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Recipe for Adobo Sauce | Authentic Mexican Recipe by Mexico in My Kitchen

Adobo Sauce Recipe

Making this Adobo sauce is not too complicated, but it requires a little time cleaning the peppers. So, when you prepare the sauce, try to double the amount to always have some extra in your freezer for those days when you are in a hurry and need to make dinner in less time. Best Adobo Sauce Recipe.
Course Salsas
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Soaking time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 Servings ((or 2 cups)Cups
Calories 25kcal


  • 4 (30 grams) Guajillo peppers
  • 3 (50 grams)Ancho Peppers
  • 3 cups of warm water
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 8 black peppercorns or ⅓ teaspoon freshly ground
  • Salt to taste


  • With the help of your kitchen scissors or a small sharp knife, make a slit cut along the pepper to remove the seeds and veins.
  • Place the cleaned peppers in the warm water, and soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the peppers are the soft place in a blender with the garlic and black peppercorns. Add 1 ½ cup of the soaking water and process. If you have a professional blender your sauce will very smooth and you won’t need to pass the sauce through a sieve.
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. Stir well after defrosting. To use season according to the recipe of the dish you are preparing.


When buying dried peppers make sure you are buying the right peppers. I have found some brands labeling to be incorrect, sometimes naming Mulato peppers to pasilla peppers. I usually post the pictures of the peppers I am using in a recipe to avoid confusions.
If the pepper is too dry that it breaks while handling, place it a couple of minutes in a warm skillet, not hot! Just warm and turn frequently, this will help the skin to soften. Or place in the microwave for 10 seconds.


Serving: 2Tbsp. | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1970IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg