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The jalapeño is a medium to large size chili pepper which is prized for the warm, burning sensation when eaten.
Sliced jalapenos are often used as an addition to a number of common dishes including tacos, burritos, and sometimes even sandwiches, hot dogs, and pizza. These jalapeños are often known as Nacho Rings, from their popular use in Nachos (a dish of tortilla chips with salsa, chilli con carne, melted cheese and soured cream).
In comparison with other chili peppers, the jalapeno has a heat level that varies from mild to hot depending on cultivation and preparation.
Most jalapeños were produced in southern New Mexico and western Texas.
Jalapeños contain a substance called capsaicin that has shown to have anti-cancer effects.