(Mexican Smoked Chile Marinade)

This spicy marinade owes its unusual flavor to the chipotle, a smoked jalapeno chile. Chipotles are usually sold canned in tomato paste. Look for them at Mexican and Latin American markets. Adobo marinade goes particularly well with pork.


  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lime
  • 2 to 3 canned chipotle chiles or to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Juice the oranges and lime. Finely chop chiles and garlic.
  2. Place citrus juices, chilies, garlic, oregano, cumin, black pepper, vinegar and salt in blender, and puree until smooth.

Makes enough marinade for 1 1/2 to 2 pounds meat or chicken.

Source: Food Day, July 9, '91 From: Valerie Whittle