Adobo Sauce (& Beef Adobo Recipe)

An easy recipe for making adobo sauce and a beef adobo dinner. 

Course Sauce
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 sauce servings
Calories 90 kcal


Adobo sauce:

Beef adobo dinner:

  • 12 ounces flank steak
  • 1/3 cup adobo sauce (above)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Making adobo sauce:

  1. Snap the stems from chiles and discard them. In a large bowl, soak chiles in hot water until soft and pliable, about 30 minutes. If the chiles float to the surface, use a plate to keep them fully submerged.
  2. Drain the chiles and discard the water. For a less spicy sauce, remove the seeds.
  3. In a blender, add softened chiles and all remaining adobo sauce ingredients. Blend until pureed into a thick paste-like consistency, pausing occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender. If too thick to blend, add water to thin it out.

Making beef adobo:

  1. Slice the flank steak against the grain into thin strips, about 1/4 inch thick. In a large bowl, toss the beef with corn starch until well-coated. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine adobo sauce and mayonnaise, stirring together until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wide pan over medium to medium-high heat for a few minutes until hot. Add beef and cook for a few minutes until browned, stirring and flipping the slices frequently.
  4. Reduce to medium-low heat. Add adobo-mayonnaise sauce to the pan and stir with the beef until well-mixed, about a minute.
  5. Turn off the heat and serve while hot. Optionally top with freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition Info

This recipe yields 9.5 g net carbs per serving of adobo sauce (1/3 cup or 1/3 recipe) and 8.5g net carbs per serving of beef adobo (1/2 recipe).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (Adobo Sauce)
Calories 90  
Total Fat 2g 4%
   Saturated Fat 0g 1%
   Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 790mg 33%
Potassium 40mg 1%
Total Carb 16.5g 6%
   Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
   Sugars 0g  
Protein 4g  
Vitamin A 120% · Vitamin C 2% · Calcium 4% · Iron 22%

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (Beef Adobo)
Calories 500  
Total Fat 32g 49%
   Saturated Fat 7g 34%
   Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 550mg 23%
Potassium 480mg 14%
Total Carb 12g 4%
   Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
   Sugars 0g  
Protein 40g  
Vitamin A 60% · Vitamin C 1% · Calcium 5% · Iron 24%