Thursday, May 5, 2011

Homemade Adobo Seasoning

Homemade Adobo Seasoning

Adobo seasoning is a blend of Latin spices and herbs used as an all-purpose seasoning to marinade meats, poultry and seafood. You can also add this seasoning mix to any of your Latin dishes. I decided to make my own adobo seasonings since most of the adobo seasoning mix that is available in Latin markets contain MSG. This recipe makes a 2-cup quantity and is stored in your pantry for up to 6 months. I used this seasoning to marinate pork loin chops and it was very tasty. You don't need to add additional salt to the meat while cooking since there is already the perfect amount of salt in the seasoning mix. The aroma blooms when the seasoning is mixed with the oil and becomes more intense while the meat is marinating. This seasoning mix is amazing.

6 tablespoons table salt
6 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons onion powder
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
3 tablespoons dried crushed Mexican oregano
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons anchiote seed seasoning -
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1-1/2 tablespoons ground ancho chili powder
1-1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika (regular is OK if you don't have smoked)
1-1/2 tablespoons ground turmeric
1-1/2 tablespoons ground coriander

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk or fork. Transfer to an airtight container and store in your pantry for up to 6 months.

To use the seasoning mix as a marinade, I mix 2 tablespoons of the abobo seasoning with 3 tablespoons olive oil, using a fork or a small whisk. This amount can marinate about 2 pounds large cuts of meats, i.e., pork loin chops or chicken breasts. Double the amount of marinade if marinating smaller cuts of meats, i.e., chicken tenders, kabob or skewer sizes.

Yield about 2 cups seasoning mix

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