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 Guacamole, Monterey Jack, sharply spicy chiltepin salsa and pinto beans round out the tidy package. Los Angeles Times, "20 great L.A. places for Mexican food delivery and takeout," 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, "Here's what to order on Chris Bianco's new Italian-American menu at Pane Bianco Van Buren," 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, "Chris Bianco has revamped Pane Bianco Van Buren in Phoenix. Here's what's new on the menu," 9 Jan. 2020 Chiltepin Cobbler: gin, lime, chiltepin pepper and cherry. azcentral, "Obon Sushi opens new Scottsdale location with all-day happy hour in July," 27 June 2019 On weekend mornings, a tianguis (outdoor market) springs up on San Pedro’s main strip, with vendors selling traditional Sonoran ingredients like chiltepin, the wild native chile that still graces the table of many Sonoran households. Patricia Escárcega,, "Exploring Hermosillo, northern Mexico’s great unsung food city," 26 June 2019 The shop is any vintage lovers dream, conveniently located next to Exo Roast, where the Chiltepin Cold Brew will propel you into the evening (the combination of chocolate and chiltepin pepper is pleasantly delicious). Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019

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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 9 May. 2021.

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