Tom: What are you doing?
Chris: I'm putting Tabasco sauce in my humus.
Chris: Well, the humus tastes good, but it needs a little kick.
Suzie: What did you order?
Teresa: I ordered the Thai green curry.
Suzie: I've had that before. I hope you like spicy food because that green curry really has a kick.
Meaning: "a kick" is a common American expression that means a spicy component when it comes to food. It is usually used with the verbs "to have," "to need" and "to give."