Last updated on October 8th, 2019 at 02:06 pm
Adobo Seasoning is like the Mexican version of seasoned salt or all purpose seasoning. You can make this delicious seasoning for everything with 5 ingredients that you already have in your pantry!
Adobo Seasoning means one thing to Mexican cuisine and another to Filipino dishes. Don’t get confused or we will be forced to take away your international foods passport.
For this recipe, I will show you the Mexican style adobo seasoning. But don’t fret because I will also explain the differences and similarities too. You don’t want to get yourself in a bind, especially when it comes to cooking great food!
For example, you could use it in recipes like my Celebration Sliders if you wanted to. Not going to force you… but wouldn’t hurt to try.
Mexican Style Adobo Seasoning
Mexican style adobo seasoning fuses Spanish and indigenous cultural flavors to create a seasoning that can be used wet or dry. Basically, it is a major seasoning foundation to a lot of dishes.
I will show you how to do the dry seasoning which you can use for a rub on meats, add to stews, and even just sprinkle on most anything you want.
It is so good you will start eyeballing different things and wondering how it would taste with adobo seasoning on it… Like melon for example.
So, feel free to make extra. It is delicious, stores well, and finds purpose in plenty of recipes.
Just take me to the Adobo Seasoning Recipe!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Adobo Seasoning recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Create Your Own Dry Adobo Seasoning
So, while this seasoning can be either be Filipino or Mexican style, it can also be wet or dry. In fact, adobo can also be considered a sauce, not just a wet marinade.
If that wasn’t confusing enough, the cultural heritage of both Filipino and Mexican style adobos share some history. Specifically, the Spanish sailors that went around searching for pots of gold and fountains of youth, found flavors and food preservation techniques to appropriate as well.
In some ways, making your own adobo rub counts as finding a pot of gold.
Basically, Filipino style adobo refers to a dish where the main seasonings are vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. Whereas Mexican adobo can be a seasoning blend or a sauce. The sauce includes the adobo seasoning, but then adds in vinegar, garlic, tomatoes, and chili peppers.
For my basic adobo seasoning blend, you need salt, pepper, turmeric, granulated garlic, and oregano.
Grind the heck out of the ingredients. You want the vigorous blender action to make a fine powder out of everything. This makes the flavors come together as one. So you don’t just taste any one flavor on its own.
I have used a mortar and pestle, and came out with very sore arms so I would recommend an electric spice grinder.
In this sense, making your own adobo is akin to making your own gumbo file seasoning.
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Seasoning Blends Flavor With Versatility
A homemade Mexican adobo can be stored for a few months. Just make sure to keep it in a dry place in a tightly sealed spice jar. I like to keep it in a spice jar that has a sprinkle style top.
That way I can use it in just a small dusting over the top of a steak or pork tenderloin to season. Or I can open it up and dump it onto a piece of meat and use it generously as a dry rub.
More Tips For Using Adobo Seasoning
- What sort of dishes does adobo seasoning go best with?
Adobo seasoning works great on meat or veggies. You can use it on chicken, beef, or pork. I personally like it best on pork and chicken, but try it on some baked squash too.
- How do I use adobo seasoning to make the adobo sauce?
You can easily make adobo sauce with some tomato paste, vinegar, and ground chilis, then just add your adobo dry seasoning and simmer. Add more tomato if the chilis are too hot.
- Can I use garlic powder instead of granulate garlic?
You can use garlic powder but I feel like starting with the granulated garlic has a better flavor.
- Are you supposed to include annatto seeds?
Some people use ground annatto seeds because the powder is bright orange so it adds a light yellow color and a slightly nutty flavor.
Don’t be surprised if you start using your homemade adobo to season instead of just salt and pepper. It adds a great sprinkle of flavors and works on everything. Especially popcorn!
Other great regional spice mixes!
- Cajun Seasoning
- Italian Seasoning
- Southwest Seasoning
- Greek Seasoning
- Shawarma Seasoning
- Steakhouse Seasoning
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Easy Adobo Seasoning Recipe
- 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
- 1.5 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- Combine all the ingredients.
- Mix to combine.
- Grind in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 4 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 476mg Carbohydrates: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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