If you can’t take the heat, you can either get out of the kitchen...or get in there and make some spicy food.
Spicy food increases perspiration, which on first glance may not seem like such a desirable goal in the midst of a heat wave. But take it from countless cultures that subside on spicy food in sweltering climates: Food that heats your mouth cools your body.
With that in mind, here are nine recipes for three-alarm condiments. From a quick salsa to a more complex hot sauce, they all pull double duty to add fabulous fiery flavor to your meal, while offering a bit of “glow” to cool you down.
(Tip: When handling chilies, wear gloves to protect your hands and anything your hands may touch later. Your fingers, eyes and other sensitive areas will thank you.)
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