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7 Spicy Soups and Stews to Keep You Warm

Did you know that including spicy ingredients in our food helps to raise our body temperature? The higher body temperature, of course, helps us keep warm, and it also helps to burn up calories—which is a great thing this time of the year. 

The temperatures are dropping and cooler days are here to stay. During these cold weather months, our bodies crave comforting foods that are both warming and filling. These soup and stew recipes are all comforting and quite delicious. The recipes range from classics to international ​flavors, as well as meaty and vegetable only recipes; so there is something for everyone. ​​​

  • Baharat Spiced Beef Stew

    This is a heavily seasoned stew with Middle Eastern elements. The heat mild spicy heat and the aromatic baharat seasoning leaves a tingle on the tongue. It is difficult to explain the delicious and complex flavors—you'll love it. The addition of seasonal root vegetables makes it a great option for lunch or dinner. 

  • Chicken Stewed in Cayenne Pepper Sauce

    A medium spicy chicken stew that is inexpensive, easy to prepare, and has minimal cleanup. The combination of sweet, tart, and spicy is satisfying on a cold night. Serve with rice or egg noodles for a complete and warming winter meal. 

  • Korean Spicy Beef Soup (Yukaejang)

    Naomi Imatome-Yun, a Korean food expert, shares this authentic recipe that "warms you from your lips to your toes." Sounds perfect on a chilly day. 

  • Spicy Mexican 'Charro' Beans With Longaniza Sausage

    There is nothing quite like a bowl of beans to warm me right up. This is one of our favorite recipes that can easily be adjusted with whatever ingredients that you have in your refrigerator. The stew has a mild to medium spicy heat.

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  • Doro Wat (Ethiopian Chicken Stew)

    The heat is medium spicy in this Ethiopian onion and chicken stew. It is very aromatic as it includes both berbere spice mix and garam masala, as well as ginger, garlic, and plenty of onions. Doro wat is typically served on top of an Ethiopian bread called injera.

  • Turkey Cajun Stew

    Transform leftover turkey into this spicy Cajun stew. Shrimp, andouille sausage, okra, bacon, veggies, and Cajun seasoning give it a great gumbo-like flavor. It's all cooked in one pot, so clean up is easy, and it's fantastic when served with steamed rice.

  • Slow-Cooker Chicken Tinga

    Chipotle peppers, onion, tomato, and chicken thighs give chicken tinga its signature flavor. This recipe for the Mexican stew is cooked in the slow cooker, though you'll want to brown the chicken and char the tomatoes first. Those two steps add to the smokiness of the peppers and ensure an authentic flavor.

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  • Hot stew and soup is the best remedy for a common cold, or the flu. I am 100% convinced on that.

  • I like chicken stew with some sweet potatoes. It's very delicious. If you haven't tried it you should.

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