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    cookiedog's Note:

    I'm posting this because my mom found a recipe for enchiladas on this site and could not find adobo seasoning in the market. She found a jar of adobo similar to mole but it would have turned her enchiladas verdes into enchiladas negros. This is a seasoning mix I found on the web from The Daisy Cooks show on PBS.

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    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon dried citrus zest (orange, lemon, or lime)
    • 1 teaspoon saffron
    • 1 teaspoon achiote powder


    1. 1
      Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. You can use any or all of the optional ingredients.
    2. 2
      Shake well and store for up to 2 months in a cool dry place.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 26, 2009


      I used all the ingredients listed and tried this on both scrambled egg and slices of tofu! For the tofu I mixed in a little bit of flour and dredged the slices in that. Used cumin seed for ground and whirled all the ingredients in a clean coffee mill. I can see using this spice/herb mix for many different things, including salad dressing, meat loaf, steamed veggies. If I were to find any fault with the recipe it would be that there is an excessive amount of salt. I only used a fraction of salt in the 1/2 cup amount of seasoning I prepared. Thanks! Reviewed for ZWT 2009.

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    • on April 25, 2007


      I wanted to make another RecipeZaar recipe that called for adobo, and since I don't have any, was PLEASED to find this recipe. I made it using the first six ingredients (only half the salt) plus 3 TBSP chili powder since I didn't have achiote, zest or saffron on hand. A great combination of flavors and works well in the awesome recipezaar recipe called "Chicken Carne Asada." Thank you for saving me a trip to the market, and for a "keeper" recipe.

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    • on February 04, 2008


      More peppery than my usual ready made brand – a good thing! Scaling the recipe down to ¼ cup and reducing the salt even more, I added some cumin, achiote and a pinch of dried orange zest. I can see this blend replacing a lot of my others – it tastes wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Dry Adobo Seasoning (Adobo Seco)

    Serving Size: 1 (131 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 236.0
    Calories from Fat 15
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 20971.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 54.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 12.4 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 9.8 g

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    citrus zest

    achiote powder

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