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Mexican Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

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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Slow Cooker Sweet Fire Chicken

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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Honey Jalapeño Salad Dressing

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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Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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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Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita

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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