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Adobo Seasoning

All you need is a generous sprinkle of adobo seasoning to take your food from bland to flavorful! This garlicky all-purpose mix can easily be made at home with spices you probably have in your cabinet!

Adobo seasoning in a white bowl

What is Adobo Seasoning

Adobo is a mix of spices dominated by garlic, salt and pepper.

It’s part of the trifecta of Puerto Rican cooking, along with sofrito and sazón.

Homemade adobo is easy to make!

While it’s convenient to buy a bottle of premixed spices, sometimes it’s better to make your own.

I grew up on Goya adobo, but when living overseas I realized it wasn’t available to everyone everywhere.

Luckily the ingredients are not hard to find individually and you can make your own Goya adobo seasoning substitute.

adobo in small mason jar

The nice thing about mixing your own seasonings is that you can adjust the ingredients to your personal preference.

When cooking, I always add extra garlic powder to my dishes.

My mom is on a very low sodium diet and can’t even have the low sodium versions of store-bought adobo.

With my custom mix I can go heavy on the garlic and my mom can have her beloved adobo without salt.

This version also contains no MSG, which some people try to avoid.

adobo spices laid out on table

Adobo Ingredients

The three must-have ingredients are garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. Everything else is optional and to your taste.

  • Garlic – I prefer granulated, but garlic powder works as well.
  • Salt – kosher or table salt is fine
  • Black pepper – freshly ground is the most flavorful!
  • Oregano – you can use dried oregano or ground oregano. (Goya brand uses powdered oregano). If using powdered oregano you’ll need to use half the amount or less since it’s very concentrated.
  • Turmeric – brightens up the flavor of the other ingredients and gives a pretty yellow hue.
  • Cumin – adds a little savory smoky flavor
  • Onion powder – adds a little savory sweetness

This needs to be stored in an airtight container. You can recycle an old spice shaker, or use a glass jar.

I love the various lids you can get for mason jars like the orange one in the picture.

I also have some with little shaker holes like a store-bought spice container.

adobo seasoning in a mason jar with orange shaker lid

Uses for Adobo

Adobo is the basic seasoning for many Puerto Rican and other Hispanic dishes.

Use it to season Puerto Rican Chuletas Guisadas, rice and beans, and arroz con gandules.

This all-purpose seasoning is phenomenal on any kind of meat – steaks, chicken breast, hamburgers, etc.

And it’s not limited to only Puerto Rican food! We use it for anything and everything you would use seasoning salt.

Check out The Best Puerto Rican recipes for more inspiration!

Adobo seasoning in a white bowl

Adobo Seasoning

Yield: 2/3 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This garlicky all-purpose mix can easily be made at home with spices you probably have in your cabinet! This Puerto Rican seasoning is great on any meat, rice or beans!


  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)


  1. Whisk everything together and store in an airtight

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 424mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Sunday 21st of March 2021

I like recipes like this. I would always rather make my own. I will soon be making some. I’ll let you know how the flavor compared to Goya.

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