Definition of jalapeño in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhäləˈpānyō/ /-ˈpē-/
(also jalapeño pepper)

noun (plural jalapeños)

A very hot green chili pepper, used especially in Mexican-style cooking.
Example sentences
  • The Viva Zapata, with its cargo of refried beans, melty Cheddar and pickled jalapeños, comes off like an unexpectedly delicious nacho pie.
  • The meat soaks in the spice rub, bringing up a zesty kick of black pepper, jalapeño, and minced ginger.
  • He blends the fruit with lime, red onions, chilies, jalapeños and tomatoes, creating an intense, produce-based, rich Mexican butter with, as the menu reminds you, 12 vitamins.


1940s (originally US): from Mexican Spanish (chile) jalapeño.

Words that rhyme with jalapeño

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