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Adobo Salsa
- smoky and spicy -

The adobo salsa is characterized for having a flavor that is strong, a bit spicy, with slightly smoky notes and a soft sweetness. Its thick consistency and dark red color make it very appealing and attractive .

– This salsa doesn’t have the same functionality as the other salsas, of being placed on the table center so everybody can serve to taste.

This is the salsa that is used to
mix with meats while they are being cooked or to marinate them like the dishes of: tacos al pastor , chicken in adobo , pork in adobo , etc.

The adobo salsa recipe is often prepared with slight variations depending on the dish and type of meat that will be cooked. Although it is a salsa that specializes in marinating food you could also use it to sauce some delicious enchiladas.

About the Recipe

  • This is a salsa very easy to prepare, you won’t have any problem.
  • In this recipe the chilies’ veins and seeds are not removed however if you want it milder, they can be removed.
  • The adobo salsa is prepared with cumin, just be careful and don’t use too much because its flavor becomes bitter.
  • This recipe will be ready in maximum .
  • Yields approximately 1 cup of salsa.


  • 7 Guajillo Peppers (2.4 oz)
  • 5 Ancho Peppers (1.7 oz)
  • 1/2 Onion (2.6 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of White Vinegar
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Kitchen Spoon
  • 1 Strainer

  • Directions

    1. Put in a saucepan:
    • 7 Guajillo Peppers.
    • 5 Ancho Peppers.
    • The enough Water to cover the chilies.

    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat and leave the chilies cooking in the boiling water for about 5 minutes, until they soften.
    2. Transfer from the saucepan to a blender, with a kitchen spoon, the chilies that were cooked.
    3. Also add in the blender:
    • 1/2 Onion.
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • 1 teaspoon of Cumin.
    • 1 teaspoon of Oregano.
    • 1 tablespoon of White Vinegar.
    • Pepper to taste.
    • 1/4 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Blend very well the ingredients.
    2. Strain over a bowl the adobo salsa.

    It is very important to strain the salsa so it has a more homogeneous texture.

    ¡The Adobo is Ready!

    The Adobo Salsa with some of the ingredients that are used in its preparation

    * This salsa can last a long time in the fridge thanks to the vinegar and the salt that act as preservatives .

    Variations: Changing slightly the ingredients we get different seasoning and different adobos like the adobo from Queretaro , adobo from Hidalgo and ancho pepper adobo.

    Did you like the Adobo?

    Now Prepare a Mexican Dish

    Veracruz Style Fish
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    Swiss Enchiladas
    Grilled Steak

    These guajillo peppers will give a very good color and flavor to your salsa.

    Sometimes is difficult to find ancho peppers, however you no longer have to worry about this because you can buy them here.

    For this recipe you need a good blender and the Ninja is excellent.