Adobo seasoning probably isn’t really one of those all purpose seasoning mixes that you reach for a lot. Most likely you came here because a recipe called for it and you don’t have it. So you came looking for a recipe or for an adobo seasoning substitute. You can buy it at most grocery stores or you can just make it yourself.
Adobo is actually a sauce and comes from the Spanish word adobar which means marinade. Adobo seasoning would be the combination of herbs and spices that give it a flavor popular in Spanish, Puerto Rican and Mexican cooking. A perfect example of this is my Mexican pork chop recipe with adobo seasoning. But it is a good multi-purpose seasoning too and shouldn't be limited to just Latin recipes.
What is adobo seasoning made of?
Adobo usually is made from a spice mix of of onion powder, oregano, cumin and garlic powder. It also includes black pepper and sometimes paprika or chili powder. It’s a spice blend of ingredients you probably already have at home. Some versions call for salt, some use tumeric. But essentially it’s a seasoning with Latin flavors.
Where can I buy adobo seasoning?
Goya adobo is a popular brand that you can find in a low of grocery stores. Amazon has it, which is where I buy all of my spices these days and prime pantry is a life savor. But this gives you an idea of what to look for.
Their tag line is “a simple shake is all it takes.”
What is a good substitute for adobo seasoning?
It’s going to hard to imitate Goya seasoning without having their exact recipe, but you can find a number of substitutes online. Most of them call for similar ingredients to my recipe below, while others are simpler and mimic the Goya brand. It’s really a matter of taste and how close to authentic you want to be.
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Adobo Seasoning Recipe
- Combine all ingredients in a small, air-tight jar.
- Shake to combine.
- Store in a cool, dry place with your normal spices.
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