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

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Depending on heat preference, pound whole or 1/2 habanero in a molcajete or other mortar and pestle until completely broken down uniform in texture. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Flavors of the boozy popsicles include lavender, lemon and gin, strawberry, lemon and vodka, mango, mint, rum lime, habanero agave and tequila. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago Pride specials: Rainbow treats, rainbow cocktails and free BBQ," 15 June 2017 Drain carrots, garlic and habaneros, reserving cooking liquid, and transfer to a blender. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "These Two Sauces Will Make Your Steak More Delicious," 4 Oct. 2018 Sculpin IPA has proven so popular that Ballast Point now offers variations with grapefruit, habanero and coffee. Fox News, "Best American IPA beers," 30 Oct. 2015 While Roman gets creative with decorating, Metzger is the mastermind behind their scones and cookies, including more than 30 varieties of specialty flavors such as white chocolate habanero and butter beer. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "1 part talent + 1 part quirky = bakery success for Crumby Art in Elm Grove," 25 May 2018 Bran-Leis is a fan of serrano, whose heat is between a jalapeño and habanero. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how to skip the jar and make a fresh salsa that’s right for you," 1 May 2018 Try 10 variations of it — including marshmallow and habanero — for a limited time only. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Tap in for Louisville Craft Beer Week with these 5 events," 16 Oct. 2017 The beer tastes of lemon and cucumbers and — I’ll be darned — berries, owing to the habaneros. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Bottles: Pickle beer is here. It was only a matter of time," 9 July 2018

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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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