Serving up some spicy soup recipes is perfect for the winter. These recipes will warm and soothe you after a long day, regardless of the temps outside! What’s more interesting is that you can make different kinds of spicy soups to keep you warm every day. So read on to learn all the spicy soup recipes your family will love!
Spicy Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm This Winter
1. Carnitas Caldo (Carnitas Soup)
First on our list of spicy soup recipes is a Mexican soup, authentically seasoned with tender carnitas and yummy avocado. It’s inspired by Rick Bayless’s XOCO restaurant located in Chicago, and it is perfect for 6 to 8 servings. The secret to this Mexican spicy soup is that the leftovers taste better each time you warm it up.
For the soup:
- 1 large white onion (peeled and diced)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 cups potato-masa dumplings
- 1 chayote sliced into matchsticks (remove skin and core)
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 5 to 6 cups cooked pork carnitas
- 1 to 3 roasted Serrano peppers
- 2 diced avocados
- 6 to 8 cups fresh baby arugula
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 8 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
- Salt and pepper
- Lime wedges
For potato-masa dumplings:
- 1 egg
- ½ cup masa harina
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- ¼ tsp salt
For the soup:
Heat the oil in a large stockpot over a medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the onion and chayote until cooked. Add garlic after, and cook it for another 1 to 2 minutes. After that, add carnitas, Serrano peppers, and chicken broth one at a time, and bring it to a boil. Once done, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover the pot for 30 minutes or more, to let it simmer.
Next, season the dish with salt and pepper as desired. Then, ladle the soup into each bowl, filling it half full, making enough space for avocados, fresh cilantro, and a small handful of potato dumplings. Lastly, place fresh baby arugula on top of each bowl, and you can serve the soup with lime wedges for garnish.
For the potato dumplings:
Mix all the ingredients in each bowl until it is combined perfectly. Massage the mixture with your hands until it is smooth enough. Pinch off ¼ cup of the mixture, and roll it in a tube, about ½ inch wide. Cut the mixture into slices, about 1/8 inch wide each, cover the dumplings, and then refrigerate.
2. Fire-Pot Soup
Love shrimp? Then try one of the spicy soup recipes from Mendocino. The fire-pot soup gives you that warming feeling with its spicy curry broth, topped with rice and shrimps. It’s a wonderful combination for a shrimp-loving family of four!
- ½ cup dry Jasmine rice
- 2 red or green Thai chilies (pierced with a knife)
- ½ lime (juiced)
- 1 6-inch stalk lemongrass
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 14-oz can coconut milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce
- 6 Thai basil leaves (torn)
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 3 Tbsp Thai curry paste
- 8 oz extra firm tofu (cut into small cubes)
- ¾ lb raw shrimps (deveined, with or without tails)
- Cilantro for serving
Cook the rice until tender and then, set it aside. Use a non-stick skillet to heat up the canola oil. Once the oil is ready, add the shrimps and fry it for about 30 seconds until it’s pink and curled. Remove the shrimps from the skillet, and place it on a plate with the tofu. Then, set it aside.
Next, adjust the heat to medium-high, and heat up the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the curry paste to the skillet, and combine it with the oil. Stir the paste and oil for about 2 minutes, and slowly whisk in the chicken broth and coconut milk. Once the mixture is ready, add chilies, stalk lemongrass, lime juice, basil leaves, salt, brown sugar, and fish sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, chop the shrimps according to your preference, and add them to the skillet, together with the tofu. Heat the soup for another 1 or 2 minutes. Once done, add the Jasmine rice to individual bowls, and top it with the soup. Sprinkle each bowl with chopped cilantro, and you’re all set!
3. Chipotle Pumpkin Soup
Yes, Halloween is over, but preparing your spicy soup recipes isn’t! This pumpkin soup is just one of the many pumpkin soup recipes out there that you can try. Its Southwestern feel makes it different from others. This is great for 2 servings!
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp salt (can add more according to preference)
- ½ tsp ground oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
- 4 to 6 chicken stock (depending on your desired thickness)
- 8 cups chopped and cooked pumpkin
- 1 to 2 chipotle peppers (chopped)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Toasted, shelled pumpkin seeds
- Crème fresca or sour cream (thinned with a little amount of water)
Heat the olive oil, using a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is ready, add the chopped onions and cook it for 3 to 4 minutes, until it’s soft. After that, add chipotle, garlic, and cumin and cook the ingredients for 1 minute or so. Once done, add salt, oregano, chicken stock, and pumpkin. Simmer it by reducing the heat for 20 minutes, and partially cover it while simmering.
For pureeing the soup, remove the pot from heat, and separate the soup from the mixture. Blend the soup by batches (2 cups each) until it’s thick enough, and return the pureed soup to the pot after blending it. The final step is to add the lime juice and more seasonings, as desired. Add more stock or water if the soup is too thick. Serve the soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, creme fresca, and chopped cilantro.
4. Spicy Tomato Lentil Soup
Have you tasted a spicy tomato soup before? Whether it’s a yes or a no, it doesn’t matter! This Spicy Tomato Lentil Soup is one of the easiest and quickest spicy soup recipes that will surely rock your world. This awesome recipe ideally feeds a family of 4!
- 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder
- 1 ½ cups cooked rice
- 4 cups tomato soup
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 ½ cups cooked lentils
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- ½ yellow onion (diced)
- Kosher salt for better taste
Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and onion. Sprinkle kosher salt over the ingredients, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato soup to the pot to combine it with the ingredients, and simmer it over low heat for 10 minutes. Once done, add the lentils and stir it well, and then, add the cooked rice, combining well. Lastly, add the curry powder and sprinkle it with kosher salt again to taste. You’re all done!
5. Chinese Hot Pot Recipe
The Chinese are known for their use of spices for their health-boosting properties, and it’s evident in their deliciously spicy cuisine. One of the fabulous spicy soup recipes is this Chinese Hot Pot, loaded with gluten-free bean thread noodles, veggies, and chicken. This spicy noodle soup is best for a group of 6 friends!
- Chile-garlic sauce
- 4 baby bok choy
- 8 oz of mushrooms
- 1 ½ cup mung bean sprouts
- 1 large bunch of green onions
- 5 oz bean thread noodles
- 1 lb boneless chicken thighs (thinly sliced)
- 3 to 5 garlic cloves (cracked)
- 3 to 5 slices of fresh ginger
- 1 ½ Tbsp sesame oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- ½ cup rice vinegar
- 6 cups of water
- 6 cups of chicken stock
Boil garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, water, and chicken stock in a huge pot. Once boiled, add the chicken thighs and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the noodles after, and stir it slowly for a minute. Next, cover the pot for another minute before removing it from heat. Then, chop the veggies, and place it in each bowl. You can add chile-garlic sauce as desired. Finally, ladle the soup into each bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Enjoy the soup!
6. Chilli Bean Soup
Squeeze some heat from your beans with this Chilli Bean Soup Recipe! Pair this mouth-watering bean soup with nachos, and you and your family will enjoy a mini fiesta after a cold day outdoors. This is good with 4 servings, which fits everyone’s taste.
- 4 Tbsp grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 14 ½- to 16-oz can diced tomatoes (pureed)
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 large celery stalk (chopped)
- 1 large red bell pepper (chopped)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 ½ cups kidney beans (about 9 oz)
Soak the beans overnight by placing it in a large bowl and pouring cold water on it, enough to cover them by two inches. Then, drain the beans the following morning.
Next, heat the olive oil in a pot over medium-low heat. After heating the oil, add bay leaf, garlic, celery stalk, bell pepper, and onion. Stir the ingredients, enough for the oil to coat it. Cook and cover it for 15 minutes until veggies are tender, uncovering and stirring it occasionally. Then, uncover the pot, add cumin and chili powder, and stir the ingredients for 1 minute. After that, add cayenne, tomatoes, 4 cups of water, beans, and bring to a boil. Cook it for 1 hour and 10 minutes until beans are tender. Don’t forget to cover the pot and reduce the heat.
Once cooking is done, uncover the pot and sprinkle it with salt and pepper as desired, stirring well. Discard the bay leaf, and ladle the soup in each bowl. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of cheese over each bowl, and serve it to your family!
7. Sweet Potato and Chilli Soup
Sweet potato is one way to put something naturally sweet on your dinner table. However, adding a twist to it makes it different! The combination of sweetness, from the potato and the spiciness, makes a remarkable complex taste in your mouth. This closes our list of spicy soup recipes, which is ideal for 6 people at home!
- Red chili (thinly sliced)
- Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 kg orange sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
- 1 small red chili (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 1 large brown onion (chopped)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups of cold water
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is ready, add garlic and onion. Stir the ingredients for 3 minutes until they are soft. Add chili after, and stir for 1 minute until it’s fragrant. Then, add 2 cups of liquid stock, potato, and 2 cups of cold water and boil it. Lower the heat, stirring occasionally, and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired. After that, remove it from heat for 1 minute, and stir the soup until the potato breaks down enough to make a smoother soup. Return the pan to heat, and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Once satisfied, remove the pan from heat, and ladle the soup into bowls. Top each bowl with sliced chili and parsley, and serve.
Craving for more spicy soups? Check out this video from Gordon Ramsay about how to make Spiced Sweetcorn Soup:
Spicy soup recipes are indeed perfect for this winter season to always keep you warm. It would also be amazing to sip these soup recipes at family get-togethers, after a full day of playing in the snow. Nothing beats watching the snowfall from your window with a bowl of spicy soup in front of you!
Which spicy soup recipe would you like to try first? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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