11 Spicy Vegan Dishes for Hot Sauce Lovers
Turn the heat up—all the way up—with these scrumptiously spicy recipes that are also meat- and dairy-free.
If you’re anything like the author of this article, you believe that every taco, sandwich, or plate of noodles is bettered by a scorching dash of fiery hot sauce or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. While for some, spice may be exclusively reserved for curries, hot wings, and chili, a strong kick can be enjoyed in pretty much anything these days due to the culinary creativity of our favorite chefs and bloggers. From subtly spicy jalapeño to blowtorch-level habanero, here are 11 ways to get all fired up.
1. Seitan Fajitas with Papaya-Habanero Salsa
Sizzling hot fajitas are the perfect way to turn yawn-inducing veggies into a party in your mouth. This recipe from Spicie Foodie combines hearty seitan and bright bell peppers with abundant seasoning (think onion, garlic, cumin, and cayenne), then takes it to the next level with papaya-habanero salsa. The cool sweetness of papaya perfectly compliments red-hot habanero, but be careful—a little ‘nero goes a long way!
2. Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels with Salsa Cream Cheese
See the softer side of spice with these doughy, cheesy wonders from Strawberry Pepper. Store-bought bagels can’t compare to these fresh, homemade ones topped with vegan cheddar, and the perfect complement is an accompanying spicy salsa cream cheese with tomato and garlic. The result: a hint of wake-me-up heat for the pre-11am scene.
3. Broccoli in Hot Garlic Sauce
Healthy and hot go hand in hand (in more ways than one). Our old pal broccoli gets a spicy makeover in this recipe from Spicy Treats. Red chile flakes, red onion, garlic, and hot sauce are just a few of the elements that pack this dish with vibrant, Eastern-inspired flavor. Plus, it’s easily customized to suit your personal heat tolerance (PHT?).
4. Strawberry Habanero Margaritas
Margaritas are typically the antidote to a spicy Mexican meal, but these Strawberry Habanero Margaritas from Spabettie have a unique twist. In addition to their inclusion of juicy strawberry and super-hot habanero, they have a coconut water base that adds a little je ne sais quoi. And did we mention the tequila? Because that doesn’t hurt either.
5. Sriracha Habanero Vegan Buffalo Wings
When two fires combine, do they form an even bigger fire? Does one swallow the other, or does a gate to hell just open on the spot? These questions can only be answered when one makes Olives For Dinner’s Sriracha Habanero Vegan Buffalo Wings, which spike an already-peppery Sriracha glaze with merciless habanero. Thankfully, the recipe includes a parsley-garlic “cooling sauce.”
6. Facon Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Vegan blogger Tia Tofu says that these flavor-packed bites are the “best vegan appetizer ever,” and who are we to argue when they consist of zesty jalapeños smeared with garlic-and-onion cream cheese and vegan cheddar, and then the whole dang thing is wrapped in a smoky slice of meat-free bacon? Our idea: leave the seeds in the jallies if you’re feeling brave.
7. Chocolate Sriracha Ice Cream
Confused by the idea of a hot frozen dessert? Nope, it won’t melt faster than any other ice cream—it’s the sriracha and cinnamon that bring this creamy creation to our list. Think Mexican hot chocolate on steroids, and in your freezer. You’ll be surprised by how well pepper sauce fits in with its smooth coconut-milk base.
8. Caramelized Onion Buffalo Tarts
Blogger Spabettie is clearly a big fan of buffalo—in addition to her ability to conjugate this tangy sauce into seemingly endless dip creations, she also pioneered the vegan Caramelized Onion Buffalo Tart. Stuffed with soy curls, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, vegan cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar, celery, and sweet caramelized onions, these savory pastries are to-die-for.
9. DIY Chile Garlic Sauce
Wishing you could customize your very own chile sauce (and subsequently smear it on every food in sight)? This guide from Healthy Green Kitchen helps you set the stage for a condiment ranging from pleasantly piquant to … well … remember that episode of The Simpsons when Homer eats the Guatemalan insanity peppers at the chili cook-off, starts hallucinating, and goes on a spirit quest in the desert with a coyote voiced by Johnny Cash? Like that, if you so desire.
10. Spicy Kimchi Soup
We love the distinctively spicy flavor of Korean kimchi, and this Spicy Kimchi Soup features it front and center alongside a satisfying medley of veggies (tofu, mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots galore). You can also include gochugaru, or red chile pepper powder, to make this stew even more red-hot.
11. Roasted Butternut Squash Sliders with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Sriracha Mayo
Is any good countdown really complete without a juicy (veggie) burger? We think not. So feast your eyes (and hopefully your stomach) on these Roasted Butternut Squash Sliders from Vegan Richa. The devil’s in the details: caramelized onions and sriracha mayo make these sandwiches truly drool-worthy. Our next step: keep a vat of spicy mayo on the premises at all times.
Photo: Olives For Dinner
Cape Cod Restaurants Take On Vegan Challenge
Local vegan group successfully challenges eateries to add vegan options during the month of October.
Read More »
The 9 Best Vegan Breakfasts on Instagram
From smoothie bowls to a meaty fast-food throwback, we round up the most like-worthy breakfasts on Instagram.
Read More »
10 Drinks with Benefits
Say goodbye to traditional beverages with an array of drinks that offer both health and social benefits.
Read More »
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Rehydrate after all those active adventures with this bright and juicy summer salad.
Read More »
Blueberry Lavender Popsicles
This incredible fusion of flavor makes for a refreshing treat on a hot afternoon.
Read More »
- Mango Slushie
- Three Cool-Down Treats for Hot Summer Days
- 8 Best Places for Vegan Frozen Yogurt
- Guide to Vegan Ethiopian Food
- Vegan Meal Delivery Services (with Discount Codes!)
- 9 Game-Changing Nut Butters Were Loving
- An Open Letter to Coffeehouses Who Charge for Soy Milk ...
- 5 Ways to Create a Great Vegan Picnic
- The VegNews Guide to Vegan Milk
- Going Vegan: How One Meat-Serving Restaurant is Catering to the Meat-Free
- Sneak Preview: What's on the Menu at Chloe Coscarelli's NYC Restaurant?
- 14 Reasons Why Pitchfork Music Festival Is Vegan Paradise
- Vegan Meringue Has Arrived
- Morrissey Uses NYC Concert to Promote Veganism
- Top 10 Male Vegan Bloggers
- How to Veganize Any Recipe: Sweet Edition
- 10 Foods You Never Thought Youd Eat Again
- 5 Ingenius Ways to Eat Chocolate Chips
- Subscriber Appreciation Month Giveaway: Miyoko's Kitchen
- A Vegan Mothers Day Your Mom Will Love