As a Caribbean girl; spicy food is a way of life. It’s so common that I sometimes forget that it’s not “home food” for the entire populous of the U.S.
With that said; I have Public Service Announcement.
Spicy =/= Seasoned
Since seasonings don’t end with a salt and pepper shaker in my household, it’s difficult to explain the nuance to those who have grown up seasoning-less.
Not sure what’s goes with what? I got a cheat for ya:
Spicy foods do come from seasoning combinations and the addition of fresh or dried pepper flakes but there’s levels to this!
Don’t be intimidated by new spices; experiment and think of your food as clothing, there are layers and depths of flavor and while you can be over dressed, there is never an excuse to be under-dressed.
Go forth and explore!