How to Make Adobo Seasoning – An easy no-cook recipe for homemade adobo seasoning. Add this delicious adobo spice blend to your favorite Spanish and Latin-inspired dishes for a boost of bold flavor!

easy homemade adobo seasoning spice blend

What is Adobo Seasoning?

Although Adobo Seasoning is a very common ingredient included in many Spanish and Caribbean-inspired recipes, you might be wondering exactly what is this flavorful spice blend.

Wonderfully versatile Adobo Seasoning is a type of all-purpose seasoning salt – and it is, therefore, well, quite salty. It tastes like the perfect combination of savory, smoky, and earthy flavors with a slight hint of spiciness. The salt-heavy blend was originally used as a type of preservative before refrigeration was widely available. Today it has remained a staple in Latin American dishes, and has become popular throughout the US and much of the world.

Sure, store-bought Adobo Seasoning offers a ton of flavor in one simple ingredient. However, it can be hard to find in some stores and regions. Instead, you can quickly make your own packaged Adobo Seasoning substitute at home from scratch with many spices you likely already have! Plus, this Adobo Seasoning recipe can easily be tweaked with several additional spices to create a delicious and unique blend with your favorite flavors.

blend of adobo spices

Adobo Seasoning Ingredients

There are 8 classic spices included in this simple and authentic Adobo Seasoning recipe. In fact, you probably have most if not all of these in your pantry right now…

  • Salt the foundation for any seasoning salt
  • Dried oreganofor an earthy and fresh taste
  • Granulated garlic powderbrings the big flavor
  • Granulates onion powderbesties with the garlic powder, they help to enhance each other
  • Black pepperfreshly ground is best
  • Ground cumina staple in many Spanish recipes for the perfect smoky undertones
  • Ground turmericadds color and depth
  • Chili powderalmost spicy but not quite, this spice adds even more smoky and savor flavor

As-is this seasoning salt blend is terrifically flavorful. However, you also can include a variety of additional spices to create other blends to fit your tastes. Keep reading for a few suggestions of possible add-ins!

salt, cumin, oregano, turmeric

How to Make Homemade Adobo Seasoning

Make your own store-bought Adobo Seasoning substitute in less than 5 minutes and just 3 easy steps:

  1. Measure and pour all of the spices into a small bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Transfer the seasoning blend into a sealed container with a lid and store at room temperature. (A cute spice jar is a good idea!)

That’s it!

dish with spoon making adobo seasoning recipe

Suggestions for Other Possible Add-Ins

There are lots of ways to customize this healthy Adobo Seasoning recipe with even more bright and bold flavors. Give any of these add-ins a try:

  • Paprikafor an even more deep, smoky flavor
  • Cayenneadds a kick of spicy heat for a spicy adobo
  • Dried citrus zestto add a bright pop of acidity
  • Thymefor an extra earthy and herbaceous flavor
  • Dried coriandercoriander is also known as cilantro, so adding a bit of this dried spice will create a taste similar to chopped cilantro

Or feel free to get creative and add other spices you like. I’d love to hear in the comments what tasty blends you come up with!

spice blend from scratch adobo substitute

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dishes that use Adobo Seasoning?

This spice mix is terrific for adding bold flavor to Chicken Tinga Tacos, our fantastic Carne Guisada recipe, and Homemade Salsa Pastor. Use it to make a zesty marinade for chicken, beef, pork chops, or veggies. It’s delicious to include in nearly any Latin or Spanish-inspired dishes that call for an Adobo Seasoning blend!

What are other ways that Adobo Seasoning can be used?

Homemade Adobo Seasoning salt is a fabulous all-purpose seasoning to sprinkle onto popcorn, French fries, or on just about all of your favorite sides and snacks.

How do you store Adobo Seasoning?

This simple seasoning mix can be stored in any airtight container, like a plastic tub or jar, in a cool dark place for up to 6 months. You can also freeze it, in plastic bags for up to a year.

spoonful of spice blend

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Easy Adobo Seasoning Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
An easy no-cook recipe for homemade adobo seasoning. Add this delicious adobo spice blend to dishes for a boost of bold flavor!
Servings: 15 servings (.3 cup)



  • Set out a small mixing bowl. Measure and pour in all the seasoning and spices.
  • Mix well.
  • Move the Adobo Seasoning to an airtight container. Store for up to 6 months.


Optional add-ins: paprika, cayenne, dried citrus zest, thyme, or dried coriander.
Store homemade Adobo Seasoning in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1tsp, Calories: 5kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1165mg, Potassium: 21mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 28IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Seasoning, Spice
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, Spanish, Tex-Mex
Author: Sommer Collier
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