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 Here, rather than a roll drowning in mayo and pepper, the tofu’s spice is pumped up with pickled jalapeño and habanero sauce, its plushness paired with bouncy king trumpet mushrooms. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Shizen in San Francisco makes a stellar case for vegan sushi," 17 Oct. 2019 Options are tomatillo, regular, classic, mild, spicy and habanero. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here's the trick pros use to make massive bloody marys at Hash Kitchen in Phoenix," 17 Oct. 2019 Friday, October 4 Westbrook Mexican cake Brewed by Westbrook Brewing out of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., this highly sought-after beer is an imperial stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. al, "Leading up to its seventh anniversary, Hop City will feature a series of new beers," 21 Sep. 2019 The food, by the way, is not meant to be particularly hot; the thrill-seeker, however, can request the housemade hot sauce, an explosive habanero concoction that all but the most hardened hothead should use sparingly. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Crave in Ansonia deftly presents vibrant and flavorful Latin American dishes," 15 Nov. 2019 Pan seared mahi mahi ($27) also arrived overcooked, not to mention swamped in a distracting orange-habanero butter. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "The Whale restaurant brings downtown luxury to Logan Square. But the food is dreadful.," 31 Oct. 2019 The different varieties range from applewood smoked beef jerky to sweet habanero chili beef jerky, and a selection of exotic animal jerkys like alligator and ostrich. Morgan Raum, PEOPLE.com, "The Best Food & Drink Advent Calendars to Countdown the Days Until Christmas," 25 Oct. 2019 The Coco Veracruz ceviche replaces seafood with coconut pieces and the shrimp in the Betabel aguachile is marinated in beet-habanero juice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tale of two Mexican restaurants: Lola 55 is on fire; El Jardín rises from the ashes," 26 Sep. 2019 The profound, long-lasting, bready flavor of the 32-hours-fermented dough went shot for shot with bossy toppings like the aforementioned anchovies and a fruity-hot garlic-habanero cream inlaid with sweet cherry tomatoes. Fortune, "Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Beddia Wants to Be More Than Just the ‘Best Pizza in America’," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Jan 2020

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“Habanero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habanero?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=habane02. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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