Fueled by the ever-growing love of BBQ, there’s a hot new trend for smoky flavored foods this year. There are plenty of ways you can give your food a subtle smoky taste without investing in a fancy smoker. By adding seasonings like smoked paprika, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, liquid smoke, mesquite seasoning, and even smoked salt, you can achieve just the right hint of smokiness.  Here are 7 easy recipes that are perfect if you crave a little smoky flavor for dinner.

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

These tender chops are cooked in a smoky spice rub that really packs a punch. Jillian says, “These chops definitely have a wonderful “smoky” flavor and the rub definitely compliments the Worcestershire and liquid smoke combination. This is a great recipe especially when you don’t have time to marinate but still want a great deal of flavor!”

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

Photo by Molly

Jan’s Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes

If you’re looking for a different way to serve sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving, then we think you’ll love this recipe. Jerra Kullman raves, “Holy moly! I could’ve just eaten these for dinner!! I used to dislike sweet potatoes, and ONLY eat them when covered in brown sugar, butter & marshmallows. This recipe is my new obsession.”

Jan's Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Photo by Sherri

Smoky Baked Chicken

Bacon bits, mesquite seasoning, and chipotle pepper sauce add a whole lotta of smoky flavor to this easy, grilled chicken dish. Soup Loving Nicole says, “Made as written except that I let it cook a little longer and this turned out fantastic! I typically don’t care much for oven baked chicken and prefer the grill but I can’t say enough good things about this one. Definitely a keeper!”

Smoky Baked Chicken

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Smoky Chipotle Mac and Cheese

A great way to liven up your mac and cheese is to add some chipotle chiles. tam raves, “Was so tasty and so easy. Have tried several different recipes and this one was tops so far. Did add a bit of bacon but otherwise stuck to recipe.”

Smoky Poblano Corn Pudding

This is another deliciously different recipe idea for Thanksgiving which uses poblano peppers to make a traditional corn pudding even tastier.

Smoky Poblano Corn Pudding

Photo by Ashley Baron Rodriguez

Smokey Chipotle Meatloaf

This recipe might just change your mind about meatloaf, like it did with hlmartin76 who says, “this recipe made me fall in love with meatloaf. A little bite but not overbearing.”

Smokey Chipotle Meatloaf

Photo by SunnyByrd

Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

If you like your potatoes with more complex flavors, these smoky potatoes are worth a try.  FNChef says, “Loved the flavor and textural components: smoky and just spicy enough, creamy with the right amount of chunky texture, cheesy and flavorful. Bacon would certainly be a great addition, maybe with some sliced scallion and it would be reminiscent of a loaded baked potato. Yum!”

Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

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