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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Sharma combines buttermilk, lime juice, serrano chiles, scallions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, cayenne, coriander, cardamom and cumin and recommends marinating for at least four hours and up to eight. NBC News, "9 foolproof and delicious recipes for boneless, skinless chicken breasts," 30 June 2019 The sweet heat of the mango, piri and serrano, however, are easily ID’d on the palate, along with flaky-firm mahi or swordfish, whichever is best on that market visit. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Bem Bom on Corrine unleashes food-truck favorites and patio culture in Audubon Park," 27 June 2019 Morning libations are also served, including a carrot cocktail infused with Aquavit, lemon, carrot juice and serrano bitters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: South American tea-centric cafe comes to Pacific Beach," 6 June 2019 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

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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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