How To Make Peruvian Adobo

Posted on: 10 February 2017

Adobo is a traditional Peruvian dish made with spicy peppers and pork. It's typically served with plenty of bread for dipping in the spicy sauce. Whether you're a fan of Peruvian cuisine or looking to expand your palate, you'll enjoy this adobo recipe, which is easy to make in a home kitchen with ingredients found in your local grocery store.

You'll need:

  • 3 dried red chili peppers
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 can of lager-style beer
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 3-pound pork loin roast


Use a mortar and pestle to grind the dried spices, including the cumin, nutmeg, and oregano, into a fine powder. Set this aside.

Place the chili peppers in a large, heat-resistant bowl. Pour the hot water over them, and allow them to soak for about 15 minutes. This should soften the peppers, making them plump and pliable. Drain away the excess water.

Put the soaked, drained peppers, the onion, beer, garlic, salt, and ground spices into a food processor. Process until a smooth mixture forms. You may need to pulse the food processor a few times to encourage the peppers to puree completely.

Unwrap the pork loin, and place it on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 1-inch slices. Place the slices in a large baking pan, and then pour the pepper mixture over them. Cover the pan with a heat-resistant lid or with aluminum foil.

Place the covered dish in a 300 degree F oven. Roast for 20 minutes, and then remove the pork from the oven. Turn over the pork slices, and if the sauce seems a little thick, add a little of the water to the pan. Return the pan to the oven and roast uncovered for another 30 minutes. Check the pork every few minutes and add a little water if the sauce seems to be getting too thick.

Remove the pork from the oven, and let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving it in a shallow dish. Serve with thick slices of soft white bread for dipping.

You can store any leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. This dish is delicious when reheated in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. If you have extra sauce, enjoy it over rice or pasta.

If you would rather eat Peruvian food you don't have to cook yourself, check out some local restaurants in your area, such as Inka Grill.