Definition of chilli in English:


(US chili, chilli pepper, chile)


  • 1A small hot-tasting pod of a variety of capsicum, used in sauces, relishes, and spice powders. There are various forms with pods of differing size, colour, and strength of flavour.

    • ‘Starting from crushed tomatoes, add oregano, basil, thyme, chilies, real Parmesan, fresh garlic and more.’
    • ‘Mix the olive oil, crushed chillies and thyme leaves with sea salt and black pepper.’
    • ‘A typical paste will contain lots of chiles, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, shrimp paste, black pepper, and sea salt.’
    • ‘Add onion, garlic, chilies, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste, and continue cooking until onion is softened.’
    • ‘The kulcha naan was stuffed with vegetables, onions, fresh chillies and covered with coriander.’
    • ‘To make it palatable, he has used tomatoes, tamarind sauce, onions, chillies and a drop of virgin Olive oil.’
    • ‘I cooked Thai fish with dried whole chilies, coriander, lemon grass, soy, and pepper; and served it with fluffy white rice, stir-fried veggies, and mushroom soup.’
    • ‘A more Americanised version would be topped with grated cheddar and pickled jalapeno chillies, or sour cream and paprika.’
    • ‘It was roasted lobster, sole and lobster ‘caviar’ with saffron-tarragon polenta, olives, chiles, peppers and fennel.’
    • ‘The barbecued ribs (lacquered with a sweet sauce made with ancho chilies and guava) were stacked like little logs and fell neatly off the bone.’
    • ‘Mushrooms, apricots, asparagus, a variety of chilies and numerous spices are grown in abundance in nearly all the valleys.’
    • ‘I tried the Rajasthan chicken, described as being smeared with fresh ginger and chillies and a coriander sauce.’
    • ‘Seasonings for marinades run the gamut from herbs, spices, garlic, and chilies to fish sauce, salts, olives, and onions.’
    • ‘Make shallots, garlic, red chilies, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground pepper, trassi and turmeric into a paste.’
    • ‘What he didn't tell you is that there were onions, garlic, oregano and chilies in the sauce, too.’
    • ‘You can also garnish meals with 1 tablespoon of spicy condiments like salsa and chutney, or use fresh spices like chiles, garlic, ginger, and onions liberally in cooking.’
    • ‘Next came the omelets: eggs with chopped onions, green chilies, minced cilantro, and a spice that I could not recognize but assumed was a version of black pepper.’
    • ‘My friend and I tried the spaghettini with roasted garlic, parsley, pine nuts, chilies and olive oil.’
    • ‘This food grouping includes corn, beans, and squash, but is also enriched by the addition of chilies, cactus, maguey, and amaranth.’
    • ‘And zesty salsa and smoky chipotle chilies replace the chili sauce for a more interesting interplay of flavors.’
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      short for chilli powder
      • ‘Lunch consists of rice served with vegetable and meat curries and sauces such as sambol, a spicy mixture of grated coconut and chili, peppers, pickles, and chutneys.’
      • ‘Don't go adding anything hot, though, like cayenne or chilli, or you'll lose the British-ness.’
      • ‘Starters included the less than predictable, such as slices of aubergine stuffed with cottage cheese and potato mash, grilled and glazed with chilli and ginger honey.’
      • ‘The chef will adjust the quantity of pepper and chili according to taste.’
      • ‘Only a handful of traditional Cuban dishes require the use of chilli or pepper.’
      • ‘Cook with the chilli and turmeric with sufficient amount of water.’
      • ‘Another tactic, which I abhor, was to use pepper, chilli or anything to irritate the hounds' noses.’
      • ‘It's basically onion, garlic, green pepper, a can of tomatoes, sprinkle of chili, cayenne pepper and seasoning.’
      • ‘Mix the ginger, oils, lime juice, soy and chilli, then season to taste.’
      • ‘Heat half a tablespoon of ghee or oil, in a pan, and fry the coriander leaves along with the chilli, pepper and cumin seeds, till you get an aroma.’
      • ‘Add the flour, salt, chilli, and turmeric and fry on a slow fire till the flour is well roasted.’
      • ‘I want a bitter creamy spicy drink, laced with cinnamon or chilli, and dark and rich as - well, as chocolate.’
      • ‘The chicken is seasoned with a blend of jalapeno, cayenne, chili, and black and white pepper.’
      • ‘Adding some vinegar, pepper and chili in raw or cold food is also helpful in protecting one from diarrhea.’
      • ‘At the onset of the first symptoms of cold and flu, or if you are already suffering from the miseries of a bad cold, the addition of cayenne chilli to the following remedy will quickly give relief.’
      • ‘Add the tomatoes, chilli, turmeric, cayenne, ground coriander and salt, and cook for 3 min, stirring well.’
      • ‘Again, Gus had the better of the two dishes, the monkfish done to perfection and complemented beautifully by chilli and ginger.’
      • ‘If you want to read about roast dog and human placenta wine, or just try recipes such as Keralan mussels with ginger and chilli, or roast pork and clam sticky rice, this book is for you.’
      • ‘The original soup is made with tomato, fresh and preserved pepper and chili in a certain ratio and the sap drawn from trees.’
      • ‘The use of the word ‘pepper’ came into existence when it was observed that chili evoked a similar response to that of black pepper.’
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      • ‘I am bracing myself to hear about his chili or chicken cutlets.’
      • ‘My list includes things like hamburgers, grilled chicken, chili, tacos and calzones.’
      • ‘If you like Mexican food, including nachos, tacos and chili con Larry (created after an infamous trip to Santiago), this is certainly the venue to head to.’
      • ‘To complement your chili, add a salad with low-fat dressing and a wheat tortilla, brown rice or cornbread.’
      • ‘Make sure to serve the chili, stew or anything that needs a utensil prior to the game.’
      • ‘Made from soybeans, TVP comes in granules, chunks and flakes and is great in stews, casseroles, chili and veggie burgers.’
      • ‘Whenever hubby and I make curry, chilli, stew etc., we always make double the amount so we can always put it in the fridge for tomorrow, or freeze it for an emergency.’
      • ‘My companions fell for the chicken and mushroom vol-au-vents served with salad and the chilli in pitta bread clicked with our photographer.’
      • ‘In Cincinnati, due to some E. Europeans, chili served on spaghetti became the accepted form.’
      • ‘Normally we go there on Saturday afternoons and sit in leisure and talk over our steak chili.’
      • ‘And when you see beer, chili, and Buffalo Wings, you know you're probably at a sporting event in the States.’
      • ‘They'll dole out hearty fare including pancakes, burritos, chili and cornbread.’
      • ‘Some of the food vendors with barbecues decided to stick it out in the rain selling Indian tacos and macaroni chili.’
      • ‘When making chilli with jalapenos (for that little bit of extra kick) DO NOT then rub your eyes afterwards.’
      • ‘Maria scurried to the booth where she would be selling chili, tortillas, enchiladas and the like.’
      • ‘There are also recipes for cassoulet, sausage chilli, sausage pasta with capers and feta and, of course, sausage, egg and bacon panini: sausage rolls to you and me.’
      • ‘They prefer vegetarian versions of old favorites, such as pizza, chili, tacos, and stir-fries, that are relatively easy to adapt.’
      • ‘I ate the traditional chili, pigs-in-a-blanket and nachos.’
      • ‘The addition of ceviche and chilli to sashimi and sushi could have been invented by Thor Heyerdahl to prove that the Japanese discovered Lima.’
      • ‘The yummy chili, burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and onion rings in Johnny Rockets are free, but there is a charge for the shakes, malts, and other beverages.’


Early 17th century: from Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chilli.