ado·​bo | \ ə-ˈdō-bō How to pronounce adobo (audio) , ä-ˈt͟hō-bō How to pronounce adobo (audio) \
plural adobos

Definition of adobo

1 : a Philippine dish of fish or meat usually marinated in a sauce containing vinegar and garlic, browned in fat, and simmered in the marinade
2 : a spicy marinade used in Latin American cuisine and usually containing vinegar, garlic, and chili peppers chipotles in adobo
3 : a seasoning mixture that typically includes ground dried garlic, ground dried onion, oregano, salt, and pepper

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In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbages, carrots, onion, shallot, chilies, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, adobo, salt, and pepper. Fox News, "Recipes for your Caribbean themed party," 3 June 2013 Combine tomato sauce, chipotle, adobo sauce, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Tacos," 30 Oct. 2018 Place a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°. Whisk vinegar, brown sugar, gochujang, and adobo in a medium bowl until sugar is dissolved. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Pork Ribs with Gochujang Barbecue Sauce," 28 May 2018 The menu features guacamole, cheese chicharrónes, shrimp cocktail, and various tacos including chicken adobo and beef with potatoes. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Bergdorf’s Revitalizes Its Lower-Level Cafe," 5 June 2018 Some of the highlights include an adobo chicken taco and al pastro lumpia (Filipino spring rolls). Jenn Harris,, "You will soon be able to get Canter's Deli sandwiches at this new food hub in Pasadena," 5 June 2018 From Saigon-style pho and chilled udon to North Indian stuffed okra and a variation on chicken adobo, here are family recipes that chefs have taken inspiration from and adapted. Charles Lam, NBC News, "Chefs Share Dishes Inspired by Family Recipes for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of adobo

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adobo

borrowed from Spanish, "marinade," noun derivative of adobar "to arrange, prepare, cook, marinate," borrowed from Old French adober "to arm (a knight), prepare," from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -dober, borrowed from Old Low Franconian *dubban "to strike"; akin to Old Frisian dubba "to hit, knock" — more at dub entry 1

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