Versatile, packed with flavor and color, Sazon Seasoning is a Latin pantry staple that’s perfect to brighten up flavors while not adding heat.
While I typically head to my nearby Latin market called Tropical Star for my Latin spices (and their Columbian empanadas are to die for!) it was closed the other day when I needed some Sazon Seasoning when making Ropa Vieja.
Goya is the brand best know for Latin cooking and pantry products. I did my best to replicate what I think is a great substitute without the added salt I’m sure, and there is no MSG in this either.
No artificial flavors or colorings when you make it yourself.
Like I said, most ingredients can be found in your pantry right, like ground coriander, cumin, garlic and onion powders, but the key ingredient to give it that rich, red color is achiote powder.
If Annatto seeds or achiote powder (Read more about it here) is not available, you can substitute with a good pinch of saffron threads or same amount of turmeric. If saffron is unavailable or not to your liking my next substitute would be 1 part turmeric to 2 parts paprika. Enjoy!
Sazon Seasoning - Latin Spice Blend
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp achiote powder (See Note 1)
- 1 tbsp oregano (See Note 2)
- 1 tbsp dried cilantro
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- In a spice grinder or food processor add the ground coriander, cumin, achiote, oregano, cilantro, garlic and onion powders, kosher salt and pepper and pulse until a fine grind. Store in an airtight container.
- If Annatto seeds or achiote powder (Read more about it here) is not available, you can substitute with a good pinch of saffron threads or same amount of turmeric. If saffron is unavailable or not to your liking my next substitute would be 1 part turmeric to 2 parts paprika.
- For Latin cooking I prefer to use Mexican oregano, but feel free to use regular oregano. Mexican oregano is a relative of Lemon Verbena and is native to Mexico. Similar in that it’s pungent like Mediterranean oregano, Mexican oregano has notes of mild licorice and citrus. Mediterranean oregano is a member of the mint family and most often is used in Greek and Italian recipes. Mediterranean oregano is the one most found in spice racks and supermarkets.