Spicy Recipes Roundup – Soups and Stews

It’s around this time of the year when the temperatures start dipping below the 50s and Fall begins to make its slow exit. We had our first snow fall (or light dusting actually) in Jersey last week! I was certain it was the beginning of a early Winter but nooo, this Jersey weather is just too unpredictable, it reached 60 degrees this weekend! It’s what I’ve come to expect living here in the Northeast, you just can’t pin down the weather but there’s still a nice chill to make you crave a spicy bowl of hot soup. That’s why I started collecting a few recipes to bring you this week’s spicy recipes roundup: soups and stews! Check out these drool worthy recipes…


Clockwise from the top: 1. Spicy Pozole from yours truly, Hot Lollies. This is one of my favorite soups! 2. Spicy Winter Vegetable and Coconut Sambal soup from Taste magazine. 3. Spicy Kale and Roasted Pepper soup from Cooking on the Weekends. 4. Spicy Crab soup from the Gourmet Traveller. 5. Hot and Sour soup from Food and Wine magazine.



Taqueria Downtown: Spicy Food to Warm the Soul

It’s been a little damp here the past couple of days and unseasonably warm for December. Just really odd weather, cold and chilly one night and then it shoots up 20 degrees the next day. Now the weather folks are saying snow tomorrow! Huh?! Is this a sign of a frigid winter to come?

Well, if that’s the case, I’m ready. Gloves? Check. Shovel? Check. Dog friendly ice melter? Check. Easy access to one of the best Mexican food spots in the area in case I don’t feel like cooking? Check! Now I love to cook and will share many of my recipes but sometimes I just want to go somewhere and enjoy amazing food. So on chilly, cold, or wet day like today, I love to go to one of my favorite places for authentic Mexican food,  Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City, NJ

This place is no-nonsense though. You order at the counter, you grab a seat, the food is brought to you, eat and split. That’s it, nothing fancy, awesome food and it’s BYOB. Oh and they have their public list of 10 rules or commandments about not serving up “guacamole side shows” or fajitas, and foregoing the bright Mexican decorations which many have come to expect at Mexican establishments but not here which is fine by me. All I want is great food and pleasant service. Let’s start with the soup. The Pozole is a must and one of my favorites but unfortunately it’s only offered on weekends.

The Pozole is a red broth soup made with pork, cabbage, hominy and served with sides of diced onions, cilantro and lime for extra toppings. This soup is spicy hot and will definitely get your sinuses cleared! It’s on my list of dishes I need to learn to make. The Tortilla Soup is pretty awesome too, it’s a little creamy which is different than what I’m use to making but the flavor is so good and comes topped with crema, avocados and smokey, roasted peppers. I can’t wait to go back for more.

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything there that wasn’t delicious. The tacos are so good and are made using basic ingredients…meat, onions, cilantro and a homemade spicy salsa. That’s it and that’s all you need.

Good food on a cold, chilly, snowy, rainy, sunny or any day? Check. OK, now I need to go get some!