chil·​te·​pin | \ ˈchil-tə-ˌpēn How to pronounce chiltepin (audio) \
variants: or less commonly chiltepine

Definition of chiltepin

: a small red oblong wild chili pepper of marked pungency that is produced by a capsicum (Capsicum annuum glabriusculum synonym C. annuum aviculare) occurring from northern South America to northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. also : this plant

Examples of chiltepin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the Elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to create two dishes, one savory and one sweet, using chiltepin pepper and cactus. Lauren Mcdowell, Chron, 2 June 2022 While the jalapeño is Texas' official pepper, the chiltepin is the native state pepper. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 20 May 2022 Wild chiltepin peppers, grown on his family’s ranch in Sonora, Mexico, have received much fanfare. Sunset Magazine, 11 May 2022 The first issue came out on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct. 11, and featured a series of essays about the history of the chiltepin, a type of pepper, as well as information and recipes around yuca, also known as cassava. Nicole Haase, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Nov. 2021 Guacamole, Monterey Jack, sharply spicy chiltepin salsa and pinto beans round out the tidy package. Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2020 Rather than a small pasta like ditalini or pipette, Bianco fills the bowl with heavy-duty rigatoni corti, then spices it up with a searing shot of Sonoran chiltepin. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 27 Jan. 2020 The latter is an Italian classic with a distinctive Arizona kick in the form of tiny red chiltepin peppers cooked in with the beans, which are not cannellini but rather a mix of black and white tepary. Lauren Saria, azcentral, 9 Jan. 2020 Chiltepin Cobbler: gin, lime, chiltepin pepper and cherry. azcentral, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of chiltepin

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chiltepin

Mexican Spanish chiltepín, from Nahuatl chīltecpin, from chīlli chili pepper + tecpin, tecpintli flea

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“Chiltepin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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