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 But the flat-top grill version still glowed with tangy, tropical achiote spice, the pork staying juicy all the way through. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 Some use an achiote paste, with ground annatto seeds. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 After incorporating achiote into the lard, along with seasonings, the exterior ingredients are ready to go. Amy Drew Thompson,, 3 Dec. 2021 Make the rice: To a large, lidded pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the achiote or coconut oil and pork or bacon, if using. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Brush the pork all over with some of the achiote oil. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Taquero Jorge Luis Garcia layers thin pork steaks on the spit, seasoned with achiote. Mike Sutter,, 24 Sep. 2020 Now Don Jose rules the archway with chicken that radiates charcoal flavor through skin that takes turns being crispy and moist, painted with warm chile spice that doesn’t lean as hard on the radioactive achiote orange. Mike Sutter,, 30 July 2020 Next, choose Cusco grilled chicken with creamy Yukon mashed potatoes, broccolini and Peruvian salsa criolla, or grilled salmon in an achiote-dashi broth with bacon jam and cauliflower puree. Phillip Valys,, 26 July 2021

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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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21 Dec 2021

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“Achiote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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