Best recipes using chillis

Our 19 best ever chilli recipes use a hint of heat to liven up recipes. You can use chilli in pretty much everything- roasts and pastas, salads and stir fries

Beetroot and halloumi sliders with chilli jam

Mini vegetarian sliders made from chickpeas, beetroot and halloumi work great as snacks, starters or even a main course, simply adjust the portion size each time! The chilli jam adds a sweet spice.


Supergrain salmon salad with chilli and mint dressing

Get into the new superfood revolution with this healthy combination of grilled salmon, farro or freekeh, harissa and herbs all mixed together in a spicy main course salad.

Slow-roast pork with chilli and orange

Slow-roasting pork shoulder at a low temperature turns a tough, economical cut into tender ‘pulled pork’. Try something a bit different here with the flavours of miso, chilli and orange.

Quick quinoa and black bean chilli

Make this quick and easy quinoa and black bean chilli – it’s high in protein but low calorie and it’s vegan

Sesame steak salad with chilli dipping sauce

Steak always feels like a treat. With this recipe for sesame steak salad with chilli dipping sauce it doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion. This dish is ready in under 30 minutes and comes in at under 500 calories. The best part? You won’t even notice you’re being good

Green chilli grilled cheese sandwich

For this recipe, we took a classic grilled (read: fried) sandwich and made it even better by stuffing it with soft cheese, chillies and garlic. You won’t go back to a normal grilled cheese once you’ve tasted this

Courgette, chilli and mint pizzas

Really quick and easy pizza made with readymade flatbreads, topped with mozzarella and ribbons of courgette and a dash of chilli for the best quickly assembled midweek meal.

Pork, chilli and bean stew

Our spicy stew combines pork with chopped tomatoes, green beans, red peppers and tomatoes: ideal to warm your bones when the wind is whistling outside.

Chilli and ginger crab cakes with watercress

Homemade Thai crab cakes are quick and easy to make for a speedy midweek meal. Packed with crab, ginger, chilli and coriander for a zingy flavour, then served with watercress.

Chilli spinach noodles with sesame dressing

This dish of chilli spinach noodles with sesame dressing is a quick an easy recipe to make for a healthy midweek meal. It’s ready in just 20 minutes and is under 500 calories

Lime and chilli chicken sandwich with Greek yoghurt guacamole

Quick chicken sandwich for one. Coat a chicken breast in a chilli-lime marinade, cook in a griddle pan and pop in a bun with guacamole, lettuce and tomato.

Ramen noodles with chilli salmon

Salmon is a great choice for a quick midweek supper for two. This Asian-inspired recipe cooks salmon in a zingy broth with chilli and soy then serves over instant noodles. A complete meal in a bowl.

Peppers with mozzarella, chilli and pine nuts

Roasted red peppers filled with mozzarella, chilli and pine nuts makes an easy antipasti, or light meal. BBQ, griddle or grill to get the best charred flavour.

Sesame chilli fish

Quick recipe for Japanese-style fish for two. Spiced up fish with a chilli rub. Flash fried in the pan then served with carrot, cucumber and ginger salad.

Aubergine and chilli pide

Pide is a Turkish flatbread which can be topped like pizza for a quick, easy meal. Make your dough, then top with aubergine, chilli and spices for a vegetarian lunch or supper.

Oklava chilli chicken

So addictively good that it’s been given the title of ‘chicken crack’ by its fans, this recipe from Shoreditch’s Oklava is a must-try

Spiced paneer with chilli green lentils

This spiced paneer with chilli green lentils recipe is vegetarian, easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for midweek meal

Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

This recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make and vegan. Plus, it’s pasta for under 500 calories – yes please

Chilli and chocolate tart with peanut chipotle brittle

A rich, fruity dark chocolate like those from Papua New Guinea will go very well with the chilli. The chilli flavour in this should be an underlying buzz rather than a real kick of heat, so don’t be tempted to add too much

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