Adobo is a staple of Latin – Caribbean cuisine. It is very easy to make so there is no need to buy store-bought which may contain preservatives or even Monosodium glutamate. It is just a simple combination of several wonderful spices and herbs to make a powerful seasoning.

Adobo Seasoning


  • 1 tbsp ground coriander (the seed of the cilantro)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground bija (anato, achiote) or turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
    1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp oregano (I buy Dominican. It is a different plant than the Italian Oregano usually sold in the US.)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In the top pot of double boiler, with a mixer at high speed, beat all ingredients with a 1/2 cup water* until blended, about 1 minute. Add all ingredients. Blend. That’s it. Use to season all your favorite Latin dishes.

A Simpler Version


  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano (preferably, Dominican Oregano)
  • Salt and pepper
Step 1

Mix all the spices and keep in a jar for later use.

To make it into a marinade or sauce, the spices are mixed with vinegar to enhance it’s flavor and preserve it.