There are times when all you want is simple comfort foods that go down easy with minimal work on the part of your tastebuds (think: mashed potatoes). But that's not right now. This is the time for meals with spice, excitement and interest that turn the heat way up. It's the time we fight fall food fatigue and bring in heavy hitters packed with heat. It's time to wake you up from your meal time slumber, and get wake up those dormant tastebuds. From chipotle chiles to sichuan peppercorns to jalapeños and everything in between, here are 10 tongue-numbing recipes that take full advantage of the wide range of spicy ingredients without sacrificing flavor.

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