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19 Spicy Soup Recipes Worth Trying This Winter

Is there anything better than soup? It’s the perfect comfort food any time of the year. In the cooler months, spicy soup is especially comforting. These spicy soup recipes are a great way to warm up on cool nights, with just enough kick to give your taste buds a treat. Or, you could add a lot of extra spice like us and have your mouth on fire the entire night.

From creative takes on classic favorites like spicy chicken noodle, to more adventurous recipes like Guatemalan turkey soup, there’s a spicy soup for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or hearty dinner, spicy soup is the perfect way to add some warmth and a little excitement to your menu. Plus, it’s an easy way to get in more vegetables and unique ingredients. So, if you’ve grown tired of eating the same old thing for dinner, try out a few of these recipes and see what you love best.

1. Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy chicken noodle soup

A spicy twist on a classic favorite, this spicy chicken noodle soup uses Sichuan peppercorns, chili oil, and Chinese 5-spice powder to kick up the flavor. While not the simplest chicken soup recipe to make, we think it’s worth the extra time and effort to poach the chicken and simmer up this feel-good favorite.

2. Caldo de Camarón (Mexican Shrimp Soup)

Caldo de Camarón - Mexican shrimp soup

Caldo de Camarón is a Mexican shrimp soup made with a spicy chile sauce. This recipe uses dried chili peppers, fresh vegetables, and shrimp as the protein. Hearty and delicious all year long, this soup can easily be made spicier with the addition of fresh jalapeño or chile de arbol. We’re on board with making anything spicier.

3. Spicy Miso Ramen with Chicken Meatballs

Spicy miso ramen with chicken meatballs

This spicy miso ramen is made with one of our favorite ingredients to cook with, gochujang! The spicy red chile paste commonly found in Korean cuisine is a great way to level up the flavor of any dish. We love miso ramen, and this soup is incredibly satisfying with the addition of chicken meatballs. It’s also relatively quick to make! (In just 30-45 minutes or so you can be enjoying a hot bowl of miso soup).

4. Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue)

Bun Bo Hue

If you’re looking for a good spicy soup recipe to make in your Instant Pot, you’re in luck. This recipe for Bun Bo Hue is a streamlined shrimp-free version, made simple in the Instant Pot. It features a beef and pork bone soup flavored with lots of lemongrass, thick rice noodles, and a delicious Vietnamese sate chili oil.

5. Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy pumpkin soup

Delicious, curry-roasted pumpkin soup that only requires a sheet pant and a blender. This creamy soup is vegan and perfect for making in the fall when pumpkins are abundant!

6. Spicy Korean Soft Tofu Soup (Soondubu jjigae)

Spicy tofu soup

We’re big fans of Korean soft tofu soup. It’s one of our favorite dishes to order when we get Korean food. But, it’s actually pretty simple to make at home. You can load this soup up with any vegetables you wish, making it hearty and satisfying. It’s the perfect soup for a cold night in at home.

7. Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo chicken chili

We love our crockpot and we love chili. So, naturally this recipe is a favorite. It’s super simple to prep, as the slow cooker does all the work for you. This is a great soup for game day, a snowy night in, or a potluck lunch.

8. Gai Lan Soup with Egg

Gai Lan Soup

Gai Lan, also known as Chinese broccoli, makes this soup hearty and nourishing. The bitter flavor mellows down as it cooks, making this soup tasty and pungent. The spice comes from the chili paste and chili flakes. We always add extra chili flakes for more heat.

9. Creamy, Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Spicy sweet potato soup

We eat a lot of sweet potatoes in our house, and this soup is a really unique way to use them. Made with potatoes, coconut milk, and Sriracha, this soup is vegan, warming and nutritious. If you’re not vegan, you can serve this soup alongside a gooey grilled cheese for the perfect comforting lunch.

10. Thai Red Curry Soup

Thai Red Curry Soup

There’s nothing like making a dish at home and it tastes on par with takeout food. This Thai curry soup is creamy and cozy with the perfect balance of unique flavors. We suggest adding sliced jalapeño on top for extra heat.

11. Spicy Chicken Lime Soup

Spicy chicken lime soup

This spicy chicken lime soup is perfect if you’re feeling under the weather, or you can just enjoy it all winter long. Using a rotisserie chicken makes this soup a breeze to make as well. Ginger and jalapeño adds a nice level of spice, but you can always add more hot peppers to bring up the heat.

12. Spicy Zucchini Soup

Spicy Zucchini Soup

Zucchini is one vegetable that always seems to go nuts in our garden. We’re often left with more than we know what to do with. This spicy zucchini soup is the perfect way to use them, along with a few jalapeños (or serrano’s) as well!

13. Singapore Mee Siam

Singapore Mee Siam

This is more of a noodle dish than a straight soup, but we think it’s worth including. The spicy, tangy flavors come together for a mouthwatering meal you’ll want to make over and over. You’ll be making your own spice paste and sourcing some unique ingredients, but it will be worth it in the end.

14. Kak’ik – Guatemalan Turkey Soup

Kak’ik – Guatemalan Turkey Soup

A unique cross between a stew and a soup, this hearty Mayan dish is one of the famous Guatemalan foods. While typically reserved for special occasions, you can serve this spicy dish up at any time of the year. Serve with rice and enjoy the unique flavors of this spicy soup.

15. Spicy Mexican Soup

Spicy Mexican Soup

While some of the spicy soup recipes on this list are a bit more involved, this recipe is economical and quite simple. Lean beef, chiles, and cocoa powder all add to the flavors of this soup, making it a hearty and tasty option for a weeknight meal.

16. Cheesy Roasted Poblano Soup

Cheesy Poblano Soup

Poblanos are very versatile in the kitchen, making them a favorite in our garden every year. While not very spicy on its own, this recipe does very well with the addition of hot pepper flakes to level up the heat. It’s the perfect way to use up a couple poblano peppers when the chilly nights begin to set in.

17. Roasted Jalapeño Soup

Roasted Jalapeno Soup

Since we’re on the topic of roasting peppers, it’s worth shouting out this roasted jalapeño soup. Peppers, mushrooms, carrot, onion and milk all add to the flavor of this recipe. We’re always looking for ways to use up our jalapeño peppers because they’re so prolific. This recipe fits the bill.

18. 15-Minute Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup is one of those dishes that makes our mouth water whenever we hear it. We have fond memories of ordering hot and sour soup on some snowy nights here in CT. It’s not terribly complicated to make at home. And, we love that you can turn up the heat level as much as you’d like and it still tastes delicious.

19. Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed bell pepper soup recipe

A Pepper Geek favorite! Our very own stuffed pepper soup can be kicked up in heat with the addition of cayenne pepper, or even a few slices of your favorite super hot. We’ve also made this soup with some serrano’s added into the mix and loved the heat and flavor. And of course, don’t forget the hot sauce on top!

Is your mouth watering yet? Let us know in the comments which recipe you’re making for dinner tonight! Now that the chilly months are upon us, we’re excited to be eating a lot of spicy soup.

Also, if you have a favorite spicy soup recipe that isn’t on this list, leave us a link below. We love trying new recipes in the kitchen and you never know, it may just end up being one of our favorites as well.

Henry Alvarez

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Hey Kids: the soups make me hungry. Bought the book, down loaded it but haven't had the chance to read it, are the recipes in the book? Please respond. We got a big turkey and a lot of left overs and so what the Guatamaulan's do has me intrigued. Thanks.


Friday 2nd of December 2022

The recipes are not in the book, it is mostly focused on growing the plants. Bookmark this page and come back when you're ready to make some spicy soup!