ser·​ra·​no | \sə-ˈrä-(ˌ)nō, si-\
plural serranos

Definition of serrano 

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

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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 The drink has vodka, cranberry juice, simple syrup, lemon juice along with a serrano pepper with a little orange zest. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "12 places to celebrate National Martini Day in Phoenix," 19 June 2018 On this night, a little roasted red pepper ($3 each) came oozing velvety béchamel perfumed with minced jamon serrano (Spanish-style ham). James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Downtown Boise’s Txikiteo bolsters the list of locally owned Basque eateries," 30 May 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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