Definition of cascabel in US English:



  • A small red chile pepper of a mild-flavored variety.

    • ‘I dumped anchos, chipotles and cascabels into a pot and let Iris have at it.’
    • ‘A round, very hot chile, cascabels are less common than other dried chiles but have a delicious nutlike flavor when toasted.’
    • ‘Mix mashed sweet potatoes with ground coriander seeds, 1 generous tablespoon of the ground cascabels, and remaining ingredients and refrigerate, covered, for 24 hours to let flavors develop.’
    • ‘There is a wide array of peppers ranging from jalapeños and bell peppers to chipotles and cascabels.’
    • ‘Stir in the cascabels and let the chocolate mixture to cool slightly.’
    • ‘A dried, plum-shaped, blood-red chile, cascabels have a rich, nutty flavor and medium heat that make them excellent in sauces, soups and other cooked dishes.’


Mid 17th century: from Spanish, from Catalan cascavel, from medieval Latin cascabellus ‘little bell’.