Jalapeños Substitutes

Jalapeños Substitutes

This article provides an overview of jalapeños, what it tastes like, their availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make jalapeños substitutes.

What are Jalapeños?

Jalapeños are medium-sized chili peppers, ranging in pungency of 4000-8000 heat units. It is commonly consumed pickled and green in color. The name Jalapeño is Spanish for “from Xalapa”. They are often served hollowed out and filled with cheese or meats, as well as eaten chopped in salads, dips, or sandwiches.

What do Jalapeños taste like?

Jalapeños taste like milder Serrano pepper, they are fresh, bright, rich, earthy, and even a little smoky in flavor. When pickled they can taste a little vinegary and may leave an acidic after-burn.

Are Jalapeños readily available in Supermarkets?

Yes, Jalapeños should be readily available in supermarkets, often sold pickled in glass jars and found with canned foods. Alternatively, they will be found fresh in the produce section

What are some alternative names for Jalapeños?

There are no alternative names for Jalapeños, except they may be pronounced differently in certain areas of the world.

What is a good substitute for Jalapeños in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for jalapeños. These include:

  • The best substitute for Jalapeños would be other peppers or chilis, especially
    • Green bell pepper (note that it won’t be as spicy, however)
    • Fresno Chile pepper
    • Anaheim pepper
    • Serrano pepper
  • You can also use dried or ground chili such as
  • Cayenne pepper powder
  • Smoked paprika powder
  • Chipotle Chilli Powder which is made from smoked Jalapeños