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a thick red sauce in a bowl with a spoon in it

Quick Red Adobo Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ⅓ cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce/Dip
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Smoky, spicy and earthy, homemade adobo sauce is a must-have condiment and sauce for homemade Mexican cuisine. 




Add garlic and 1 ¼ cups water to a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, add ancho chile powder, vinegar, salt, oregano, cinnamon, cumin and black pepper to a high-powered blender or food processor.

Add hot water and garlic to blender, secure lid and blend on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute. 


Adobo sauce will last a couple of months stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 2
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 175mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: adobo sauce, homemade adobo sauce

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