GUATEMALANS are not as given to hot, spicy foods as their Mexican neighbors. It is no surprise, then, that in Guatemalan Spanish chilero usually has nothing to do with mouth-burning of any kind. Rather, here it takes on the meaning of nice, good, or beautiful, depending on the context.

“¡Qué chilera tu chumpa!”

Translation: “Boy, that’s a really beautiful jacket!” 

“Vos, que chilera está tu playera ¿dónde la compraste?”

Translation: “Hey, what a beautiful T-shirt! Where did you buy it?”

Check out the use of chilero in the tweet below:

Translation: “Happy 17th, my love; all this time together has been awesome. Thanks so much for all your love. I love you intensely.”

Here’s one more example:

Translation: “Dedicating songs to yourself is also pretty cool.

In fact, in Guatemala a popular children’s show is known also as ¡Qué chilero! So don’t get burned! Remember that this hot and spicy term in Guatemalan Spanish is actually quite cool!