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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The rest is chopped onions, red or green bell peppers (whichever is available), yellow chile or sliced jalapeño peppers, shiitake mushrooms (my own addition), adobo seasoning, garlic powder, and chile powder. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 Cámara brings that sensibility to her cookbook with simple, flavorful recipes for crispy tacos dorados, sopes with seafood adobo and her famed tuna tostadas., "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 Chipotles can be purchased dried, powdered, pickled or canned, usually in adobo sauce, as in the recipe for Mason Jar Cafe’s Tuna salad. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: What are chipotle peppers?," 21 June 2019 Tinga, a rich stewed meat dish originally from the state of Puebla, Mexico, is made with shredded chicken in a sauce (tomatoes, chipotle chilis in adobo and onions). San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Welcome summer at Scoop San Diego’s inaugural ice cream festival," 20 June 2019 Options include Filipino barbecue, chicken adobo made with chicken marinated in a vinegar soy sauce, and pancit with egg or rice noodles, chicken or tofu and vegetables. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Austin's Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar coming to the Heights," 10 June 2019 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

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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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