The Jalapeno could be considered moderate in heat when compared to more fiery chiles, but it is certainly not whimpy. It is by far the most famous and recognizable of all the chiles. Jalapenos received their name from Jalapa, Mexico, one of many growing areas for this highly demanded chile. The moderate heat makes the Jalapeno perfect for pickling, salsas, sauces and of course, sliced over nachos. Gobbled up by the gallon, Jalapenos have become common-place at stadiums and restaurants across the U.S. Their thick flash and piquant flair make them excellent for stuffing. They are certainly essential in Tex-Mex cuisine and pepper eating contests.

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