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Adobo Seasoning Recipe

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Making your own spice mixes saves you money and uses up your old spices. Adobo Seasoning is used in many traditional Latin dishes an is so versatile!

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Made in less than 5 minutes, and with only staples from your pantry, it is the perfect marinade for pork, chicken, fish, beans and even vegetables!

What is adobo seasoning?

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Adobo seasoning is a spice mix that can be a dry mix or a paste that is vinegar based. It can be just savory or have a bit of added heat.

The word adodo comes from the Spanish word “adobor” meaning to marinate. Adobo seasoning is used in many Spanish, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Mexican dishes, according to Wikipedia.

What is in Adobo Seasoning?

Most often it is made with;

  • Mexican oregano (can substitute regular oregano
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • turmeric
  • kosher salt (I add the salt when I use it, to avoid clumping)

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Optional ingredients

  • chili powder, or cayenne or chipotle
  • onion powder
  • cumin
  • paprika

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How to make it

  1. Measure all ingredients. Place in mixing bowl or jar and mix well. Store in air tight container, on counter.
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How to Use it

Use it as a a rub for grilled meats, in guacamole, soups, chilis, refried beans, stews, eggs, fajitas,tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, nachos.

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Adobo Seasoning

Make your own adobo seasoning at home and saves tons of money! 
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Course: Spice Mixes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Tbsp
Calories: 12kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $1



  • In a bowl, stir together all ingredients, Mix well.. Add a few grains of rice to soak up moisture so that salt doesn't clump up (or don't add salt until you use it.). Store in a plastic storage bag and then in a sealed in a jar away from heat. Make multiple batches, if you use a lot. It will save on time later.
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Best if used within one year. 
Making your own spice mixes is a great way to use up spices before they lose their potency and freshness.


Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 2333mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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    1. It depends on the recipe and quantity that I’m making. If you are following a recipe that calls for Adobo, just substitute this homemade version for the directions on the recipe. If you are just a just winging it, add it to taste. It doesn’t have salt, so I wouldn’t worry too much about over seasoning.

  1. This is great Beth. I have a few spices with only a little left. I dont have the room for old and new jars so now i can use up those old ones to create this.

    1. That’s great Kim. I know how you feel. My spice cabinet is teeming! Thanks so much for the comment!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this seasoning! I used it over chicken to make chicken adobo and it was so delicious! Perfect blend. I’ll have to make a double batch next time.

    1. We love it too! It is so flavorful! I’m so glad you enjoyed it Emily! Thanks for letting me know!

    1. Me too! It really makes so much sense to make your own, instead of having another bottle in your spice drawer.

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