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New and exciting flavor combinations are what makes experimenting in the kitchen so much fun! Here are over 20 sweet and spicy recipes, perfect for when you want a little heat with your sweet.
Most often you see sweet and salty combined or even sweet and sour, but I went searching for some great snacks and recipes that feature the marriage of SWEET and SPICY and now I have a list of delicious new foods to try!
Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Recipes
Sweet and Spicy Snacks
Something magical happens when you grill pineapple. It caramelizes all the natural sugars and adds a new depth of flavor to this refreshing salsa. Peppers and pineapple go together so well, and this salsa is perfect for carne asada or fish tacos, too!
One year we hosted Thanksgiving at our house because most of the family was out of town for the holiday. I decided to do something a bit different for cranberries and tried this cranberry “salsa” served over cream cheese.
It was such a delicious appetizer and it looks so pretty on the plate! My fledgling photography skills didn’t do it justice. The heat from the jalapenos and tart cranberries are perfectly balanced with the cream cheese and salty crackers!
Sweet and Spicy Main Dishes
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese sandwiches aren’t just spicy. They are creamy, sweet, spicy and just plain old AWESOME! The sweetness comes from apricot preserves (or even concord grape jelly) and cream cheese. I know it might sound weird, but trust me. TRY IT.
Here are some others ideas for combining spicy and sweet together:
- Pineapples in spicy BBQ sauce- serve it with meatballs over rice
- Thai style pineapple chicken fried rice (with red pepper flakes)
- Jalapeno poppers with sweet jelly dipping sauce
- Pulled pork sandwiches with sweet jalapeno BBQ sauce
- Sloppy Joes with some heat (try cayenne powder or chipotle peppers)
- Orange chicken with spicy sauce
- Chocolate and chili
Are you craving chipotle, sriracha or jalapeno yet? Did I miss anything that you think I should add to the list?
Post updated 8/2022
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I love these suggestions sweet and spicy is such a great combination
TakeActionWAHM ツ (@TakeActionWAHM) says
Awesome roundup, Nicole! That jalapeno popper grilled cheese is calling my name…
Diana Rambles says
What a great collection of recipes. Glad I saw this before I made my shopping list.
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YUM! That cranberry salsa looks and sounds delicious! That would be the perfect combination of tart and spice!
My kids always dipped their fries in their milkshakes too. I’ve never understood it. You have some great recipe options here for sweet and spicy foods.
Katie Clark says
I love chobani flips, but I had a hard time with these sweet and spicy ones. I think I’ll stick with the traditional ones, haha. But I normally do love a good sweet and spicy combination – you have some great ideas here!
So many great recipe ideas! And I like the flavored chobani too! Going to look for that! 🙂
Danita Carr says
I recently started eating Flips and love them! I haven’t tried these flavors yet but they do sound good.
Emily, Our house now a home says
I am not too into the spicy, but my husband is. He would love to try all of these!
Charbel Barker says
Yum! I love the combination of sweet and spicy! These look delicious 🙂
I have a real love for all things spicy! These recipes sound fantastic!!
Grilled Pineapple salsa is one of my favs!