11 Dishes to Heat Things Up This Labor Day

For the spicy food lover

This Labor Day week you'll want to include some of these delicious and spicy foods. There are options for all types of diets and everything on this list is easy to prepare -- so you can spend more time having fun with your guests. Have a great holiday and enjoy! 

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    Chorizo Stuffed Portobello Cheeseburgers (Vegetarian)

    Chorizo Stuffed Portobello Cheeseburgers
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Burgers are very important to cookout celebrations, and we mustn't forget the vegetarians in our family. This recipe's instructions are for cooking in a pan, however, you can grill the "patties" instead for a rich smoky flavour.  

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    Beef Kufta Kebabs Spiced With Baharat Seasoning

    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Kebabs are perfect for both a charcoal or flat grill. These are spiced with an exotic seasoning called baharat, and it will truly transform ordinary ground beef skewers into a flavoursome meal.  

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    Grilled Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Sandwiches

    Hubby’s Grilled Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Sandwich Recipe

    Sausage links, in this case bratwurst, cooked on a grill couldn't be more satisfying. This sandwich is topped with sautéd sauerkraut, which has been seasoned with horseradish and mustard, and I can guarantee this sandwich will be a huge hit. 

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    Spicy, Smokey, Grilled Chicken

    Spicy, Smokey, Grilled Chicken Salad
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Grilled chicken is one of my favourite foods to eat at a cookout. This recipe is perfect for the outdoors grill. Instead of serving it as a salad, like called for in the original recipe, place it between two buns for a grilled chicken burger. Delicious! 

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    Vegan Chilli With Spicy Green Peppers

    Vegan Chili with Spicy Green Peppers
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    You know those grilled hot dogs and burgers you're serving? Well, top them with this spicy chilli. The chilli recipe doesn't use meat so it's perfect for all of your guests, whether they eat meat or not. 

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    Chicken With Sri Lankan Curry Powder

    Curried Roasted Chicken
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    No need to turn on the oven for the summer version of this roasted chicken. Follow the recipe instructions regarding the spices and the rubbing/coating the entire chicken in them. But instead of placing the chicken in the oven to roast, put it on the grill. It will cook faster on the grill and also have a delicious smokiness to it. 

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    Easy Poblano Pepper Relish

    Poblano Pepper Relish
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    The first part of this recipe, preparing the chiles, is best done on an open flame -- perfect for the grill. The rest is finished on the stove, but the whole process is quite easy. Once you taste the prepared chile relish you'll surely want to top everything with it. 

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    Spiced Up Grilled Eggplant Salad

    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Eggplant is in season and I happen to think the absolute best way to cook it is on the grill. After grilling combine it with red pepper flakes and crumbled cheese for an amazing salad.  

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  • 09 of 11

    Mango and Habanero Salsa

    Mango Habanero Salsa | #CincoDeMayo #Salsa
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    While your guests are waiting for the grilled meats you'll be serving, let them snack on this sweet and spicy salsa. Alternatively, it can also be used for topping grilled chicken, steak, and burgers. 

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    Refreshing Ginger Lemonade

    Refreshing Ginger Lemonade
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

     On a hot summer day there is nothing as quite as refreshing as an ice-cold lemonade. This one is spiced up with fresh ginger and it's spicy, tart, sweet, and so good! 

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    Grilled Pineapple Topped with Chili Flakes

    Grilled Pineapple Topped with Chili Flakes
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    We mustn't forget a grilled dessert! Juicy slices of fresh pineapple are delectable when placed on the grill. To give the sweet flavours another boost, sprinkle the grilled pineapple slices with chile flakes.