Leave the store-bought stuff on the shelves, and instead make this homemade Adobo Seasoning! This mouthwatering seasoning blend can be used on chicken, steak, pork, fish, veggies... The list goes on forever. The best part? You probably already have everything you need to make it in your spice cabinet right now!

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Adobo Seasoning

I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store-bought seasoning mixes. Now that I’ve been making my own for quite some time, I swear I can taste the difference! You could blindfold me, and I know I’d be able to tell the difference between a homemade seasoning blend and one that comes from a plastic bottle or a packet. There’s just something factory-made about store-bought seasonings that you can truly taste. Maybe it’s all of the preservatives?

This quick and easy Adobo Seasoning has quickly become one of my new favorite spice mixes. It’s made with an array of bold ingredients like smoked paprika, dried oregano, chili powder, ground cumin, and so much more! It enhances pretty much any protein it’s prepared with, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Just like any good seasoning mix, you can sprinkle this stuff on just about anything and it makes it ten times more delicious.

I’m not exaggerating, either. I usually reserve Adobo Seasoning for my favorite chicken recipe, but I also find myself sprinkling it on various veggies like sautéed onions and bell peppers, refried beans, and even baked potatoes! Adobo Seasoning lends a savory flavor that pairs perfectly with just about everything, which makes it super handy in the kitchen. I love being able to reach for this homemade mixture any time I want!

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How to Make It

Whisk. Toss all of the measured ingredients into a bowl, then whisk to thoroughly combine.

Serve or store, and enjoy! Transfer the Adobo Seasoning to an airtight jar or other seasoning container, and enjoy!

See? That’s just one of the many great things about making your own seasoning mixes at home. It’s SO quick and easy! Making your own seasoning mixes is one of the most simple ways to elevate any dish.

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How can I use Adobo Seasoning?

My favorite way to enjoy this savory seasoning mix is to make Adobo Chicken. With that being said, this blend of spices is delicious on any protein you can think of! Sprinkle it onto your meats before, during, or even after cooking to add great complimentary flavor.

If you’re a vegetarian (or just really love your veggies), this seasoning also pairs well with vegetables of pretty much all kinds! Corn on the cob is one of my favorites.

Other dishes that benefit from this mix include mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, hummus, and refried beans are also tasty with a little Adobo Seasoning mixed in.

How long will Adobo Seasoning stay fresh?

In an airtight container at room temperature, Adobo Seasoning will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Just make sure it’s stored in a dry, cool place, and out of direct sunlight. When you’re reaching for your Adobo, make sure you’re not scooping any from the jar with a dirty utensil! Any new bacteria that’s introduced to the spice mix may cause it to spoil.

There’s no need to refrigerate Adobo Seasoning.

Is Adobo Seasoning spicy?

Nope! While spices like smoked paprika and chili powder give this seasoning blend a little kick of extra flavor, Adobo Seasoning certainly isn’t in the spicy category.

Why is it called Adobo?

The name “Adobo” is actually originally from the Spanish word “adobar,” which means “to marinate.” This seasoning blend is a classic, and has been used for many years to marinate various meats!

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Get the Recipe: Adobo Seasoning

The most robust and vibrant seasoning in your kitchen! Adobo seasoning is packed with fresh spices for the ultimate all-purpose blend.
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  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons course ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried orange peel, optional
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder


  • bowl


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.


Use to season steaks, chicken, scrambled eggs, hummus, corn on the cob and more!
Calories: 7kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1313mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 390IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg