It's sprinkled on chicken, mixed into rice, massaged into pernil. It's the ubiquitous Latin spice: adobo. If you didn't grow up in a household where the adobo flowed freely: adobo is an all-purpose seasoning and though recipes vary, it's usually made with salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, and a few other dried spices. You can make your own or find the bottled stuff in nearly every grocery store across America. And when we say all-purpose, we mean it. You'll be hard pressed to find a Latin dinner without adobo.
Now, while adobo's great on churrascos, chicken, and rice, we want you to see that everyday snacks and dishes can benefit from some adobo lovin’ as well! Get creative and use the seasoning to spice up everything from popcorn and burgers to deviled eggs and latkes. Here are some of our favorite awesome adobo recipes to help you get started.
Try it in Mac and Cheese
Ah, mac n’ cheese. Inexpensive, accessible, and comforting. But usually a little routine. (Especially if you're using a shortcut version that involves a box and a pack of "flavor.") To switch up your version, make Campbell’s® Spicy Baked Mac and Cheese with Pearl Onions, go to Step 2, skip the salt, add adobo to taste, follow the rest of the recipe, and enjoy. Peppery, cheesy goodness awaits!
Try it on Popcorn
Why buy a cheese-flavored popcorn powder when you can top off that movie night must-have with what you already have in your kitchen? Just add a teaspoon to your bag of microwaved, buttery popcorn and toss it all together.
Try it on Latkes
You already know that seasoning goes great with fries, why not put adobo on all potato-based dishes? Use up your old mashed potatoes by whipping up Ancho Potato Cakes. Just replace the salt in Step 2 with adobo to give the latke-style bites a richer flavor. Adobo perfectly compliments the ground ancho chile powder.
Try it in Deviled Eggs
Classics are great to play around with. Check out Deviled Eggs (Huevos Endiablados), a spicy and tempting twist on the American staple. For a heartier flavor, skip the salt and pepper in Step 1 and replace with adobo to taste. Some brands of adobo have a little extra spice mixed in, but don’t forget to top off the finished eggs with a pinch of extra paprika for added smokiness.
Try it on Oven-Roasted Veggies
Eating your veggies is not always easy, but it is with adobo. Try out this Cayenne Cauliflower and you'll love getting your daily dose of vitamins. For a garlicky undertone to that punch the pepper flakes are packing, simply switch out the salt for adobo in Step 3.
Try it in Scrambled Eggs
Adobo works wonders here; it's the easiest way to give eggs a great deep flavor that salt just can't provide. This Rainbow Veg Scrambled Eggs recipe is great as is, but to really surprise your honey with breakfast in bed, simply add adobo to your cracked eggs in Step 2 and eliminate the salt from Step 3. Tip: for added fluffiness, add a small splash of whole milk to your egg mixture before you pour it in the pan!
Try it in Burgers
Give your burgers a new life with a surprise ingredient. Start with this 50/50 Burger: half lamb, half beef, all flavor. For a little extra something, use half your usual amount of salt and match that amount in adobo and add both to meat in Step 5. Bonus points if you throw in a spoonful of sofrito!