If you’re prone to sinus issues, you’ve probably spent plenty of time looking up ways to keep your sniffer clear and free of cold and flu bugs — especially in the winter. I know after struggling with my sinuses my whole life, I personally like to avoid letting painful headaches ruin my day by adding some extra hot sauce to my meals when I start to feel even the slightest bit under the weather. For fans of spicy dishes like me, it’s a delicious way to feel better faster.
Of course, there’s no shame in being sensitive to spice levels when it comes to the food you eat. Each of the dishes below can be modified with more or less of their fiery ingredients to add just the right amount of heat depending on your palate. Take a look to see which scrumptiously spicy recipe you’ll want to whip up to keep your sinuses happy and clear all winter long!
Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tieghan, the blogger behind Half Baked Harvest, raves about this unique twist on classic chicken tortilla soup: "Honestly, this is one of those soup recipes that can be made just about any time of the year. It’s that good and that easy." For her take on the spicy soup, Tieghan uses two cans of enchilada sauce to really pack a flavor punch. Then she tops each bowl with lots of avocado, cheese, cilantro, and lime.
Check out the full recipe on Half Baked Harvest!
Spanish Baked Eggs with Roasted Garlic and Olives
Kristen from the Endless Meal roasts two heads of garlic whole and adds authentic Hojiblanca olives from Spain to give this dish its distinct taste. According to her, these olives have a mild flavor which makes them perfect for piling into the recipe (and snacking on while you cook). You can whip this up for a savory breakfast or save it for a delicious dinner — it will taste just as great no matter what time of day it is.
Check out the full recipe on the Endless Meal!
Sriracha Refrigerator Pickles
Valerie of Valerie's Kitchen got a little help from her oldest son for this zingy pickle recipe. The mom of four boys gave these pickles a glowing review: "After a couple of days soaking in the flavorful brine, they are zoom-pow, someone help me I can’t stop eating these — good." On top of usual brine ingredients, Valerie adds an extra kick of heat with sriracha sauce and some crushed red pepper.
Check out the full recipe on Valerie's Kitchen!
Nashville Hot Chicken
The Nashville locals at the Loveless Cafe use the same recipe they've had since 1951, which gets its hefty spice level from hefty amount of cayenne pepper heating the sauce up. After smothering a freshly fried slab of chicken in the sauce, serve it on a slice o fTexas toast or plain white bread with a few dill pickles. The cafe shares hundreds of recipes online, including this one and other Cafe dishes. Their made-from-scratch biscuit recipe, on the other hand, will always remain a secret.
Check out the full recipe on the Loveless Cafe website!