achi·​o·​te | \ ˌä-chē-ˈō-tē How to pronounce achiote (audio) \

Definition of achiote

: a spice made from the red seed of the annatto tree also : the seed from which the spice is made

Examples of achiote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prubechu’s offerings include Chamorro empanadas with toasted rice, achiote and mushrooms; bone-in short ribs braised with garlic; and the Chamorro dish tinaktak, or coconut-braised beef. Justin Phillips,, "SF’s only Guamanian restaurant, Prubechu, reopens in Mission District," 3 Dec. 2019 Her signature cochinita pibil (slow-roasted achiote pork) tacos are joined by shredded poblano chicken tacos, vegetables in a vegan mole; passion fruit ceviche; red snapper aguachile; and tuna tostada with avocado and morita chile mayonnaise. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 El Rancho de Don Nando is known for its longaniza ahumadas, fresh sausages studded with oregano, garlic, pepper and achiote. Illyanna Maisonet,, "Making sausage an art in Puerto Rico, and a treasured memory in a California childhood," 23 Oct. 2019 According to Windsor, many cheesemakers use annatto, a food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree, give their cheddar a rich orange hue. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Finally: The Difference Between White and Orange Cheddar Cheese Explained," 17 Oct. 2019 Place the achiote paste, Maggi sauce and lime juice in the blender and process until liquefied. Pour the marinade over the steaks, making sure each piece is well covered. Michalene Busico, Dallas News, "'Mercados' cookbook explores the wonders of Mexico's markets and brings home the recipes," 31 July 2019 Their Salvadoran chorizo is a strongly seasoned ground pork made with vinegar, wine, achiote (annatto powder), green peppers, pumpkin seeds and a variety of spices, among other ingredients. Karla T. Vasquez,, "How Salvadoran sausages came to the Bay Area," 7 June 2019 To make her marinade, Salazar uses garlic, salt, pepper, achiote in place of aji panca, a little bit of soy sauce, and a drop of lemon. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 There’s the egg bagel with whole egg yolks, turmeric, achiote, and Indian sulfur salt to bring out a hard egg flavor. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "This Is How You Make a Perfect New York Bagel," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of achiote

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achiote

borrowed from American Spanish, borrowed from Nahuatl āchiotl "annatto tree"

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The first known use of achiote was in 1648

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7 Dec 2019

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“Achiote.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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