 minutes! Wide noodles are tossed in a spicy, garlicky Szechuan chili oil sauce made with garlic, Szechuan chili peppers, soy sauce, and fresh herbs.
If you have an abundance of peppers (both bell peppers and jalapeños) and are looking for pepper recipes on International Hot and Spicy Food Day, then try this Pepper Jelly! It's a delicious sweet and spicy condiment that is very easy to make.
Spicy chimichurri is an herbaceous, bright and flavorful sauce or marinade with a super spicy kick that is excellent on steak, chicken, seafood and veggies! A winner all around, especially on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Spicy chimichurri sauce can be made with a few simple ingredients and brings any dish to life.
These Spicy Noodles are just the thing you might want in your life on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. They are absolutely fiery delicious, a perfect balance of HOT with a good dose of umami and a tad bit of sweet.
This Guajillo Sauce is the perfect Salsa Roja (red sauce) for any of your favorite Mexican recipes on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. It’s perfect for enchiladas, chilaquiles or tamales or can be used as a quick condiment.
Camarones a la Diabla or Mexican deviled shrimp or “shrimp of the devil,” is one of the best all-time favorite Mexican foods on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Plump, tender shrimp are seared in a skillet and then tossed in a rich, fiery sauce made from dried chiles.
This is the most amazing hot honey recipe for guaranteed sweet heat love. It infuses honey with Fresno peppers for the ultimate dip or drizzle. It only takes two ingredients to make this easy spicy honey sauce recipe on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. With a little bit of slow simmering time, the honey becomes perfectly infused with the Fresno chili peppers.
Spicy chipotle tofu layered over brown rice, a huge dollop of freshly made zesty guacamole, and some nice queso fresco (sub in feta or a nice vegan cheese alternative if needed) make this chipotle burrito bowl the perfect quick and easy dinner to whip up on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
This Singapore Chili Shrimps is a new take on the delicious Singapore Chilli Crab but with a simpler and more affordable protein: shrimps! This recipe is spicy, savory and packed with flavors, with the sauce being the star of the show. It's the perfect dish to eat with a steaming bowl of white rice on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
Spicy, fresh and creamy, this vegan habanero crema is scrumptious drizzled over tacos, tostadas, burrito bowls and more. Made with cashews and fresh habanero chile, this sour cream or aioli is a perfect addition to your meal on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
This fra diavolo sauce is a spicy Italian tomato sauce made with fresh or canned tomatoes, red chili flakes, and oregano. It pairs perfectly with pasta and seafood on International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
Ready for a totally addictive, spicy, crispy snack?? Make Fried Jalapeños! In this recipes, fresh jalapeños are beer battered and fried until perfect crispiness - the perfect appetizer for International Hot and Spicy Food Day.