Clinton’s penchant for spice has been well-documented over the years, but she recently confirmed that she’s still riding the hot pepper train during an interview with NPR. Clinton told host Ari Shapiro she started eating fresh, spicy peppers—specifically jalapeños—back in 1992 when her husband, Bill Clinton, was campaigning. “I read an article about the special immune-boosting characteristics of hot peppers,” she said. That prompted the presidential candidate, already a fan of spicy foods, to start eating one every single day. She credits the peppers for her stamina and endurance. There are limits to Clinton’s heat tolerance, though. “I can’t do them all,” she said. “Don’t meet me with a raw habanero and say, ‘OK, take a bite.’”
Want to be more like Hillary? Here are five spicy (but not too spicy) recipes featuring fresh, raw jalapeño peppers.
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Spicy Raw Beet Slaw with Citrus, Scallions and Arugula
This raw beet salad is deliciously tart and spicy.