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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Cocktails like the Mission Style Martini, infused with jalapeno and fresh muddled cucumber, go well with heavier dishes like the brioche French toast. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 At the Washington, D.C., location of José Andrés’s Mediterranean restaurant, chef Michael Costa turns out modern takes on regional favorites like pork belly souvlaki with jalapeno zhoug and adana kebabs. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 The drink included Myers dark rum, Malibu pineapple juice, fresh lime, pineapple, jalapeno mash and a dash of Tabasco, according to a photo posted on Facebook. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Cocktail named 'Tuskegee Experiment' draws outcry from restaurant's customers," 22 Aug. 2018 Urban Plates’ salad medleys include Asian chicken salad with spicy peanut dressing; grilled steak salad with jalapeno-lime dressing; Thai shrimp salad with miso-lemongrass dressing; and chicken Cobb salad with buttermilk-dill dressing. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salad takes center stage in May at local restaurants for National Salad Month," 24 May 2018 Pour the boiling pickle brine over the jalapeno rings. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Fanciest Nachos You'll Ever Eat," 1 Feb. 2014 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

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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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