ja·​la·​pe·​ño | \ ˌhä-lə-ˈpā-(ˌ)nyō How to pronounce jalapeño (audio) , ˌha-, -ˈpā-(ˌ)nō, -ˈpē-(ˌ)nō\
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

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Add the scallions, bell pepper, jalapeno, salt, and black pepper. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A riff on traditional succotash adds a chile to the corn and white beans," 1 July 2019 Priced at $11, the flavorful drink is made with Volcan Blanco Tequila, jalapeno, freshly squeezed watermelon, lime juice, agave and a Tajin rim. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 34 places you can eat, drink and hang out this Independence Day," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile, stir together cilantro, parsley, vinegar, garlic, jalapeno, remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chimichurri Cauliflower "Steaks"," 2 Nov. 2015 Add 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan, 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, 4 teaspoons sea salt, 1 teaspoon ascorbic acid (optional) and ½ jalapeno, seeded, and blend very well. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 Signature burgers, 10 of them, are the main item, including the Hot ’n’ Spicy custom blended beef grind with green chiles, jalapeno and Diablo Dust. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "St. Petersburg, Fla., goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout," 18 June 2019 All are made from scratch with authentic ingredients — Thai chili peppers rather than jalapenos — and to order. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Ruby of Siam brings authentic Thai cuisine to Highland Park," 12 June 2019 Sammy’s also has a wide selection of salsas, including a creamy jalapeno sauce fiery enough to launch a boat. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Tacos, burgers and beer on the lake—from a Stockyards Tex-Mex legacy," 4 June 2019 In addition to the bing sandwiches, there are lighter side dishes like a chilled sesame soba noodle salad or shareable items like loaded wonton nachos with ginger-pickled jalapeno and lime sour cream. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Just Opened: Mad West brings food, coffee to United Center," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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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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