This Homemade Sazon Seasoning is a versatile and flavorful spice blend, free from MSG, artificial colors, and anti-caking agents commonly found in store-bought versions. With just 7 ingredients, it adds delicious taste to pulled pork, fish, chicken, beef, beans and rice, and more!
Easy Homemade Sazon Seasoning
Say goodbye to store-bought blends filled with unknown additives. With this simple recipe, you can make your very own sazon seasoning at home. Enjoy the savory, smoky flavor that complements a variety of dishes, from meats to beans and rice. Plus, it's free of MSG and preservatives, so you can savor your meals with confidence. Get ready to elevate your cooking with this versatile and flavorful seasoning mix!
What is Sazon Seasoning?
Sazón seasoning is a famous mix of spices used in Latin American and Caribbean cooking, especially in places like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. People love it for its bright red-orange color and unique taste!
You can use Sazón seasoning to make your food taste even better. It works great with dishes like rice, beans, stews, soups, and meat. Many traditional recipes like arroz con pollo or picadillo start with this flavorful seasoning.
What is in Sazon Seasoning
If you want to marinate meat immediately with your sazon seasoning, feel free to add fresh ingredients. But if you're saving it for later or have extra to store, it's better to stick with dried herbs and spices.
- Ground coriander adds a citrusy and earthy flavor to the blend.
- Ground annatto seeds or turmeric powder gives the seasoning its characteristic red-orange color.
- Garlic powder enhances the overall savory taste of the blend.
- Onion powder adds a subtle onion flavor without the need for fresh onions.
- Ground cumin contributes warm and aromatic notes to the seasoning.
- Dried Mexican oregano provides a pleasant herbal aroma and taste.
- Salt is optional and can be adjusted according to personal preference.
🔪 How to Make Sazon Seasoning
Making sazon seasoning at home is easy. Grab some measuring spoons, a small bowl, and an airtight container to store it. Just mix the ingredients together!
When using the seasoning, start with a small amount and add more to taste.
Tips for Homemade Sazon Seasoning Recipe
- Use fresh spices: Ground spices lose flavor quickly, usually within 3 to 6 months after opening. So, use newly bought spices for the best results.
- Store in an airtight container: Keep your sazon seasoning in a glass jar or airtight container to protect it from air and moisture. Avoid using plastic bags as they can puncture easily and let too much air in.
- This sazon seasoning recipe makes 6 tablespoons. We usually use 1 ½ tablespoons per pound of meat. The base is the dry ingredients listed above, but you can add fresh cilantro, adobo sauce, or onion if using it right away.
- For the red color, ground annatto seeds are used, but you can swap them for turmeric or a 50/50 blend of turmeric and paprika.
- 2 ½ tablespoons of this seasoning equals one small 1.41-ounce store-bought packet of Sazon seasoning.
Ways to Use
Add this spice mix to marinades, soups, stews, yellow rice, and meats like pork, beef, chicken, and seafood! It's perfect for beef fillings or to enhance the taste of juicy Chicken Drumsticks!
Store this spice blend in an airtight spice jar or container at room temperature. For optimal flavor, store it in a cool and dark place and use it within 6 months.
Where do you get the ground annatto? You might not find annatto powder easily in regular grocery stores, but Latin food stores and Hispanic markets often have it. We buy it online from Amazon, where there are many options at a low cost. We usually go for Badia brand. Ground annatto is sometimes called "achiote."
Is there salt in sazon seasoning? Sazon seasoning contains salt, but the best part of making your own is you can adjust the salt level! Skip it or add more depending on your taste. You can even use a low-sodium salt substitute!
How long does homemade sazon seasoning last? Herbs and spices, including sazon, lose their flavor after 4-6 months. While they may not taste as fresh, they are still safe to eat even after that time. For the best taste, use sazon within 6 months.
Can I use sazon seasoning as a substitute for other spice blends? Definitely! Sazon seasoning is super versatile. Try a little and imagine how it'll enhance your recipe. It's a perfect swap for adobo or taco seasoning!
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