I don’t know about you, but vegetarian chili usually leaves me wanting more—but not with this recipe. Sweet potato takes the place of a meat because it’s hearty and filling. For that perfect balance of sweet and spicy, throw in smoked paprika, cayenne, and chili powder. Topped with the easiest cornbread croutons you’ll ever make, and you’ve got a delicious vegan chili ready in under a half-hour.
Sweet and Smokey Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili With Cornbread Croutons
Rotisserie chicken is my secret to pulling together a comforting, cheesy, ooey-gooey meal in a pinch. This recipe for enchiladas is a basic go-to recipe of mine. Feel free to add to, subtract from, or experiment with this recipe as a launch point for your own creation. I love making these enchiladas spicy (well, I like almost everything spicy if I can) because the guacamole balances the heat with a cooling creamy goodness. The sky’s the limit!
“Instant” Pulled Chicken Enchiladas & Fresh Guacamole
When I think of classic comfort food, I think of Mom’s Sunday night spaghetti with meatballs and sausage. I’m talking about meatballs and sausage made with love that have been simmering in homemade gravy ALL DAY…yum! But let’s be honest: it’s a Tuesday night, you had a long day, and you want a nice plate of meaty spaghetti PRONTO. Well, here’s my short-cut to a super flavorful, comforting spaghetti dish. The trick to faking that simmering-all-day goodness is cooking the sausage in the same pot as your gravy.
Spaghetti With Spicy Sausage Gravy
The dish may sound complicated for your average weeknight dinner, but it’s not. By doctoring up a few ready-to-go ingredients, like frozen corn and microwave potatoes, we’re skipping some of the hard work but not sacrificing flavor. So let’s get to work and get a delicious, healthful meal on the table in under 30 minutes!
Spicy Flounder With Chipotle-Lime Butter
To me, a perfect fish taco is crispy, spicy, and fresh. Although this dish is a lot of prep work, it’s one of the rare occasions when I prefer to do it myself when the craving strikes, having been disappointed by way too many limp, greasy, and bland fish tacos at restaurants. If you know exactly what I mean, then try my take on fish tacos. On the side, I recommend a sweet and smoky grilled corn salsa with caramelized shallots.
Crispy Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sauce and Charred Corn
If you love Mexican food and you love sushi, why not put them together? Granted, this creation is a loose application of the word sushi, but you get the idea—they’re bite-size roll-ups of bean, cheese, and avocado goodness! Similar to that addictive umami flavor of sushi, these roll-ups pack a ton of flavor, especially if you use a flavored tortilla: spicy salsa balanced by creamy avocado; the heartiness of the beans balanced by the freshness of lime juice and cilantro; and the crunchy topping balanced by the lusciously smooth filling.
These roll-ups make a fun appetizer for entertaining. Or, make them into a meal by adding a side of chips and salsa and a simple quesadilla. Ole!
Vegetarian Mexican “Sushi”
I don’t know about you, but a communal bowl of dip is at the top of my party phobia list. Double-dippers, the bits of other food that break off mid-dip or fall in because of cross-table reachers, and who knows how long that’s been sitting there…gross. I love a good spicy Mexican layer dip, but when it comes to entertaining or sharing, this recipe solves my problem of communal dipping (and the mess!). This recipe combines all your favorite layer dip elements–black beans, corn, onion, and jalapeno–into one smoky-sweet package that’s fried crispy to perfection and topped with a bright, creamy avocado-tomato salsa. Serve inside single scoop tortilla chips, and you’ll never want to share your Mexican dip ever again.
Spicy Fried Sweet Corn-Black Bean Dip Sliders with Avocado-Tomato Salsa
For me, spaghetti and meatballs is one of those classic comfort dishes that mom used to make every Sunday with the whole family. Anyone else get those nostalgia cravings? For this recipe, I was inspired by my mom’s classic meatballs and put a few twists on her marinara sauce: the addition of base veggies and a little heat really takes this marinara to a new level of deliciousness. Enjoy!
Fall-Apart Beef Meatballs With Spicy Marinara Sauce
I finally found it—a use for that lonely can of baby corn that’s been in the pantry for 6 months. What’s great about this recipe is that you can modify it for your preferences. Using beef as the anchor, this recipe allows you to use whatever kinds of vegetables you like (and how much of them you like) and adapt the spice factor to your taste. OK, OK – before you call me out for using bottled sauce on this one, let me remind you that “simple” is central to the Hungry Editor philosophy. After consulting tons of Asian stir fry sauce recipes, I concluded that a sauce requiring roughly 52 ingredients—many of which I knew I’d never use again—was the exact opposite of simple. So take my advice and use this time-saving tip to get a quick, flavorful stir-fry dish on the table in under 30 minutes.
Spicy-Sweet Beef Stir-Fry With Veggies
I’ve never cooked with Mascarpone cheese before, thinking that it was only used for Italian desserts, like a nice Tiramisu. But when I came across a few recipes using it in savory sauces, I had to give it a try. I’m happy to report that it was a success! Compared to cream cheese or heavy cream, Mascarpone is less dense and less sweet, and it emulsifies much easier than butter. With the spice of the sausage and the creaminess of the white beans, the pan gravy perfectly ties this dish together. Throw in a little pasta to soak up all that deliciousness, and you’re all set, in less than a half-hour.
Campanelle With White Beans, Spicy Sausage, and Mascarpone Pan Gravy