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Jalapenos | Print |

Jalapeños are found in practically every market in Mexico. Their homeland is Veracruz, though, and that’s where you’ll find the greatest variety. From the bright red jalapeños to ones they call gordos (fat chiles) to huachinangos and cuaresmeños, locals swear they all taste different.


In the States, an average jalapeño is bell pepper green, weighs about 1/2 ounce and has a smooth-skinned torpedo-shaped body. While jalapeños can range in heat from fairly mild to quite hot, usually the bigger the chile the milder. Store fresh jalapeños in a loosely closed plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator.