Chicken adobo. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Giant shaker of Goya adobo seasoning that’s been in the spice cabinet for ages. Do they have anything in common? Yes, they’re all delicious. The word adobo can mean marinade, sauce or seasoning. And they’re respectively Filipino, Mexican and generally Latin American in ethnicity. 

Adobo’s signature tart-spicy flavor combines the following: Red pepper, salt, garlic, oregano or bay leaves, and vinegar, originally used as a preservation agent for quick-spoiling foods like meat. The preparation varies by country and region, but where the term adobo is used, the concept is typically similar.  

Use today’s Word of the Day: Basic Adobo Sauce Recipe