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 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 The achiote pork cooks for 36 hours in banana leaves. Craig Laban,, "Orlando's best dining thrills are outside the parks," 22 June 2018 There’s a rumor that the rub came from a Peruano employee, but most of the seasonings are commonly found in traditional Puerto Rican recipes: vinegar, garlic, oregano, achiote, cumin. Illyanna Maisonet, San Francisco Chronicle, "The quest to preserve Puerto Rican culture with food," 21 May 2018 Return lamb to skillet and add chili powder, dried oregano, garlic powder, coriander, cumin, achiote powder, and thyme. Bon Appetit, "Plantain and Lamb Casserole," 19 Mar. 2018 The handmade tortillas are wrapped around tender achiote pork shoulder, seared carne asada, crisp-fried fish, and a deceptively meaty-tasting combination of smoked greens, shiitake mushrooms, and plantains. Laurie Woolever, charlotteobserver, "The most magical surprise at Disney World? The world-class food," 26 Jan. 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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