Spicy Office Lunch Ideas: Heat Up Your Lunch Break

Karma Eating Keto Beef Stuffed Peppers

Take your lunchtime to a whole new level by spicing things up! Adding spice to your recipes is an easy way to boost its heat and flavor.

Not sure which recipes to cook? Get some inspiration from these spicy office lunch ideas you can prepare at home.

Your lunch break will surely not be the same when you bring these dishes to work. So read on, and get cooking!

Keto Beef Stuffed Peppers

Celebrate a feast of flavors and heat in your mouth with this recipe. The peppers serving as your cups will definitely up the flame game in your lunch break.


2 onions

2 cloves of garlic

500g ground beef

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp Himalayan salt

½ tsp cayenne pepper

2 peppers

200g mozzarella

3 slices bacon, cooked

Freshly cut cilantro

Avocado oil

Freshly ground pepper


Put avocado oil in a pan, and sauté garlic under medium heat. Add ground beef, cumin, paprika, and cayenne powder. Stir all ingredients well. Once cooked, set aside.

Cut peppers in half and remove the seeds, and then put the sliced peppers in a baking dish. Stuff the peppers with the cooked beef. Top it mozzarella cheese and cooked bacon.

Put in the oven and bake at 190°C for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with freshly cut cilantro.

Watch the full recipe here: Keto Beef Stuffed Peppers

Keto Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"

Karma Eating Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Here’s a healthier alternative to your mac and cheese. Substitute your macaroni with cauliflower, keep the cheese, and you’ll get a creamy fix for lunch you’ll absolutely enjoy.


1 large head of cauliflowers

2 tbsp avocado oil

1 cup of heavy cream

1 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

3 fresh chilies

¼ tsp Himalayan salt


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut the head of the cauliflower into small florets, and place them into a baking bowl. Season with salt, and drizzle with avocado oil.

Broil for 5-8 minutes or until the florets are tender and roasted. Meanwhile, place the heavy cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, chili peppers, and salt into a separate saucepan over high heat.

Simmer until the cheeses are melted. Remove the florets from the oven and glaze them with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle with chives.

Watch the full recipe here: Keto Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"

Chicken Fajitas

Karma Eating Chicken Fajitas

This Mexican classic is boasting with flavor and kick. It’s one hot dish you’ll drool over again and again and again.


3 chicken breasts, sliced

3 red bell peppers

3 tbsp avocado oil

1 red onion

1 cayenne pepper

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp cayenne powder

1 lime

Fresh coriander

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut the bell peppers, cayenne pepper, and onion, then place them to the baking dish. Drizzle with avocado oil, and season with salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients well.

Put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix avocado oil, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne powder, and coriander. Add the sliced chicken breasts, and coat it with the mixture.

Remove the baking dish from the oven, then add the chicken breasts. Bake for 10 minutes. Take the baking dish out from the oven again, and mix all ingredients, then put it back and bake for another 15 minutes.

Dash with freshly cut coriander and drizzle with some lime juice. Serve with rice.

Watch the full recipe here: Chicken Fajitas

Easy Vegan Red Curry

Karma Eating Easy Vegan Red Curry

Want to make a unique curry for your lunch break? This red curry recipe brings you a hint of Thai cuisine with only a few key ingredients.


2 tbsp Coconut oil

½ cup onion

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp minced ginger

1 cup carrot

1 ½ cup broccoli

1 red chili pepper

1 tbsp Thai red curry paste

1 cup of coconut milk


Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper


Put 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan. Sauté onion, garlic, and ginger on medium heat. Add carrots and Thai red curry paste. Stir. Add broccoli, and season with salt and pepper.

Add 2 cups of water and coconut milk. Stir and bring to a simmer. Once cooked, remove from heat and transfer to Karma lunchbox. Top with chili, ginger, and coriander. Serve with rice.

Watch the full recipe here: Easy Vegan Red Curry

Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potato

Karma Eating Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potato

What’s great about this recipe is you can customize it depending on the heat meter you want to achieve. Go for the supreme spicy level and add more chilies.


2 sweet potatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red chili

1 lime

1 cup red kidney bean

1/2 cup corn

1 scallion

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp Himalayan salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly cut cilantro


Cut the sweet potatoes in half and bake for 1 hour at 180 degrees. Scoop out the flesh and transfer it to a big mixing bowl. Set aside.

Leave the sweet potato skins in the baking dish and put back in the oven. Bake for a few more minutes until crisp. While the sweet potato skins are baking, prepare the filling. Mash the sweet potato flesh in the mixing bowl.

Then, add the red kidney beans, corn, garlic, red chili, and scallions. Squeeze some lime juice. Add cumin, paprika, pepper, Himalayan salt, and coriander, then mix all ingredients well.

Take the baking dish out from the oven and fill the crispy sweet potato skins with the mixture. Sprinkle with coriander and top with avocado slices.

Watch the full recipe here: Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potato

Cajun Turkey Cubes with Mashed Broccoli

Karma Eating Cajun Turkey Cubes with Mashed Broccoli

Savor turkey in your lunch break with this simple tasty recipe. The mashed broccoli will give the nutritional punch you’re looking for.


200g turkey breasts

1 cup broccoli

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Cajun seasoning

1 clove garlic

1 fresh chili

Avocado oil

2 tbsp butter

Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper


Season turkey breast cubes with avocado oil, paprika, cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix and set aside. In a food processor, put boiled broccoli, cayenne pepper, butter, pepper, and salt. Blend.

Cook the turkey breast cubes on medium heat until tender. Transfer the mashed broccoli to Karma lunch box and top with cooked Cajun turkey breast cubes.

Watch the full recipe here: Cajun Turkey Cubes with Mashed Broccoli

Tips for Cooking Spicy Food

To maximize your lunch, it’s best to know some handy tips for cooking spicy dishes. Take note of these helpful tips for your meal prep:

Explore various spices and cuisines

If you want to create a spicy dish, it’s not enough that you pour hot sauce on your recipes. You have to learn about the different spices that you can use to increase the heat meter of a dish.

Some of the spices and condiments you can work with are Allspice, chili peppers, red chili flakes, curry powder, chili powder, sriracha, hot sauce, and wasabi.

It also helps to learn about different spicy cuisines like Thai, Indian, and Jamaican cuisines so you’ll know how to achieve their authentic flavors.

Begin with small amounts

If you’re new to cooking spicy dishes, begin with small amounts. You don’t want to burn your tongue by putting too much spice.   

Keep in mind that once you mix a spice in a dish, you can no longer take it out. People commonly make the mistake of adding excessive amounts of spices to one dish.

Try one type of spice at a time, and try to assess whether it’ll work well with the dish you’re preparing. If you think it will, add it to the dish in small amounts to perk up its flavor.

Raise the heat level slowly

When you already know your favorite spices, and those that you can tolerate, you can raise the heat level by increasing the spices little by little.

The trick is to taste it, and if the dish already achieved the kick you’re going for, stop adding spices.

Aim for a balance of flavors

Here’s what you have to remember: Spices only aim to improve the flavor of food. Be careful not to overuse it or you’ll put your mouth on fire.

When a dish is too hot to tolerate, it’s less likely you’ll enjoy it. So, try to keep the balance of flavors of your dish. Make sure that you can still taste other flavors such as sweet, sour, and salty.

Fix super spicy dishes

So, what if you put too much spice? If your dish turned out spicier than expected, you can seek the help of sugar or agave or add some lime or lemon juice to keep the balance of flavors.


Perk up your lunches and bring the heat on. By spicing up your basic recipes, you can bring in that extra kick and flavor to your dishes.

You can try these spicy lunch ideas for your next meal prep, and enjoy a hot, delicious meal during your lunch break. Just remember to control the heat level so you can savor it at its best.  

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