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Top 10 Spicy Recipes for Game Day

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If it’s your turn to host the big game this year, your job just got a whole lot easier. These delicious recipes are perfect for anybody throwing a party and feeding guests. Say goodbye to spending all day in the kitchen! Finally, you’ll be able to enjoy the game with your friends and family.

Loaded Potato Skins with Cayenne Pepper

Loaded potato skins are a classic among sports fans everywhere, and this tasty cayenne version is perfect whether you’re a heat seeker or not. Want something a bit milder? Load your potato skins up with sour cream. Want them super spicy? Garnish with a sprinkle of ghost pepper flakes!

Potato Skins With Sonoran Spice Cayenne Pepper Powder
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Potato Skins with Cayenne Pepper

Here’s a game day classic, the loaded potato skins. Hidden below the cheese is a sprinkling of salt, pepper and cayenne pepper for a zesty kick that makes each bite perfect. Serve with sour cream and green onions on top!
Calories 1917kcal
Author Sonoran Spice


  • 3 Russet Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 4 strips Bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 tsp Sonoran Spice Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 cups Colby Jack Cheese shredded
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions


  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Wash and dry potatoes and piece each one with a fork multiple times.
  • Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes or until your can pierce through easily with a knife.
  • Cut each potato lengthwise and scoop out the center.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a pan to cover the bottom, and add each potato skin face down until the edges get golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and season with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  • Add cheese and bacon and place back in oven until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions.


Calories: 1917kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 88g | Fat: 120g | Saturated Fat: 65g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 4535mg | Potassium: 3174mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2624IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 1891mg | Iron: 8mg

Chipotle Chili Queso Dip

Queso dip is another game-day classic, and for good reason: it’s super-easy to make, it stays warm in the slow cooker, and it is a crowd-pleaser! It can be served with chips, fresh-baked bread, or even veggies. This chipotle chili version packs a punch with its smoky flavors.

Chili Queso Dip With Sonoran Spice Chipotle Powder
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Chili Queso Dip with Chipotle Powder

Just add your ingredients to a warm skillet, stir and serve! This chili queso dip is a perfect combination of cheese, chili, salsa and chipotle that makes a great dip for tortilla chips, fresh baked bread or veggies.
Calories 480kcal
Author Sonoran Spice


  • 1 Can Chili 14.7 oz
  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese 8 oz
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp Sonoran Spice Chipotle Powder


  • In a skillet over medium heat, add chili and cream cheese.
  • Stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is heated through.
  • Next, stir in salsa, shredded cheese and chipotle powder. Continue to cook until bubbling.
  • Serve warm with tortilla chips!


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 1197mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2037IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 834mg | Iron: 1mg

Texas Toast Pizzas With Sonoran Spice Habanero Flakes

Your house will smell amazing when you pull these crispy Texas Toast Pizzas out of the oven! Sprinkled with hot habanero flakes and covered in melty cheese, this recipe definitely takes toast up several notches.

Texas Toast Pizzas with Sonoran Spice Habanero Flakes
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Texas Toast Pizzas with Habanero Flakes

This super easy appetizer is a go-to for any event. Using only a handful of ingredients you can create delicious mini pizzas that everyone will love. For the hot and spicy enthusiasts, sprinkle a little habanero flakes on top for an extra kick!
Calories 1045kcal
Author Sonoran Spice


  • 6 pieces Garlic Texas Toast frozen
  • 2 cups Colby Jack Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Mini Pepperonis
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Habanero Flakes for sprinkling


  • Bake toast according to package directions.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese onto the top of each piece, then add pepperoni and seasonings.
  • Place back in the oven for a minute then broil on low watching carefully until cheese is bubbly.


Calories: 1045kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 85g | Saturated Fat: 53g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 1595mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2624IU | Calcium: 1840mg | Iron: 3mg

Spicy Tenders With Sonoran Spice Ghost Pepper Flakes

Talk about a perfect finger food: you won’t even have to take your eyes off the TV screen to eat these spicy tenders. Though they may make your eyes water if you don’t take it easy on the ghost pepper flakes and the hot sauce! We recommend having some ranch dressing on hand to cool down each bite.

spicy chicken tenders using ghost pepper flakes
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Spicy Tenders with Ghost Pepper Flakes

For the perfect, shareable appetizer that packs the heat, try these chicken tenders that are seasoned with paprika, garlic powder and ghost pepper. Serve with a side of ranch dressing to cool down each bite.
Calories 1143kcal
Author Sonoran Spice


  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Sonoran Spice Ghost Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Hot Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • In a shallow dish or bake ware, combine flour, breadcrumbs, paprika, ghost pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Toss to combine.
  • In a separate bowl combine egg and hot sauce. Dip each piece of chicken in your hot sauce mixture then the breadcrumb mixture, pressing it into the chicken.
  • Place each piece on the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes then flip them over.
  • Make sure they are no longer pink inside. Sprinkle with additional ghost pepper flakes if desired and serve with ranch.


Calories: 1143kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 120g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 454mg | Sodium: 2692mg | Potassium: 2010mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1359IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 10mg

Turmeric Hummus or Mediterranean Hummus

Here’s two for one! Hummus is a crowd-pleasing dip that you can serve with crackers, chips, veggies or pita. Plus, it can easily be made vegetarian or vegan. Turmeric adds vibrant yellow coloring to the first recipe, while the Mediterranean Hummus features our spicy ghost pepper flakes.

Turmeric Hummus With Sonoran Spice Turmeric Powder
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Turmeric Hummus with Turmeric Powder

With the health benefits of turmeric, it’s a no-brainer to add it to your hummus recipe. It offers a vibrant color and a savory twist to an otherwise original appetizer. Serve with fresh carrots, celery and chips.
Calories 260kcal
Author Sonoran Spice


  • 2 cloves Garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 can 15.5 oz Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans drained
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp Sonoran Spice Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Add all ingredients to a food
    processor and continue to pulse until mixture becomes creamy.
  • Serve with carrots, celery and chips or pita.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2338mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
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Mediterranean Hummus Plate

Feeling like hummus could use a little more flavor? Why not add some ghost pepper flakes to the mix? Each bite is filled with a creamy and spicy flavor perfect to go along with kalamata olives and crispy pita bread.
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 people
Calories 49kcal


  • 2 cloves Garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 can Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans drained
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil for Drizzle Extra Virgin
  • Sonoran Spice Ghost Pepper Flakes
  • Kalamata and Green Olives
  • Feta Cheese
  • Grape Tomatoes halved
  • Dill
  • Pita Chips


  • Add garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Next add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice
    salt and paprika. Pulse until creamy then add to a plate.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle Ghost Pepper on top. Serve with olives, feta, dill, tomatoes and pita chips.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Carolina Reaper Baked Chicken Wings

Who wants a game-day party without wings? Not us! And if you like your chicken crispy, crunchy, and HOT, then you’ll enjoy these spicy Carolina Reaper chicken wings. Our Carolina Reaper powder makes it easy to add as much spiciness as you want to your wings!

Carolina Reaper Chicken Wings
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Carolina Reaper Baked Chicken Wings

These lightened up hot wings are ultra crispy, moist, and flavorful! You will never know they were baked, not fried!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword carolina reaper, carolina reaper chicken wings, chicken, chicken wings, hot wings, wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 1217kcal
Author Kaylee Dey


  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sonoran Spice Company Carolina Reaper Powder


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Combine spices into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Pat wings dry with a paper towel and season with the spice mixture. Coat with flour and place them skin side down onto the pan.
  • Spray with cooking spray and bake for 30 minutes. flip then over and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Place them onto a paper towel covered plate and let cool for 5 minutes.


These wings can be made as customizable as you’d like. Feel free to play around with different spices and different ratios. The flavor combinations are endless!


Calories: 1217kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 93g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 377mg | Sodium: 2686mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1705IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 6.5mg

Spicy Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Ghost Pepper Powder

This may be a bit more adventurous than your classic wings or queso dip, but it’ll definitely showcase your cooking skills. If you want, you can make shrimp skewers to transform this recipe into game-ready finger food.

Ghost Pepper Shrimp with Sonoran Spice Ghost Pepper Powder
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Spicy Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Ghost Pepper

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Keyword barbacoa recipe, cilantro, curry, garlic, ghost pepper, onion, peas, rice, Shrimp Tacos, spicy shrimp, turmeric
Servings 4 people
Calories 534kcal
Author Sonoran Spice
Cost $25



  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ghost pepper powder
  • 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 2 lb medium or large shrimps peeled with tail
  • 1 lb snow peas
  • 1 lime in juice
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 bunch Fresh cilantro
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper



  • If you bought frozen shrimps, remember to defrost them overnight in the fridge.
  • In a big pot, add the canola oil and sauté the onion on high heat. When the onion starts to be tender, add garlic, ginger, turmeric and Ghost pepper powder, stir well and let it for 4 minutes.
  • Then, add the shrimps and sauté for 5 minutes. Pour the coconut milk with 1/2 cup water and add the red bell pepper, snow peas, lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro. Mix well. Bring it to boil and reduce the heat. Let it cook for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with basmati rice and fresh cilantro on the top.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2389IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 5mg

Jalapeno Popper Mac N Cheese

Jalapeno poppers are eaten all over the country as people watch their favorite teams win the championship… but how many people are eating jalapeno popper mac and cheese? One-up the competition with this delicious cheesy recipe!

jalapeno mac n cheese with sonoran spice jalapeno powder
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Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

It’s your favorite spicy appetizer, but inside mac and cheese! Made with cheddar cheese, chopped jalapenos and jalapeno powder, it’s hard to get this recipe wrong. Serve it up for dinner and watch it disappear.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 441kcal
Cost $15


  • 1 1/2 cup Uncooked Macaroni
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Panko or Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Sonoran Spice Jalapeno Powder
  • 1 cup Canned Jalapenos Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper To taste


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Melt butter in pan and add flour.
  • Cook over low heat for about 2 minutes stirring constantly to make a roux.
  • Gradually add in a milk, whisking until smooth.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes, whisking constantly until you reach desired consistency.
  • Add in shredded cheddar cheese, and jalapeno powder and stir until the melted and smooth.
  • Add drained macaroni to sauce and stir until coated. Stir in jalapenos.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs or panko and broil in the oven for a crispier finish.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 2578mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 3407IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 307mg | Iron: 3mg

These quick recipes are sure to please even the pickiest eaters and leave enough time for you to fully enjoy the game with your loved ones. Try them out and let us know how they worked out! You can find any Sonoran Spice products used in these recipes below, or visit our website at sonoranspice.com. Happy cooking!

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