Soup: It’s not just for sick days or side dishes anymore. It’s ready to headline your winter menu STAT. Despite the cold weather, the easy soup recipes below will have you taking off your scarf and rethinking that heavy sweater, because they *really* bring the heat spice-wise. Whether you’re looking for creamy, noodle-filled or super hearty, it’s all here! Tell your taste buds to stop hibernating, grab the nearest pot and start cooking one of these 20 spicy soups to warm your bowl and belly.


1. Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup: Everyone’s favorite spicy sauce meets noodles made of zucchini (aka “zoodles”) in this soup that takes 15 minutes to whip up. It’s a healthy recipe you won’t be able to resist, especially if you add a little grated cheddar and tortilla chips on top. (via Peas & Crayons)


2. Thai Curry Noodle Soup: It’s not hard to see what lends this soup its spice. Just look for the bright red Thai chile peppers floating around the edge of the bowl. The turmeric adds to the beautiful color and rich flavor of the soup, and its an anti-inflammatory for when you’re feeling under the weather. (via Hapa Nom Nom)


3. Jalapeño Popper Chicken Soup: Your favorite spicy appetizer just got upgraded to a main dish that’s zesty and rich enough to warm you up on even the coldest winter night. Combine cream cheese with milk for the creamiest cheese soup your taste buds could ever imagine. (via Creme de la Crumb)


4. Carnitas Soup: This intricate recipe proves that good things come to those who wait. You’ll have to slow-cook pork before you even start making the soup, but it’s well worth it. Use those leftover carnitas for tacos the next night and *everyone* is happy. (via Gimme Some Oven)


5. Thai Curried Pumpkin Soup: Everyone’s favorite seasonal flavor makes its way into spicy soup. And, as it turns out, pumpkin pairs surprisingly well with Thai curry paste — another spicy fave. (via The Adventures of Bob & Shan)


6. Chickpea and Tomato Soup: This one’s this vegan, gluten free and dairy free, and it has a major kick. But the ingredients are adjustable if you want something a tad more mild. Pro tip: Mash the chickpeas to give it a thicker consistency. (via The Healthy Family and Home)


7. West African Peanut Soup: Another vegan option, this recipe proves that the unlikely combination of peanuts, tomatoes, garlic and ginger tastes pretty darn delicious. It’s the easiest way to use up all of your pantry ingredients in one go. (via Cookie + Kate)


8. Chicken and Green Chile Soup: The beauty of crockpot cooking this soup is that it tenderizes the meat and strengthens the flavors all day long while you sit back and relax. With only 10 minutes of prep time and dinner ready by the time you get home from work, this is one soup that will be on your weekly rotation for years to come. (via Eat Yourself Skinny)


9. Spicy Zucchini Soup: The secret ingredient in this soup is day-old bread. Once blended in with the veggies and spicy stuff, it makes this soup thick, filling and super comforting. (via Simply Recipes)


10. Spicy Pork and Mustard Soup: It might not be as quick as prepping your favorite packet of ramen, but you can pick up crispy fried shallots and garlic from an Asian food shop to save prep time. It’s a simple soup using minced pork, which you can buy on sale and keep in the freezer until you’re ready to make this delicacy. (via Ang Sarap)


11. Habanero Spiced Pumpkin Soup: There’s a big difference between spiced pumpkin and pumpkin spice. You won’t regret roasting the pumpkin yourself, but if you’re crunched for time, a can of pumpkin puree works just fine. Expect a nice kick from habanero pepper in this bright orange blend. (via Kitchen Confidante)


12. Spicy Corn and Pepper Soup: Here’s a lovely example of why sugar and spice have gone together since the beginning of time. This recipe brings together fresh, sweet corn and spicy jalapeños. Just a warning: It will make you miss summer like mad. (via Naturally Ella)


13. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup: Prep time only takes 10 minutes for this soup! Then you can just let it slow cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours — whatever fits your schedule. Invite all your gluten-free friends over when it’s done. (via Gimme Some Oven)


14. Raw Coconut Bok Choy Soup: You don’t need actual heat to give your soup some. This raw soup is plenty hot thanks to a blend of cumin, turmeric and raw garlic. Don’t be afraid to serve it slightly warmed if cool soup isn’t your thing. (via Rawmazing)


15. Sriracha Ramen Noodle Soup: Your favorite sitcom probably runs at 22 minutes per episode, and in that time you can whip up a bowl of these spicy noodles. Pro tip: The noodles only need to cook about two minutes, so hold off on adding them until after you’ve adjusted the seasoning to taste. (via Baker by Nature)


16. Spicy Black Bean Soup: Vegetarians and vegans have long loved black beans because they offer a delicious and hearty helping of protein — this classic soup is no exception. Just be sure to adjust the red pepper flakes to taste and don’t overdo it (unless you want to!). (via Hurry the Food Up)


17. Shrimp Pho: This savory soup is incredibly versatile — pho real. You can substitute your favorite protein for shrimp or swap out traditional rice noodles for thin, whole-wheat spaghetti. Do it up your way for a bowl you’ll absolutely love. (via Chef Savvy)


18. Spicy Lentil Soup: If you’re not a big lover of beets, get ready to have your mind changed. The combination of roasted red beets, delicata squash and lentils makes for a hearty soup, while the combination of spices gives it that warmth you’re craving. (via Produce on Parade)


19. Bun Bo Hue: Pho gets all of the spotlight, but this other Vietnamese soup deserves your attention too. If you’re having trouble finding annatto seeds and shrimp paste, check out your local Asian grocers. (via I Am a Food Blog)


20. Turkey Spicy Miso Ramen: Use your turkey or roast chicken leftovers for this take on a classic miso ramen soup. To prevent your eggs from breaking, crack them into a ladle and slowly lower them into the soup. (via Cooking With a Wallflower)

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