6 Worldly Dishes That Turn Up the Heat for International Hot & Spicy Day

Josh Schaffer
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Today is INTERNATIONAL Hot & Spicy day, which shouldn’t be confused with NATIONAL Hot & Spicy day that falls on August 19th. Having to choose between the two (not that one really has to), we’d take international for two reasons:  

First, the best time to eat anything hot is when it’s cold outside. Why would you want to turn the heat up when the heat is already on? Are you a masochist? Do you enjoy being embarrassingly sweaty? It makes no sense. You’ll be more appreciative of the heat the moment you’re forced to step into the cold weather.

Second, being international, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate spicy food from around the globe. It’s not that national hot & spicy day doesn’t hold any merit as we’re a nation who loves to prove ourselves eating foods that burn going in, as well as coming, but it just doesn’t feel as culturally authentic. More like faux spice day.

We’ve already given you a guide to hot peppers, but now is the time to run free, because carpe the hot and spicy diem!

Chicken Shahi Korma

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A ton of spice going into this traditional Indian dish, but the recipe itself is actually rather simple.

Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate

Image via The Endless Meal

Chocolate and spice are an excellent combination, and this should warm you every which way.

Spicy Miso Ramen Express

Image via Lady And Pups

A great spicy dish for when you feel a cold coming on, or just because.


Image via Tasty Plan

This is a popular dish throughout the Middle East and North Africa with numerous spellings, and iterations.

(Mole Style) Chicken in Poblano-Serrano Pepper Sauce

Image via Spicie Foodie

Sure you can remove the seeds for a milder sauce, but then why even make this at all?

Korean Spicy Beef Bulgogi

Image via Feast to the World

Beef, pork, it doesn’t really matter as long as there is kimchi and beer served with it.