6 Hot and Spicy American Food Recipes

The American people pride themselves on being adventurous people. That's especially true when it comes to food. Spicy foods can either be someone's favorite type of food or their least favorite. Even if you dislike spicy foods, you can't deny the punch of flavor that these foods deliver. From wings to soups and everything in between, here's a collection of recipes dedicated to those who like their flavors big and bold.

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    Buffalo Hot Wings

    Buffalo Hot Wings

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    This is a variation on the classic Buffalo chicken wings recipe. This simple hot wings recipe is perfect for any party and works with several dips. They are especially popular for Superbowl game day parties. This particular recipe features the New York famous Frank's hot sauce. It also offers various ways to amp up the heat if you're up for it.

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    Seattle Hot Dog

    Seattle Hot Dogs

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    A favorite from street vendors, Seattle hot dogs are easy to make at home. The hot dogs are cut open then quickly fried, and the buns are toasted in the same pan. Then it's time to add the spicy toppings, including jalapeño slices, sautéed onions, and sauerkraut. The cream cheese adds a cool contrast. If you feel daring, add Sriracha or go with brown mustard.

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    Honey Sriracha Meatballs

    Honey Sriracha Meatballs
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    Sriracha sauce is a favorite ingredient for spicy American foods. It's the key ingredient for these honey Sriracha meatballs, which have some Asian-inspired flavors. The ground turkey meatballs include garlic and scallion, while the sauce gets wonderful depth from soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger. Combine the two, serve them over rice, and you have a dinner that any spicy food lover will devour.

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    Spicy Grilled Shrimp

    Marinated Grilled Shrimp

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    This spicy grilled shrimp recipe is an easy, but impressive, seafood dish. A few hours in the spicy marinade and these shrimp are ready for the fire. This recipe does require the shrimp to have their shell on for maximum flavor but it is just as tasty if you would rather peel them.

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    Sausage and Chicken Gumbo

    Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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    This gumbo recipe is a spicy, meaty, comforting Cajun stew, usually served with rice. Andouille sausage is a traditional ingredient in gumbo recipes, but any spicy, smoked sausage will work in this classic American recipe. This dish is sure to impress family and guests.

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    Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup

    Kale sausage soup
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    Kale is one of the most nutritious greens out there, and pairs perfectly with sausage in this very hearty spicy sausage and kale soup. This soup is perfect for a chilly night when you want the extra warmth. It's best served with some buttery biscuits or crusty bread on the side.