ja·​la·​pe·​ño | \ˌhä-lə-ˈpā-(ˌ)nyō, 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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Sprinkle them with jalapeno or chile pepper and scallions. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Ham, tomatoes, chiles, and eggs go into this one-pan breakfast for mom," 7 May 2018 Diners can still start their meals with the signature Scorpion Tails, deep-fried jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and Jack cheese. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Pappy’s Café brings familiar menu to larger space," 5 Apr. 2018 Combine corn kernels, half the cheese, jalapeno and red onion in a medium bowl, mixing well. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 The homemade dressing is available in wasabi, chipotle, avocado and jalapeno varieties. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Burgers, desserts, compassion are staples at Sizzles in Lockport," 12 July 2018 Shredded lettuce, a kicky jalapeno mayo and a demi sauce garnish, making the dish irredeemably chaotic. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Fries? Check. Wonderfully messy sandwiches? Check. Roll of paper towels? Absolutely," 6 June 2018 No ho-hum options here: Get wild with a zingy house kimchi or pickled jalapeno peppers. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Whole Heart Provisions brings ‘fresh veggies and good vibes’ to Cambridge," 24 May 2018 On the menu at Brown Bag: A salmon burger with diced jalapeno and slaw. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Want happy news? This new restaurant does something that will make you feel good," 22 June 2018 Founded by Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, the brand now has more than 30 restaurants around the world and is known for its signature dishes, black cod with miso and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Nobu Houston now accepting reservations," 22 May 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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