ha·​ba·​ne·​ro ˌ(h)ä-bə-ˈn(y)er-ō How to pronounce habanero (audio)
variants or less commonly habañero
: a very hot roundish chili pepper (Capsicum chinense) that is usually orange when mature

Examples of habanero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grab him this variety pack that comes with serrano, sriracha, and habanero hot sauces that add just the right kick to dishes. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 An orange habanero pepper, by comparison, maxes out at about 325,000 SHU. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2023 Customers can also try a new dish, Yellowbird Nacho Fries ($4.99): the fries topped with steak, warm nacho cheese sauce, and a Spicy Habanero Ranch sauce made with Austin, Texas, hot sauce maker Yellowbird’s habanero hot sauce. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2023 Finally, the team managed to breed a cayenne-esque pepper, derived from a habanero known as PBC932, that showed resistance to both anthracnose and another fungal infection, powdery mildew. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 16 June 2023 Adding this coconut water to a ceviche lashed with lime and habanero tempers the acidity of the citrus juice and cools the heat of chiles with its nutty, sweet flavor. Paola Briseño-Gonzalez, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter and the onion wedges and habanero to a cutting board. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2023 Freeman flavors her rice with onion, tomato and habanero peppers cooked down with a long list of dry seasonings. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Expect fun, fusion mash-ups like Spicy Vegetable Tempura served with habanero gochujang and jalapeño-pineapple salsa, and signature Pato Carnitas, teriyaki duck drizzled with hot hoisin infused with habanero and cumin. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


American Spanish (chile) habanero, literally, Havanan chili

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of habanero was in 1972

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“Habanero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habanero. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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