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10 Spicy Recipes Featuring Chili Peppers

10 Flavorful Recipes Infused with Chili Peppers

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They may bring tears to your eyes, but chili peppers can fire up your metabolism and ease sinus problems. And now these spicy hot veggies are gaining a rep as a great food for weight loss. A recent study from the University of Wyoming suggests that capsaicin, the ingredient that gives these peppers their hot taste, can help you lose weight by turning white fat into brown fat. To slim down, turn up the heat in the kitchen with healthy recipes featuring these blazing red-hot peppers. (And add these 22 New Winter Foods for Weight Loss to your healthy diet.)

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Breakfast Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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Kick off your day with some real zest courtesy of these vegetarian-friendly stuffed chiles from A Spicy Perspective. This breakfast dish substitutes your usual meat and rice with scrambled eggs and hash browns for a unique morning meal.

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Green Chili and Roasted Tomato Guacamole

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Fire up your traditional guac with this delicious recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. Mixing the green chilis with the addictive flavor of avocados turns this dip into an extraordinary appetizer.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Red Chili, Cilantro, and Lime

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We guarantee you've never had cauliflower like this before! While this cruciferous veggie has its own share of health benefits (see: The 9 Biggest Nutrition Trends of 2015), you can amp up its nutritional value with this chili-infused recipe by Rem Cooks.

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{Sweet Chili} Roasted Sweet Potato Spring Rolls

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If you can't take super spicy heat, consider this sweet spring roll recipe by Naturally Ella. The sweet potatoes balance out the spiciness of chili flakes, while still providing a subtle peppery taste.

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Beef Short Rib Chili with Beans

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Hearty, healthy, and oh-so-warm. There's no better way to savor the chili flavor than a bowl of... well... chili. And this beef rib recipe from From Away satisfies any craving you have for this comfort food. (If you still can't get enough of this peppery flavor, try these 10 Healthy Chili Pepper Recipes.)

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Chipotle-Lime Chicken Salad Recipe

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The chipotle-lime vinagrette dressing featured in this salad from Malibu Kitchen will give your lunch a big, bold flavor. The dressing is so addictive and delicious, you'll find yourself adding it to any greens you get your hands on.

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Sweet Potato, Coconut Milk, and Roasted Chili Ravioli

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Your favorite raviolis get a bold and vegan makeover with this recipe from Reclaiming Provincial. It replaces ricotta with a sweet potato-coconut milk mix that's insanely delicious. Add a batch of flaming roasted chiles, and you'll have a meal so powerful in taste, you won't even miss the cheese.

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Vegan Tortilla Soup

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This tortilla soup from Oh She Glows is bursting with an abundance of vegetables—especially peppers. Red and green chiles and bell peppers bring in the heat and a pop of color to this hearty meal. (FInd out how Eating a Rainbow Can Bring You Closer to Your Weight Loss Goals.)

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Sweet Chili Shrimp Stir Fry

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Sweet and spicy flavors abound in this flaming shrimp stir fry. While you're probably thinking this dish is overloaded with calories, this particular recipe is healthier (and just as tasty) than any takeout version. (Speaking of, try these 10 Easy Recipes Tastier Than Takeout Food.)

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Ancho Chili Pumpkin Pie

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Yes, you can even add chili peppers into your favorite dessert, like in this delectable pumpkin pie recipe. As the blogger explains, these ancho peppers aren't as hot their famous red sibling, but they do add a unique layer of depth to this spiced treat.


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