National Hot and Spicy Food Day


This day is dedicated to hot and spicy foods. Some hot foods include wasabi and horseradish, and some spicy foods are made with peppers that have a high capsaicin content. There is some information that suggests capsaicin is good for your health, and you can read about that here and here. Peppers with a higher capsaicin content are higher on the Scoville scale. Take a look at where different peppers and hot sauces are located on the scale.

National Hot and Spicy Food Day is observed next on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. It has always been observed annually on August 19th.

How to Observe

Hot and spicy foods should be consumed on this day. Common foods that are many times made spicy include chili, gumbo, chicken wings, and burritos. You can find some hot and spicy recipes here and here. Since this is a National holiday and an International Hot and Spicy food day takes place in January, you could try to eat spicy foods that originated from the country you are a citizen of or were born in. To celebrate the day you could also buy some hot peppers and have a contest with your friends to see who is best able to stomach them.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on August 19th--



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