Definition of serrano
: a small very hot chili pepper that is red when mature
Recent Examples of serrano from the Web
The lively flavor comes from tomatillos, garlic, cumin and three types of chiles — güero, Anaheim and just a touch of serrano, so that the sauce won’t be too hot.
The food leans toward Spain: There's a pig in a vise (okay, a jamón serrano) crowning the bar; fat sardines are served in the tin; the olives are meaty and green.
Unbelievably, the big star of the meal (at least for me) was the extras plate, which was packed with serrano peppers, pickles and onions.
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Origin and Etymology of serrano
Mexican Spanish, from Spanish serrano, adjective, montane, highland, from sierra mountain range — more at sierra
First Known Use: circa 1972
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