ser·​ra·​no | \ sə-ˈrä-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce serrano (audio) , si-\
plural serranos

Definition of serrano

: a small very hot chili pepper that is red when mature

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This salsa is good enough to eat with a spoon though, with a hint of spiciness from a serrano and a gentle smack from lime juice. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "My 100% Hypothetical Fantasy Cookout," 25 May 2018 Stir in the garlic, serrano chilies and pumpkin seeds; cook for 30 seconds. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 Mahi-mahi drips with floral notes of passion fruit with sweetness mitigated by a serrano chili bite. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "La Josie's vision of gourmet Mexican is delectable addition to West Loop," 26 July 2017 Add red bell peppers, red onions, celery, garlic, serrano chile, mustard seeds, bay leaves and thyme, and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 Applewood bacon goes on top, followed by fresh serrano peppers blistered on the grill. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis burger restaurant keeps winning best burger awards," 28 June 2018 In a small bowl combine avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, serrano chili and onion in a medium bowl; set aside. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill," 24 June 2018 Whatever flavor was missing from the flatbread could be found in the serrano ham and chicken croquetas ($7). Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Spanish flavors are bold (but imperfect) at this Louisville restaurant," 27 June 2018 In this recipe, Mr. Cardoz’s second Slow Food Fast contribution, halibut fillets are rubbed in a paste of coconut, serrano chile, spices and fresh herbs. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Summery Coconut-Spice Halibut Is Great Steamed or Grilled," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of serrano

circa 1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serrano

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish serrano, adjective, montane, highland, from sierra mountain range — more at sierra

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