The word means adobo marinade or spice mixture. This is an ancient method of preserving meat used in hot countries .
Today , adobo is used to the taste , and there are many variations around the world . The spices that are most often found ares oregano, pepper, salt , cumin . Some recipes may include orange juice, lemon juice or lime . In Puerto Rico, the adobo is used to marinate meat and seafood before cooking on the grill. In Peru, the adobo is used to marinate the pork and vegetables cooked stew . It is also considered a delicacy in the Philippines .
Adobo Lime Chicken
Squeeze juice of 1 lime over 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of spice blend on both sides of chicken; gently rub into surface. Cover and marinate for several hours. Grill or sauté in skillet.
Marinated Mexican Beef
Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of spice blend with 1 cup tomato juice. Pour over 1 pound flank steak, skirt steak or thinly sliced top round in zipper-seal bag; seal bag tightly and marinate for several hours in the refrigerator. Grill or broil medium-rare to medium.
Combine 2 cups chopped tomato, 2 tablespoons each minced fresh cilantro and onion, 2 to 3 teaspoons of spice blend, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and hot pepper sauce. Mix well and serve with tortilla chips.