mojo; mojo sauce

Pronunciation: [MOH-hoh]

A sauce that comes in many variations (most of which are spicy-hot) and is ubiquitous in the Canary Islands, Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean. In the Canary Islands mojo comes in several forms: red (based on red peppers), green (green peppers) and orange (carrot), all flavored with garlic, oil, vinegar and various other ingredients. The red is often paired with potatoes, the green with fish, and the orange with beef. Cuba has a proliferation of bitter oranges, so much of the mojo in that country is flavored with orange juice. Although mojo recipes abound, most include the basics of garlic, oil, onions, various seasonings (such as cumin and cilantro), red peppers, chiles and the juice from limes and/or sour oranges.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Make a Boozy Sauce

You don't have to be a chef to look cool in the kitchen: Fire up your pan with these sauces.

50 Caramel Sauce Treats

Food Network Magazine dreamed up dozens of new ways to use a jar of caramel sauce. 

Bobby's Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce and Relish

Dress up your Thanksgiving dinner spread with Bobby Flay's recipes for homemade cranberry sauce and relish from Food Network.

50 Things to Make with Pasta Sauce

Food Network Magazine proves that marinara in your pantry is good for much more than spaghetti.

Marinades and Sauces for Perfect Grilled Food

Spice up summer meals with go-to grilling marinades and sauces

Upgrade Your BBQ Sauce

Add bold flavors to store-bought barbecue sauce with these helpful hacks.

10 Sauces to Dress Up Chicken Breasts

Tired of the same old roasted, grilled or baked chicken breasts? Transform your dinner from ho-hum to high-flavor with these 10 easy toppers for any occasion.

Barbecue with Marinades, Rubs, Mops, and Sauces

Learn how pitmasters make their special mark.

How to Make a Basic Tomato Sauce: A Step-by-Step Guide

Read these simple steps for making a delicious tomato sauce, then watch our how-to video.

Slow Cooker Sundae Sauces

A stress-free way to have fresh, warm, homemade sauces for your next sundae party -- courtesy of your slow cooker and the hosts of The Kitchen.