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20 Healthy Spicy Food Recipes

Do you love spicy food? Don’t miss this complete collection of 20 healthy recipes for the spicy food lover!

Spicy chicken saute with jalapeno- 20 healthy spicy food recipes.

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut with healthy eating? Trust me, I hear you. Planning dinners week in and week out can be tiresome. One way to beat through the boredom is to kick up the heat level in dishes. Whether it’s adding a little cayenne, swirling in a little Sriracha, or sautéing with a dollop of chili paste, here are 20 Healthy Spicy Food Recipes that will shake up your weekly menu!

spicy sauteed corn skillet

Why Eat Spicy Food?

  • Helps with weight loss. Capsaicin (the oil found in hot peppers) increases your body temperature, which increases your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories.
  • Numerous health benefits. Again, capsaicin has been connected with health benefits including improving gut health, lowering cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.
bowl of spicy pasta- 20 healthy spicy food recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can you put in food to make it spicy?

My easy, go-to ingredients are jalapeños, chili paste, cayenne, and hot sauce.

What country makes the spiciest food?

I’m sure everyone has a different opinion on this one, but I pull inspiration from many countries that enjoy spicy food, like Mexico, India, and Thailand.

What if something tastes too spicy?

Make sure to offer something neutral with the meal to counteract the spice. Things like pasta, rice, or bread.

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Did you try any of these spicy recipes? The next time you make one, snap a picture and share it to your socials! Tag @thelemonbowl and #thelemonbowl so we can admire and share your meal.

20 Healthy Spicy Food Recipes

Spicy Chicken Sauté with Jalapeño

4.75 stars average
25 minutes
Tender chicken breast cubes are sautéed with garlic, onion, and tomatoes. Thinly sliced jalapeños add a spicy kick that mellows when cooked.
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Spicy chicken saute with jalapeno

Spelt Tabbouleh with Jalapeño Vinaigrette

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15 minutes
A twist on the traditional dish, spelt gives this tabbouleh an added chewy texture that pairs perfection with the slightly spicy jalapeño vinaigrette.
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Spelt Tabbouleh by The Lemon Bowl

Sweet & Spicy Hot Chili Chicken Noodles | Ambitious Kitchen

Hot chili chicken noodles tossed in a flavorful meat sauce. These sweet & spicy chicken noodles are packed with protein & better than takeout!
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Spicy Corn Skillet with Garlic and Chilis

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5 minutes
This 5 minute side dish recipe is jam packed with garlicky flavor and perfect for using up fresh or frozen sweet corn.
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Caribbean Fish Soup (Fish Tea)

4.49 stars average
40 minutes
This fragrant broth-based Caribbean fish soup, also known as fish tea, is made with hearty veggies, potatoes and various types of fish and seafood.
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Easy Caribbean Fish Soup

Spicy Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil

4 stars
25 minutes
This vegan pasta recipe is made with garlic, olive oil and YOWZERS!TM red chili peppers for a little kick. Flavor-packed and perfect for serving with grilled chicken, broiled salmon, roasted shrimp and more.
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bowl of spicy pasta

Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette

4.5 stars average
30 minutes
Cauliflower is roasted until sweet and caramelized then drizzled with a briny, tangy and slightly spicy lemon caper jalapeño vinaigrette.
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Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette

Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo With Linguine

4.5 stars average
25 minutes
An easy 15 minute dinner recipe, this spicy shrimp pasta is made with tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes and linguine. 
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Shrimp Fra Diavalo Pasta Recipe

Spicy Lebanese Roasted Potatoes

5 stars
30 minutes
Spicy Lebanese potatoes, traditionally known as “batata harra” are roasted until crispy then tossed in a fragrant sauce made with garlic, cilantro, lemon.
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Spicy Lebanese Potatoes Recipe

Green Chile Stew

4.56 stars average
1 hour 40 minutes
This New Mexican style green chile stew is made with roasted green chiles, tender pork, and creamy Yukon potatoes.
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Spoonful of green chili stew

Kung Pao Shrimp

5 stars
20 minutes
A healthy version of the Chinese takeout classic, my Kung Pao Shrimp is sweet, spicy and perfectly balanced. Ready in 20 minutes!
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Healthy Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

Low Carb Ground Turkey Lettuce Cups

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25 minutes
These protein-packed lettuce cups are made with ground turkey simmered in a sweet and spicy sauce made with garlic, ginger, lime juice and YOWZERS red chili peppers. They're crunchy, tangy and naturally low carb.
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Spicy Chicken Ramen

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40 minutes
A quick, weeknight version of the traditional Japanese noodle soup, spicy chicken ramen is warm, satisfying and oh-so-comforting.
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spicy chicken ramen bowl

Spicy Tuna Pasta Puttanesca

4 stars average
25 minutes
This fast and easy pasta recipe is quick, spicy and delicious. Made with common pantry ingredients, the whole meal comes together in less than 15 minutes!
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Flank Steak Tacos

4.34 stars average
35 minutes
Smoky, spicy, and freshly flavored with red pepper and onion, these Flank Steak Tacos are the perfect meal to please the whole family.
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Flank steak tacos

Authentic Tequila Lime Shrimp

4.45 stars average
30 minutes
A fast and easy weeknight dinner, serve this tequila lime shrimp with warm corn tortillas, over rice or tossed with pasta.
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Authentic tequila lime shrimp

Vegan Hummus Quinoa Patties

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30 minutes
These protein-packed hummus quinoa patties are naturally vegan and made with creamy hummus, corn, and jalapenos.
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Hummus Quinoa Patties with Corn and Jalapenos

Jamaican Escovitch Fish

4.34 stars average
40 minutes
This authentic Jamaican seafood recipe is traditionally made with red snapper sauteed with a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy mixture of peppers, carrots and onions.
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Jamaican Fish Escovitch Snapper

Jamaican Curry Chicken

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45 minutes
This authentic Jamaican curry recipe is made with tender chicken breasts, hearty veggies, and fragrant spices like turmeric and ginger.
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Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skewers – Iowa Girl Eats

Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skewers are spicy, savory, and simple. This easy, sizzling appetizer recipe will fly off the platter!
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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