José is a talking jalapeño pepper on a stick who wears a small sombrero. José, who speaks with a thick Latin accent, is typically paired with Peanut, who often makes fun of José, uses appeals to Latino stereotypes when doing so, and makes fun of his being on a stick. Although José was not Dunham's first puppet, it was the first that Dunham made himself.

He is one of the few puppets that is most appearing, the others being Peanut, Walter, Achmed, and Bubba J. His biggest fears are Taco Bell and someone eating him. His stick is always referenced to as a penis, and he is one of the few who talks in his box, the other being Walter and Sweet Daddy Dee.

His catchphrase is "On a steeeeck."