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 With only a beer and wine license, Jaranita will use sakes — infused with Peruvian flavors such as aji amarillo or cucumber with jalapeno — to create lower-proof takes on Peruvian cocktails like the Pisco Sour. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Acclaimed La Mar team is opening a charcoal-grilled Peruvian chicken restaurant in S.F.," 7 Jan. 2021 And that rich quail flavor with smoky bacon and the heat from the jalapeno just can’t be beat. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "The quail poppers from Chick’s Prime Meat Market in Spring Branch are what you need with your holiday cocktails," 22 Dec. 2020 For reference, the more pedestrian jalapeno tops out at around 8,000. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Chili-Shaped Smartphone Accessory Can Measure a Pepper’s Spiciness," 12 Nov. 2020 Options include sweet potato soup, jalapeno cornbread and pumpkin cheesecake. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dozens of restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals to-go," 21 Nov. 2020 Four pies are tomato-and-mozzarella-based with a mix of toppings, from speck, pineapple and jalapeno to sausage, peppers, onions and basil. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Nancy's Hustle's owners open new East downtown concept, Tiny Champions," 14 Dec. 2020 Rakocevic said one of his favorite foods is spicy, jalapeno potatoes. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "From Chicago to Los Angeles to China: St. Joseph product Nick Rakocevic continues basketball career with Zhejiang Golden Bulls," 6 Dec. 2020 The bacon jalapeno cheeseburger at Wendy’s is guaranteed to open up your pores with a good balance of flavor and heat; this just isn’t in that league. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Spicy Ghost Pepper doughnut: Sweet treat or hot mess?," 22 Oct. 2020 In a large, oven-safe, 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat and sauté onion and jalapeno pepper for 2 to 3 minutes, allowing vegetables to soften slightly. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthful substitutions cut fat and salt — but not flavor— in taco-inspired dish," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of jalapeño was in 1931

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16 Jan 2021

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“Jalapeño.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jalape%C3%B1o. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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