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It's that time again -- help us pick the contest finalists for Your Best Spicy Recipe!

Sri Lankan Pol Sambol on Food52 Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles on Food52

Any Food52 member is welcome to help us test our Community Pick candidates, so go call dibs on the recipe you'd like to test that is in the list below! We'd love to see some new testers in the mix -- remember, we accept up to 3 testers per recipe. And, if the recipe is worthy of a Community Pick, we'll publish the best headnote, so make your notes count! Don't forget to email us your headnote (no more than 100 words) to [email protected] by next Wednesday at 5pm (EST). 

When you’ve figured out which recipes are calling your name, in order to sign up, all you have to do is follow the link to that recipe’s page, and on the left-hand side, you’ll see a “Test This Recipe” button. Your job is easy: just click the button, and you’ll receive a confirmation email that officially crowns you a Food52 community tester. If for some reason you decide you cannot test, simply press the button again, and your name will be removed from the list. Act fast -- this button will disappear on the Tuesday before your testing notes are due. 

We'll collect your comments, name the finalists and official Community Picks and publish the best headnote for each Community Pick (with credit, of course!). If the recipe you test isn't chosen as a Community Pick, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!

Tags: community picks, spicy food, spicy recipes

The testing period for this contest has closed.

Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs
Brisket, Chorizo and Black Bean Chili
Carne Asada con Rajas
Chicken Vindaloo Vesuvius
Chilaquiles Verdes
Cilantro Peanut Sauce and Noodles
Good Old Jamaican Jerk Sauce
Kale and Black bean chile verde
Kimchi Fried Rice
MaLa Cupcakes (Chocolate and Sichuan Peppercorn Cupcakes)
Mum's Dendeng Balado
Roasted Butternut Squash with Candied Jalapeño
Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodles
Spicy Beef with Leeks & Basil
Spicy Stacked Enchiladas Verdes with Roasted Pumpkin and Cheese
Spicy Thai Steak Salad
Sri Lankan Pol Sambol
Szechuan Peppercorn Popcorn
Thai Coconut Curry Soup—Tom Kha Gai
White Bean Dip with Poblano

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Comments (7)


almost 2 years ago upanetha

Sri-lankan Polsambal would be very good if you use the freshly scraped coconut ( packets) and add in a 2 cloves of Garlic,Crushed Green Chilies and a some freshly ground pepper.


almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

The spicy korean-style gochujang meatballs look awesome!


almost 2 years ago Carla Lombardo-Ehrlich

So, I am assuming we are to cook the recipe we want to test?


almost 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Yes, please! But first, claim it for testing. The instructions in the blog post should explain everything, but please let us know if you're lost.


almost 2 years ago tejas

I would love to test but I am vegan so it will be helpful if you can have separate category of Vegan recipes (sometimes titles are obvious, sometimes they are not so obvious)


almost 2 years ago foxeslovelemons

I'm sorry - I don't think that's necessary. There are all sorts of dietary restrictions, and I don't think the editors need to take the time to divide these recipes into every possible category. There's only about 20 recipes here, and I click through each of them anyway before deciding which I'd like to test. It just takes a few minutes :)


almost 2 years ago creamtea

kudos for considering testing and welcome!