There's more to jalapenos than turning them into poppers. Don't get us wrong, we love stuffing this small, spicy pepper with a gooey cheese filling, breading it and frying it until it's golden-brown. But we also know that jalapenos have something more to offer. They can add depth and flavor to many dishes; and it's for this reason that we truly love this chile pepper -- as well as its fiery kick.

Heat tolerance is an individual preference, and the jalapeno is one of those borderline peppers in terms of spiciness. Some people find them so mild they can eat them whole (shiver) and others can't even be near someone who's chopping them. From a Chile Shrimp recipe that uses two whole jalapenos to a Pork and Vegetable Curry that keeps it safe at just a teaspoon, we've got dishes for every level of heat seeker.

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  • Bacon-Wrapped Rice Cakes With A Jalapeno Ponzu

    This Korean-inspired rice cake is sweet and spicy, citrusy and meaty all at once. It makes a great appetizer for any occasion. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bacon-wrapped-rice-cakes-_n_1061463.html" target="_hplink">Bacon-wrapped Rice Cakes with a Jalapeno Ponzu</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Steak Tacos With Avocado Salsa

    These tacos stand apart from the rest with some simple tricks. For one, they're not just steak tacos, but steak and chorizo. And also, they have a strong smoky flavor since the cheese and chiles are grilled. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-steak-tacos-with-_n_1058467.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Steak Tacos with Avocado Salsa</a> recipe</strong>

  • Seared Tuna Steaks With Citrusy Soy Sauce

    For such a mouth-watering meal, it's amazing that it can come together in under 20 minutes. Serve alongside thinly sliced veggies for a nice crunchy balance. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/seared-tuna-steaks-with-c_n_1061032.html" target="_hplink">Seared Tuna Steaks with Citrusy Soy Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Hot-And-Crunchy Chicken Cones

    These are no ordinary chicken strips. They're breaded in cornflakes, almonds and sesame seeds. Serve with the mango-jalapeno slaw to create one finger food no one will be able to get enough of. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hot-and-crunchy-chicken-c_n_1058496.html" target="_hplink">Hot-and-Crunchy Chicken Cones</a> recipe</strong>

  • Steamed Wild Striped Bass With Ginger And Scallions

    A light dish, with tons of flavor. The steamed bass is cooked in a ginger-and-sesame soy sauce and topped with frizzled jalapenos and scallions. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/steamed-wild-striped-bass_n_1059209.html" target="_hplink">Steamed Wild Striped Bass with Ginger and Scallions</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Lamb Salad With Cumin Vinaigrette

    Grilled lamb is served atop a salad of julienned jicama, carrot and lettuce and topped with a spicy cumin vinaigrette. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-lamb-salad-with-c_n_1058452.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Lamb Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chiles Rellenos With Tomato-And-Avocado Salsa

    This recipe calls for two types of chiles: poblano and jalapeno. The poblano peppers, which are mildly spicy, are stuffed with cheese and topped with a fresh salsa. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chiles-rellenos-with-toma_n_1058307.html" target="_hplink">Chiles Rellenos with Tomato-and-Avocado Salsa</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chile Shrimp

    A shrimp dish that's flavored with 13 different ingredients ensures that you'll have a fragrant outcome. Serve with steamed white rice for a complete meal. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chili-shrimp_n_1058308.html" target="_hplink">Chile Shrimp</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled T-Bone Tostadas With Spicy Radish Salad

    Tostadas provide a nice variation from the traditional tuesday night taco night. And these ones have a hint of freshness with the inclusion of spring radishes. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-t-bone-tostadas-w_n_1058468.html" target="_hplink">Grilled T-Bone Tostadas with Spicy Radish Salad</a> recipe</strong>

  • Midnight Tortas

    Fried eggs, spinach, pork belly and roasted jalapeños stuffed between two slices of bread - along with cheese and fresh tomatoes -- makes for an amazing sandwich. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/midnight-tortas_n_1058556.html" target="_hplink">Midnight Tortas</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cheese-Topped Guacamole

    This is no ordinary guacamole, this avocado spread has the delicious addition of cheese added to it. Why didn't we think of this before? <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheese-topped-guacamole_n_1058283.html" target="_hplink">Cheese-Topped Guacamole</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Salmon With Melted Tomatoes

    Salmon doesn't often get paired with jalapenos, but when it does it makes a great dish. This recipe doubles up on the use of jalapenos. Not only do act as a garnish, but they also spice up the tomato sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-salmon-with-melte_n_1058463.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Salmon with Melted Tomatoes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Goan Shrimp Curry

    This shrimp curry recipe is tangy and spicy. It's spiced with coriander, cumin, ginger and garlic and makes a great dinner when served alongside steamed white rice. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/goan-shrimp-curry_n_1061081.html" target="_hplink">Goan Shrimp Curry</a> recipe</strong>

  • Penne Rigate With Spicy Braised Swordfish

    Jalapenos are the surprise ingredient in this light fish pasta dish -- and they bring a welcome fiery kick. The peppers are added to the sauce, along with white wine, garlic and anchovies, making one flavorful dinner. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/penne-rigate-with-spicy-b_n_1058609.html" target="_hplink">Penne Rigate with Spicy Braised Swordfish</a> recipe</strong>

  • Salmon-And-Spinach Cakes

    Salmon cakes make a great alternative to crab cakes; and they're so easy to make. When they're served with a creamy, fresh dill sauce, they'll surely be a hit. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salmon-and-spinach-cakes_n_1060877.html" target="_hplink">Salmon-and-Spinach Cakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Orecchiette With Pancetta, Peas And Fresh Herbs

    Pancetta, sweet peas and jalapenos, what more could you ask for? Maybe that it be served on top of a bed of pasta with a mixture of fresh herbs. This is the quintessential spring meal. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orecchiette-with-pancetta_n_1058585.html" target="_hplink">Orecchiette with Pancetta, Peas and Fresh Herbs</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pineapple-Jicama Salsa

    A good pineapple salsa can turn an ordinary meal into one with spice and flavor. This salsa, made with pineapple, jicama, jalapenos and cilantro, pairs well with pork and chicken. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pineapple-jicama-salsa_n_1058615.html" target="_hplink">Pineapple-Jicama Salsa</a> recipe</strong>

  • Green And Black Bean Pork Posole

    Posole is a soup made of pork, beans, hominy and tons of great flavors. And this recipe allows everyone to individualized their own by offering scallions, queso fresco, chopped white onion, chopped fresh tomatoes and chopped avocado for toppings. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-and-black-bean-pork_n_1057163.html" target="_hplink">Green and Black Bean Pork Posole</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs

    In Mexico, this dish is the equivalent of left-over casserole. It's usually made with shredded chicken, strips of tortilla and cheese. And anything else that you have left over would work too. But this recipe is a dressed up version, using chicken legs, tomatoes and jalapenos. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chilaquiles-style-roasted_n_1058303.html" target="_hplink">Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs</a> recipe</strong>

  • Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho

    This gaspacho is made with green heirloom tomatoes, giving it a nice, subtle hue. Tomatillos also make their way in, and they impart a tangy flavor to the cold soup. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tangy-green-zebra-gazpach_n_1058739.html" target="_hplink">Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho</a> recipe</strong>

  • Jalapeño-Roasted Potatoes

    You might not normally think to roast potatoes with anything other than rosemary, thyme or some other fragrant herb, but jalapeno-roasted potatoes are a welcome change. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/jalapeo-roasted-potatoes_n_1058501.html" target="_hplink">Jalapeño-Roasted Potatoes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Jalapeño Poppers

    If you're a fan of ordering Jalapeno peppers when at a restaurant, you'll be amazed by how good they really are when made in your own kitchen -- and healthier, too. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/jalapeo-poppers_n_1062093.html" target="_hplink"> Jalapeño Poppers</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloins With Vegetable Curry

    A light version of a curry dish, this recipe uses coconut water in place of caloric coconut milk and adds just a dash of sour cream for richness. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-pork-tenderloins-_n_1058456.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Pork Tenderloins with Vegetable Curry</a> recipe</strong>

  • Tomato Salsa With Cucumber 'Chips'

    Jalapenos are the workhorse of a good salsa. They let tomatoes get all the glory, but they provide just the right amount of subtle heat and flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tomato-salsa-with-cucumbe_n_1058756.html" target="_hplink">Tomato Salsa with Cucumber "Chips"</a> recipe</strong>

  • Green Mango Salad

    You've got to love this salad; it's one of the rare times that you don't have to wait fruit to ripen before you eat it. Green mango is crunchy and tart, and just as delicious as ripe mango can be. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-mango-salad_n_1058429.html" target="_hplink">Green Mango Salad</a> recipe</strong>


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