Adobo Recado

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Our Adobo recado recipe is used to flavor meats and chicken.  This seasoning is a mixture of dried chiles, allspice, cumin, oregano and tomatoes.

Recipe By: Chef Reed Hearon, La Parilla
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  • Serves 4


    • 1 cup corn oil
    • 6 guajillo chiles, seeded and deveined
    • 4 ancho chiles, seeded and deveined
    • 1 chipotle chile, seeded and deveined
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 8 whole allspice, freshly ground
    • 4 whole cloves, freshly ground
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, freshly ground
    • 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano, freshly ground
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, pan-roasted until blistered, deeply browned, and soft
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Heat the oil in a medium-sized saute pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Fry the chiles, 1 or 2 at a time, until puffed and brown, about 10 seconds. Do not let them burn or the adobo will taste bitter. Shake off excess oil from the chiles and place in a medium bowl. Reserve the cooking oil. Add the boiling water to the chiles and let soak until soft, about 20 minutes. Toss occasionally to make sure all the chiles soften evenly.

Put the softened chiles, their soaking water, and all the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (You can use a food processor, but you will not get as smooth a texture.)

Heat 2 tablespoons of reserved chile oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Pour the blended mixture into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to reduce, sizzle, and becomes darkly colored, about 10 minutes. If it boils too vigorously, lower the heat. Keeps, tightly covered, several weeks in the refrigerator.
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