Van Chaplin and Charles Walton IV / Styling by: Alan Henderson and Cari South / Food Styling by: Rebecca Kracke Gordon
- Spicy Shrimp and Grits
- No-Cook Sweet-and-Spicy Pickles
- Fiery Cheese-and-Chutney Appetizer
- Sweet-and-Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings
- Spicy Chicken Salad With Veggies
Here's refreshing news about hot sauce. This chile-containing condiment temporarily speeds up your metabolism and cools you off. Capsaicin (the heat-causing chemical in chile peppers) causes you to perspire, especially on the head and face. As moisture evaporates, heat pulls away from the body, producing a cooling sensation. That's why so many dishes in hot climates are spicy.
But let's face it: The real reason we use hot sauce is because we love its taste and the rush we feel while eating fiery foods. One bite of these tongue-tingling recipes, and you'll experience new heights in zestful flavor.