ja·​la·​pe·​ño | \ ˌhä-lə-ˈpā-(ˌ)nyō How to pronounce jalapeño (audio) , ˌha-, -ˈpā-(ˌ)nō, -ˈpē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce jalapeño (audio) \
variants: or less commonly jalapeno
plural jalapeños also jalapenos

Definition of jalapeño

: a small plump dark green chili pepper of Mexico and the southern U.S.

called also jalapeño pepper

Examples of jalapeño in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a Dutch oven, cook the celery, onion, jalapeno and garlic in oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender; about 7-8 minutes. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2022 Van Deraa introduced some holiday-specific items to the menu, including tacos made on red tortillas, enchiladas covered in both red and green sauce and jalapeno poppers with a festive garnish. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 Canterbury chili, Preston jalapeno poppers, Somers peach grilled salmon, Stonington sausage platter, Tolland tuna melt. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 27 Oct. 2021 The first Florida outpost of this Brooklyn barbecue icon will open in October and dish smoked brisket and baby back ribs, cheddar-jalapeno sausage and homemade coleslaw. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Inside the shop, refrigerated cases burst with colors and creativity, with pops made with mamey, avocado or matcha latte, and one beautiful stick of frozen pineapple juice adorned with thin slices of jalapeno. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Also, the sandwich had a thin slice of fresh jalapeno resting on top of the slaw. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 The Gusher Burger comes in different versions: classic; mushroom and Swiss, and bacon; cheese and jalapeno. cleveland, 26 July 2021 The other day, Greyson ate a ghost pepper (400 times hotter than a jalapeno), prompting a phone call home from the school nurse. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of jalapeño

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jalapeño

Mexican Spanish, from jalapeño, adjective, of Jalapa

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“Jalapeño.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jalape%C3%B1o. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of jalapeño

: a small green pepper that is very hot and is used especially in Mexican cooking


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