ha·​ba·​ne·​ro | \ ˌ(h)ä-bə-ˈn(y)er-ō How to pronounce habanero (audio) \
variants: or less commonly habañero

Definition of habanero

: 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 Guajillo chiles are among the mildest in terms of heat, reaching only an average of 3,750 units on the Scoville scale, barely a spark compared to the fire of a habanero, which can reach 350,000 SHU. Washington Post, "Beef birria, a rich braise with chiles and warm spices, is true comfort any way you eat it," 9 Dec. 2020 The Scotch bonnet and the habanero, for instance, range from 100,000 to 350,000 SHU; jalapeños fall in the range of 3,500-10,0000 SHU; and the humble bell pepper bottoms out at 0 SHU. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Better than the Scoville scale? Chili-shaped device can rate pepper hotness," 22 Oct. 2020 Order at the counter, then load up at the lavish salsa bar featuring homemade favorites like roasted garlic habanero and jalapeño mango. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Hungry? Here are Arizona's best hidden gem restaurants outside of Phoenix," 21 Oct. 2020 The Negroni Nuevo is available through Oct. 3, at which point the San Francisco Cocktail Club will rotate to another mezcal drink — the Prickly Pear, made with habanero, nopales and lime — from the Snug bar in Pacific Heights. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "New S.F. cocktail delivery service aims to take to-go drinks out of takeout containers," 21 Sep. 2020 Sample four popular flavors of the ubiquitous hot sauce with this variety pack featuring 2-ounce bottles of classic pepper, garlic pepper, green pepper and habanero. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "The best hot sauces you can buy online," 14 Sep. 2020 The coconut-habanero shrimp tacos are served in orange-red tortillas crafted with an extra flavor twist: guajillo chile puree. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Tequila Rio, with Mexican food and margaritas by the river, opens in Wethersfield," 31 Aug. 2020 Other varieties include low sodium or habanero, which adds an extra kick that's perfect for spice lovers. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Tajín Seasoning Is the Perfect Zesty Spice to Add to Your Pantry," 24 June 2020 Other specials include mango habanero wings ($8) and a hard milkshake served with a shot of JD, Jameson or Rock n Rye ($8). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Father's Day 2020: 48 metro Phoenix restaurants with special deals for dine-in and takeout," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of habanero

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for habanero

American Spanish (chile) habanero, literally, Havanan chili

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22 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Habanero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habanero. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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