New and exciting flavor combos are all the the rage right now, and you know me-I’m so trendy, right? 😉 I live to serve, so I put together over 30 ways to make your life sweet and spicy. Because Chipotle Pineapple is the new Salted Caramel. (You heard it here first!) Thanks to Chobani for sponsoring this fun collection!
I had a friend in high school who would dip french fries in her milkshake. I thought she was so weird. Why on earth would you take a hot, salty fry and then dip it in something freezing cold and SWEET? Well, it turns out she was not alone, and apparently way ahead of the trend of flavor combinations. (Helloooooo, salted caramel!) Now that I’ve grown up and developed my palate a bit, I really enjoy trying new flavors. 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 Breakfasts
Toast with Homemade Hot Pepper Jelly from A Fork’s Tale
Chipotle Cranberry Granola from Not Too Shabby Gabby
Strawberry Basil Black Pepper Smoothie from The Seaman Mom
Sriracha Mango “flip” from Chobani
We tried the new “flip” cups from Chobani recently and now my refrigerator is full of them. They have so many flavors and Jared went on and on about the salted pretzel caramel flavor. It’s perfect for dessert. But for a sweet and spicy twist on breakfast, I’d go with one of these!
Sweet and Spicy Snacks
Chipotle Pineapple “flip” from Chobani
Baked Brie with Hot Pepper Jelly and Pear from Trial and Eater
Sriracha Teriyaki Bacon Chicken Bites from Sprinkle Some Fun
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!
Sweet and Spicy Orange Meatballs from Num’s the Word
Sticky Chicken Fingers from The Chunky Chef
Sriracha Maple Roasted Cashews from Make the Best of Everything
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!
Sriracha Candied Bacon from Macheesmo
Sriracha Cheese Ball from Frugal Foodie Mama
Mango Salsa (one of my most popular recipes)
Pomegranate Guacamole from Blue i Style
Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Persnickety Plates
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.
Sriracha Salmon from We Are Far From Normal
Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers from Coffee with us Three
Sweet and Spicy Sausage Skillet from Foody Schmoody
Vegan Al Pastor Tacos from Contentedness Cooking
Spicy Jalapeno Mango Shrimp from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir Fry from Domestic Superhero
Orange BBQ Ribs from Frugal Foodie Mama
Caribbean Habanero Chicken Skewers from The Chunky Chef
Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken from Dinner, then Dessert
I asked in my Facebook group (click here to join us!) what everyone’s favorite way to combine sweet and spicy was. Here are their answers:
- 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
- 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? I’ll admit, my shopping list kept getting longer and longer as I checked out all these great recipes and snack ideas! 🙂 The easiest one to try would be Chobani Flips. You can get them at any major grocery retailer. Let me know which flavor you try and what you think of it!