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Copycat Goya Adobo Seasoning

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I use Goya Adobo in just about every one of my Cuban recipes. It’s been a staple of Latin, South American, Hispanic, and Caribbean cooking for decades and it’s products have always been a staple of my pantry and my family’s pantry.

Ever since I started my blog and began sharing my recipes, I have been asked by a few followers if I had a recipe for homemade Goya seasonings. Usually it’s because they don’t want the additives or the MSG , but sometimes it’s because it can be hard to find depending on where you live, especially outside of South, Central, and North America. I have a spice mix substitute on my Black Beans recipe and I usually just tell them to head on over there and check it out. However, I never had the time to actually work on recreating a true copycat recipe…until now.

There is no doubt that due to the events in the news, lots of people are looking for a substitute for Goya products. It breaks my heart that a large majority of my fellow Latino and Latina brother’s and sisters, feel like they have been let down by a product that they so loved and made their meals feel like home. I know how important cooking traditional family dishes are and it’s the sole purpose of why I started my blog and my YouTube channel. So, I decided to take this time and share my recipes for the 3 most widely used seasonings by Goya: Goya Adobo, Goya Sazonador Total, and Goya Sazon con Asafran.

So whether you are boycotting Goya or just want a homemade option for your health, here are my recipes that will not only replace these Goya seasoning, but I bet you won’t even know the difference! How do I know that? Well, it started with me researching and analyzing the ingredient list on the back of the bottles. Thankfully Goya is very specific about what herbs and seasons they use.

Then I analyzed things like, grain size, look, and smell of each season blend. Then came the taste tests.

I subjected my family to a full battery of taste testing. My poor family were blind testing samples straight out of jars and on endless pieces of chicken, all while I kept asking over and over…which do you like better A or B? Do they taste the same? Why? Which do you think is the Goya brand and which is mine?

Finally, I came up with 3 recipes that I think are indistinguishable from the real thing!

Below is the recipe for Copycat Goya Adobe. Click on the links here for the recipe for

Goya Sazonador Total or Goya Sazon con Asafran (with Saffron)

Copycat Goya Adobo Seasoning

by Lana Horruitiner Perez

  • 3 Tbl Garlic Powder
  • 3 Tbl Table Salt
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric

Equipment (optional):

Mortar and Pestle

Krups Coffee/Spice Grinder

First, grind the 1 tsp dried Oregano into a fine powder. I use a mortar and pestle, but you can place it in a Ziploc bag and crush it with a mallet or a rolling pin.

Add the Oregano to a bowl and add 3 Tbl Garlic Powder, 3 Tbl Salt, and 1/2 tsp Tumeric. Mix well.

Pour into a spice grinder and pulse about 5 to 6 times.

Pour into a mason jar, spice jar, or any air tight container.

Buen Provecho!

My homemade seasoning on the left, and the Goya brand on the right.
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Copycat Goya Adobo

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Seasonings, Spice
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Adobo, Copycat seasoning, homemade goya, how to make your own adobo
Servings: 10


  • mortar and pestle
  • Coffee grinder


  • 3 Tbl Garlic Powder
  • 3 Tbl Salt I used Table Salt. If you are using Kosher Salt, increase by a 1/4 Tbl and grind longer.
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric


  • Pulverize 1 tsp dried Oregano in a mortar and pestle (or crush in a Ziploc bag) until a fine powder.
  • Strain Oregano through a strainer and into a bowl, so you don't have any large pieces.
  • To bowl, add 3 Tbl Garlic Powder, 3 Tbl Salt, and 1/2 tsp Tumeric. Mix well.
  • In small batches, add the mix to a coffee/spice grinder. Grind for 5 -7 pulses until a fine powder consistency.
  • Store in a jar or spice shaker. Buen Provecho!
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Carmen Garcia

Really Lena. This is quite disappointing. I will be u subscribing from tour blogs and emails since you had to go political.


I love this idea. I often want to make recipes and I don’t have the “brand or specific ingredient” I love that I can use stuff I almost always have to add lib. Don’t worry about small minded people that can’t see your genius. I think your great!

Alex Laza

Your own words. “a large majority… have been let down by a product”. So this is in reference to MSG?? Come on. At least be honest and admit you are upset that the CEO of GOYA was at the White House. Amazing that you had no issue when he was at the White House visiting the Obama administration. Don’t be a two face.


Girl yessss!!!! Your energy I love it. Well for Carmen unsubscribing to your blog, I will be subscribing. You lose one and gain more . I will be telling my girls to come follow you! Don’t ever lose vision because of people like that. Talk to you soon LANA 😁


You lost one and another a couple more! I’ve been watching your YouTube videos… And just stumbled across your blog! Keep up the good work… We appreciate ya!

You’re like the only person doing Omni Plus videos lol!

Dawn Nelson

Same here. As soon as boycott was mentioned, I immediately went to Goya and ordered the real product.


For the Saxon con Azafran, do you just add saffron? Are you still working on it?
Thanks for doing this. I like Sazon, but not all the salt and “stuff”




Also, ignore the haters. I really enjoy your cooking and your replies and feedback! 😀

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¡Hola! Let me start off by saying thank you! I was hesitant to try, but so happy I did. I’ve used Goya my entire life, and I will no longer buy their products. I followed your recipe and it tastes better than the original. It’s less saltier. ¡Mil gracias! Bendiciones.


5 stars
Ooh. I appreciate you going making a recipe and sharing.
I am not fond of additives, and a live in a rural setting with no grocery store.
Thank you!


Thank you for posting this. You were delicate with your words and you never pushed personal views on anyone. It is a fact that many in our community feel a certain way about the brand now. It is also a fact that Goya has msg and tcp in it, both are bad for your health. I have been making my own for years because I cut the salt i half in mine and I also cut the oregano in half because hubby doesn’t like oregano as much. I appreciate your blog and I thank you for this post.


Oh yes, for all those unsubscribing, wish you all well. I am now subscribing. And I sent this recipe to several friends so I’m sure they will subscribe as well. Blessings to you


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Thanks for the homemade version! You love to cook and your heart is in the right place. Keep sharing!


Thank you for this video I’ve been looking for replacements for these products. Some of my reasons are political others because my family can’t have MSG. How dare anyone come on your page and act so rude! They made it political. Your video is your video, If people don’t like what they are watching just leave. No need to announce your departure this is not an airport! Thank you, and keep up the amazing work. I’ll be replacing the msg with yeast extract or shiitake powder.


hey what’s the serving size of this? 1 TSP?


Thank you so much! I was looking for a substitute recipe for adobo since I’m boycotting Goya. I will try it. 🙂

Estefania Suarez

Ive always loved your recipes but since this post……. really?? Ill go out and buy xtra goya. latina here for Trump wake up maam im not unsubbing but you truly need to do more research