As the mercury begins to dip, you can keep things sultry in the kitchen by embracing the burgeoning number of hot sauces now available. Once only common in their respective countries, today you can find spicy condiments from around the globe to put on the shelf next to your Tabasco. All instantly pep up nearly any meal—often for virtually no calories—and their fiery kick hails from capsaicin, a phytochemical that may quell appetite and rev up calorie-burning metabolism.
With flavors ranging from tangy to smoky to volcano, there’s something to match every heat tolerance and dish. Start with these six recipes to add flare to your cooking and heat up even the coldest nights. (Prefer things mild? Reduce the amount of sauce called for in these recipes, as all add taste, not just burn.)
If you can't find a hot sauce in your supermarket, look online.