is a small to medium-sized chile
pepper that is prized for the hot, burning
sensation that it produces in the mouth when
eaten. It is a cultivar of the species
Capsicum annuum. The name jalapeño is
pronounced IPA: or IPA: in English,
and IPA: in the original Spanish. It is
named after the city of Xalapa, Veracruz
where it was traditionally produced. 6,000
hectares are dedicated for the cultivation
of jalapeno in Mexico alone; primarily in
the Paloapán river basin in the north of the
state of Veracruz and in the Delicias,
Chihuahua area. Jalapeno is also cultivated
in smaller scale in Jalisco, Nayarit,
Sonora, Sinaloa and Chiapas.
Jalapeño Pepper Recipes
with other chile peppers, it has a heat
level that varies from mild to hot depending
on how it was grown and how it was prepared.
Most sources agree that the heat, due to
capsaicin and related compounds, is
concentrated in the seeds and the
veins—deseeding and deveining can reduce the
heat imparted to a recipe that includes
They also have
a distinct acidic taste. The jalapeño rates
between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units in
A mustached "jalapeño" wearing mariachi
sombrero called "Pique" was the 1986 FIFA
World Cup mascot.
chipotle is a jalapeño that has been smoked.
It is often found in adobo sauce.
Jalapeño jelly, while not commercially
available in as wide an area as other
jalapeño products, can be prepared in a
method similar to other jellies.
Jalapeños are a common ingredient in most
peppers are stuffed with a cream cheese
mixture then battered and deep fried to make
delicious little appetizers.
jalapeno peppers, sliced in half
lengthwise, seeds removed
- 8 ounces
cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 eggs,
- 1 cup
plain dry breadcrumbs
- oil for
jalapeno pepper halves with cream cheese and
press halves back
together. Combine eggs, water and salt. Dip
jalapeno peppers into egg
mixture and into breadcrumbs. Place on a
cookie sheet and freeze for 2
Heat oil in deep fryer to 370°. Deep fry
peppers in batches for about 3
minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer
jalapeno poppers to paper
towels to drain.