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Quick Red Adobo Sauce

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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Yield 1 ⅓ cups
Category Sauce/Dip
Cuisine Mexican
Author Lauren Grant


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


  • 8 large cloves garlic
  • ½ cup ancho chile powder
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, marjoram or regular oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 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: 1tablespoonCalories: 2kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gSodium: 175mg
Keywords adobo sauce, homemade adobo sauce
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