Okay, so let’s say you love Indian food and Mexican cuisine. Your favorite YouTube series is Hot Ones. You admire all of the hot sauces in the aisle at the store. There’s only one problem… You’re a wuss when it comes to spicy food. How can you improve your tolerance and get through an entire bag of Takis without giving up? Here are some tips.
Sure, you may be made fun of for finding black pepper or crushed red pepper flakes spicy, but who cares? Using them more often in your cooking will help you be able to work your way up to more intense heat.
If you really want to increase your spice tolerance, you’ll have to eat spicy food more frequently. Keep it gradual but try to include spicy meals at least a few times a week, so you don’t lose all of the tolerance you’ve built up.
As you start venturing into more and more intense territory, don’t hesitate to make use of coolants like dairy, lime, cilantro, and coconut milk. This will help put out the fire in your mouth, and it’s a totally legit way to make spicy food more tolerable.