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These Recipes Prove That Sweet and Spicy Is the Best Flavor Combo Ever

Honey Sriracha Chicken Zoodle Bowls

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Zoodles are the perfect choice when you're looking for a low-carb, low-calorie, gluten-free option. Add vegetables, chicken for protein, and a sauce; the honey will tone down the flavor of the sriracha.

Get the recipe: Honey Sriracha Chicken Zoodle Bowls

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Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

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Strawberries add an element of sweetness to the jalapeños, onion, and cilantro. When served with whole-grain chips, this salsa makes a downright healthy snack.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

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Sweet and Spicy Chex Mix

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When your taste buds can't decide between chocolate, salty, or savory, reach for a handful of this Chex mix. Maple syrup and cinnamon are combined with chipotle, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper to give an irresistible kick.

Get the recipe: Sweet and Spicy Chex Mix

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Fiesta Ice Pops

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While not the typical flavor you expect when you think of spicy, fresh ginger packs a punch. These ice pops combine the ginger with lemon, lime, and honey for a refreshing and refined sugar-free treat.

Get the recipe: Fiesta Ice Pops

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chili

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The secret to a well-balanced chili recipe is the addition of brown sugar. This slow cooker chili is made without beans, but feel free to substitute the beef for a vegetarian version.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chili

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Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita

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Margarita purists might be leery about trying this recipe, but trust us when we tell you it will become a go-to cocktail. The jalapeño and tequila cut through the syrupy sweet watermelon purée with a little bite. Whip up a pitcher and invite your friends over for an end-of-week happy hour.

Get the recipe: Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita

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Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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One of the ultimate comfort foods is mashed potatoes. This version upgrades the classic with chipotle peppers in adobe to keep the sweet potatoes from tasting like dessert. One bite and you'll be hooked on this side dish.

Get the recipe: Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Honey Jalapeño Salad Dressing

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With less sugar than bottled dressing, this six-ingredient recipe is delicious and can be blended in under five minutes. Pour it over tacos or salads, or use it as a sauce for chicken.

Get the recipe: Honey Jalapeño Salad Dressing

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Slow Cooker Sweet Fire Chicken

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When you're feeling uninspired, or ahem, lazy, there's no better invention than a slow cooker. The pineapple chunks and sweet chili sauce will appease non-spice lovers, or you can serve it with a sprinkle of sriracha to increase the heat. This recipe cooks on low for five hours and makes flavorful chicken that rivals any Asian restaurant.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet Fire Chicken

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Mexican Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

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Mexican chocolate is different from what we're used to in the United States. Along with cacao it has cinnamon, and sometimes nutmeg, allspice, or even chilies. This Mexican-inspired hot chocolate breaks the mold with the addition of cayenne pepper. If you're feeling particularly ambitious you could top it with homemade, vegan coconut whipped cream.

Get the recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

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