This adobo spice seasoning is made with a blend of 5 commonly used spices and helps infuse dishes with flavors of garlic, onion and peppers. It’s perfect for red meat, flavored rice dishes, and so much more.

a spoonful of adobo seasoning

It’s about time I share this super simple spice blend that’s a staple in many Puerto Rican recipes. If you’re a regular here at Salima’s Kitchen, you’re very familiar with adobo spice seasoning.

You’ll find it in classic recipes like these empanadillas, alcapurrias, and so many other popular savory dishes.

Similar to my sazon seasoning recipe, this spice mix takes a handful of classic Puerto Rican spices and combines them into an easy to use blend you will find yourself reaching for over and over again!

bowls of oregano, paprika, salt, and more spices

Ingredients

Here are the spices you will need to make your adobo spice seasoning:

See recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

a bowl with pepper and garlic powder
Mix all spices together in a jar, mix to combine and enjoy!

Tip: make sure to check the expiration dates on your spices before using. This will help ensure your adobo spice stays nice and fresh.

Substitutions

If you’ve ever made your own spice blend before, you know it’s pretty hard to screw up. Like most seasoning blends, this adobo spice is very forgiving.

Feel free to try mixing it up if you’re missing a spice with these substitute ideas:

  • black pepper – if you don’t have this you can swap it with white pepper or leave it out.
  • onion powder – I sometimes use onion flakes instead of powder.
  • leave out the salt – if you’re trying to control your salt intake, you can easily leave the salt out of this recipe.
a bowl of adobo seasoning with a spoon

Variations

If you want to really spice it up, try adding these spices to your adobo blend:

  • turmeric – if you want to add some color as well as a subtle sweetness, a half teaspoon of turmeric will do the trick!
  • cumin – cumin is one of my favorite spices because of the warmth it brings to any dish. Try it out if your a fan of this spice and let me know what you think!
  • chili powder – make things even smokier with chili powder and paprika

Equipment

For any spice blends, I recommend investing in some air tight jars to keep them nice and fresh.

I really like using Weck jars because they’re easy to clean and, let’s be honest, really cute. A mason jar would also work just fine if that’s what you’ve got!

a bowl of adobo seasoning with a spoon

Storage

As long as your spices are fresh, you should be able to keep this blend up until they expire! Just make sure to check their expiration date before using.

Happy cooking!

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a spoonful of adobo seasoning

5 Minute DIY Adobo Spice Seasoning

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ⅓ cup 1x
  • Category: spice blend
  • Method: raw
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This adobo spice seasoning is made with a blend of 5 commonly used spices and helps infuse dishes with flavors of garlic, onion and peppers. It’s perfect for red meat, flavored rice dishes, and so much more.


Ingredients

Scale


Instructions

  1. Mix all spices together in a jar, mix to combine and enjoy!