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 Others have a contemporary American spin courtesy chef Zach Shuman, with jalapeno cheddar flavors or Beyond Sausage meatless options. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Wurst Haus brings Oktoberfest vibe to West Hartford Center with German beer and food," 1 Apr. 2021 Best-sellers include tomato plants and jalapeno pepper plants, magnolia trees, succulents, and ferns. Amanda Richards, Better Homes & Gardens, "Walmart Has a Hidden Online Garden Center Where You Can Buy Live Plants," 25 Mar. 2021 Add a splash of fruit puree or syrup for a sweeter flavor, or shake it up with fresh jalapeno slices and serve it in a glass rimmed with chili lime salt for a spicy kick. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Feb. 22 Is National Margarita Day — Here's How to Make the Classic Cocktail at Home," 21 Feb. 2021 Add turkey, onion, green pepper and jalapeno pepper. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Love thick chili? Try using corn flour to thicken," 23 Jan. 2021 Crawfish bread, shrimp bread, sausage jalapeno bread and king cakes can be ordered online from Panaroma Foods in Marksville at nolacrawfishbread.com. Kaylee Poche, NOLA.com, "Krewe of House Floats leads to a Carnival miracle — in the form of crawfish bread," 2 Feb. 2021 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

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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 13 Apr. 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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